Dressing Appropriately for the Office When the Weather Outside is Approximately the Temperature of the Sun

7 years ago

I will start this out by saying that while I know not all office dress codes are the same, the icky, sticky feeling of dressing nicely and then setting out for work in 97-degree weather is universally awful.

I used to leave for the office in the summer in outfits that I thought looked pretty and polished, but was dismayed to see that when I arrived home 10 hours later, it appeared as though I had been dragged there by ill-tempered wolves. Disheveled doesn't even begin to cover it. With that in mind, I set out to streamline my summer office wardrobe plan, and I'm sharing it with you today:


There is nothing -- NOTHING -- worse than purchasing what seems to be a cute skirt, only to realize mid-sweltering subway ride that it's made out of polyester and POSSIBLY PLASTIC, given how much you're sweating through it. Linen and cotton are your friends this time of year.


I adore dresses during the summer. You slip one on and you're good to go -- just add shoes! They look good, there's no concern about matching up various pieces, or constantly adjusting them once they're on. A dress is the epitome of effortless style.This Cotton Lawn Dress from Shabby Apple ($88) is gorgeous, and balances a streamlined office silhouette with stunning color/design. Skirts are another option, because, well, once the temperature climbs above 80 or so, unless I have a meeting, I avoid pants. With so many pretty yet still office-appropriate skirt options out there, it's easy to keep cool AND professional. 


Unless your office's dress code forbids it, sleeveless tops are great during sweltering weather. I love looking for structured, button-down tops that have a bit of a ruffle/funky detail, or floatier ones that have draping going on, such as this adorable Polka Dots and Moonbeams shirt from Ruche ($45). If I'm going less conservative on top (i.e., with a sleeveless shirt), I try to balance it out by pairing it with a more traditional bottom piece.  J. Crew's superfine cotton skirt ($98)  is a classic, and a perfect way to incorporate the natural fabric and skirt ideas into your outfit as well.

What are your tips for comfortable-yet-professional work attire to beat the August heat?

Metalia also blogs here.

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