I work in data analysis, in the office space of a factory in France. There is no air conditioning where I work and it does get quite hot. My question is: Is it acceptable to wear a tank top to work. I'm not talking about spaghetti straps, or anything particularly revealing here, just something without sleeves. I have to have covered legs and closed shoes for safety reasons working in the factory so my upper body is really the only part I might be able to cool down.
I am the only woman who works here (which is probably an issue for another question), and the only woman of my age (early 20s) that I know of in the whole company. The men in my office wear T shirts regularly, and jeans and sweatshirts. It's a quite relaxed dress code. However, I don't have any women on whom to model my own fashion choices. Tank tops are not a common piece of male fashion in general though, so I don't know if they don't wear them because they don't want to, or because there's some rule. I have seen factory workers in a "wife beater" kind of get up, but it's not really the same environment in the office.
I don't have any contact with clients or even colleagues most of the time (literally work solo in the corner of the open space facing the wall), and wouldn't even consider this if I had an important meeting or a chance of seeing clients, but isn't getting sweaty and gross less professional than going sleeveless? Also, there are showers in the male changing rooms, but not the women's so if I do get gross, there's no solution for me.
Standing out is not an issue for me here, and I'll admit it's a bit of a fashion choice too. Not really asking for tips on cooling down, just asking if there's a general consensus on this kind of top in the workplace.
Note: I contacted the HR person, who told me to check the "règlement interieur" (basically the company rule book), and I couldn't find anything in there about clothes at all. I did make it clear in my email that this is the kind of information I was looking for and I was just told to check the rules, so I don't think there's an official stance....