It feels like just yesterday we were eagerly awaiting the arrival of warmer weather, doesn’t it? And just like that, here we are in the dog days of summer, with many of us looking forward to the relief of autumn! It’s so difficult to dress for the office this time of year, isn’t it? It’s blazing hot outdoors, and then many workplaces are air conditioned to the extent that we need to wear an extra layer. So how do you balance the extreme conditions, while maintaining your effortlessly chic style? You know I’ve got tips for you, friends!
Dresses are a Girl’s Best Friend!
A great dress will keep you cool on the way in to the office. Once you’re settled in at work, you can add layers to take the chill off - a cardigan, a button-down, a light scarf or shawl… the options are endless and the variety will help keep your look fresh as a daisy.
This Shift Dress in Navy is a great basic, sleek foundation - you can add accessories with lots of color or prints to really spice up your look.
Alternatively, this Updated Peasant Dress is so light and breezy but also has enough interesting details that you’ll still look put together.
Conventional wisdom has always been that light colors will reflect light (and thus, heat), while dark will absorb, so you should wear lighter colors to stay cool. Well, I have great news for my fellow black/navy devotees: science says that while the idea is right, the darker fabrics aren’t necessarily transferring that heat to your body - so if you’ve got a lightweight fabric, or a nice flowy piece - color doesn’t matter!
A nice light top not only pairs well with a skirt or pants, but also will layer beautifully. You’ll easily stay cool on the way to work, especially if you choose a sleeveless style. Then add a blazer, cardigan or other layer once you’ve arrived at your destination! This Sleeveless Top has a great tie-front detail that I’m just in love with.
It's worth investing in a good summer work wardrobe. Look for timeless pieces that will work well in the summer and transition to fall. When in doubt, buy neutral colours - navy, grey, cream or black - and you'll never regret it.