Going to work is enough of a challenge on those lazy, hazy days of summer. It’s even worse trying to get there in the blistering heat while still looking like a professional. In my house, the air conditioner blasts on high all summer long. When I finally step outside in the heat and humidity, I feel like my clothes are about ready to wilt. So I’ve come up with a few tricks of the trade to stay stylish, professional, and still feel cool and comfortable.
What to avoid. Heavy tights, lightweight white blouses, and anything that needs to stay starched is not going to be your fashion friend in the high heat. Heavy tights will just add to your heat level. Lightweight white blouses are bound to turn see-through if you sweat. Anything that needs to stay crisp and starched is likely to look wrinkly and wilted by noon. Also, avoid heavy wool fabrics and too many layers, as you’ll be more likely to overheat.
Simple wrap dress. A simple wrap dress in a comfy fabric is a great way to go on hot days. This go-to outfit is easy to wear, and looks great on most body shapes. Choose one in a medium weight fabric and medium hued color for optimum coverage, but stay away from very heavy fabrics and very dark colors. A loose, swingy skirt will look great and feel cool, too. This style looks great with a pair of dressy sandals, ballet flats, or even kitten heels. If your office requires hosiery, choose a sheer, lightweight pair over heavy tights.
Maxi skirt. A maxi skirt in a non-jersey fabric is also a great style for the office. It’s conservative and flatters most frames. Top it off with a neatly styled knit blouse with some interesting detail. If your office is cool, throw on a cardigan and add some statement jewelry to give your outfit a little punch.
Lightweight trousers. Sleek trousers in a light fabric will keep you cool and business casual. A sheer blouse over a camisole will give you plenty of breathability. A cap sleeve top is usually enough to meet an office’s no-tank rule, but check with your boss if you’re not sure. A wrap blouse, loose tunic, or other neat looking knit top will look great and feel cool. Avoid shirts that wrinkle easy, as the high humidity will make shirts more prone to wrinkling. Toss a light sweater or boyfriend blazer over top if you’re office tends to get chilly.
When it comes to looking great and staying cool, choose mostly lightweight or medium weight fabrics. Always check with your office policy to see if you can wear sandals, flip-flops, or tank tops. Always keep a sweater handy in case your office is air conditioned. Keep your outfit clean, wrinkle free, and neat and tidy for the most professional results.