Written By Mia Taylor
Getting ready for work during summer time can sometimes be a kind of a catch 22. You want to be comfortable and not boil on your way to work, but also not freeze while there, which may seem like mission impossible. In order to help you get out of this conundrum, we have thought long and hard, and have come up with amazing solutions. These are definitely guaranteed to have you looking your best, sleek and professional self, sans melting.
Simple and Effective
One of the secrets to surviving summer, and in this case summer plus work is light colors. Light colors reflect light which makes them cooler to wear in the summer. Pastels and whites are definitely your life-saving options. Therefore, a light, short-sleeved white shirt that doesn’t reveal too much skin provides a perfect balance between comfortable and professional. A T-shirt on its own can exude a casual vibe, so to take things up a notch in the sleek department go for a pencil skirt made from natural and breathable fabrics. This is the second secret of the ‘summer at work’ survival guide – natural fabrics. Cotton is extremely comfortable and allows your body to breathe with ease. Linen and silk are also fabulous choices. For this combo, add a touch of drama with peep toe platforms, and you are all set.
The words layering and summer in the same sentence may sound ridiculous, but layers are actually secret number three of the survival guide. With the hot and then cold situation, especially if you’re one of those ‘I’m always cold’ people, this is the ultimate hack. An ivory or pastel pink knee-length silk dress with ¾ sleeves doesn’t only provide ease of movement and comfort but also exudes professionalism. Once in the AC space, throw on a stylish cream oversized blazer. For additional sleekness and style, nude pumps and a frame bag are in order. Now, with such pale hues, makeup can pose a bit of a challenge. You know you have to wear it, you are at work after all, but a melting face that stains your clothes is not on your wish list. The trick to mastering summer makeup is to keep things light; heavy foundations have no place in your summer makeup kit and should be ditched in favor of something sheer and light (with a dose of SPF). This is where something along the lines of Jane Iredale Dream Tint Tinted Moisturiser comes to your rescue. It’s lightweight, gives you a healthy glow and zero smudging. While on the subject of smudging, a waterproof mascara is an item to turn to, as well as sheer lipsticks that will hydrate and protect the lips during this hot weather.
Business Casual Perfection
We’re of course still on pale hues. This next combination consists of a sleeveless white button down shirt. Make sure it doesn’t hug your body. Secret number four – when in doubt go with oversized. Since most offices now have a more relaxed dress-code policy, you can even get away with an amazing pair of stylish culottes. Jessica Alba went bold with a bright orange pair, and so should you. You simply have to include a bit of color and show that you’re not letting the heat kill your creativity or your spirit. Once you have one bright garment, your accessories (bag and footwear) can stand to be understated and with culottes, you can go with nude ballet flats and a solid tote in the same hue.
Good to Go
Second only to a dress, a jumpsuit is the easiest thing you can pull out of your closet. This works to your advantage during those hectic mornings when you don’t know whether to brush your teeth, make your morning fuel or get dressed first. The second reason jumpsuits are amazing is that they cover the skin enough to be appropriate for the workplace without compromising your sense of comfort. If you’re reluctant about going all white, stripes are the perfect alternative. You can also go with pale gray (very work-appropriate). Put on a white pair of open-toe block heel sandals and a nude satchel and you can even go for drinks afterwards – no need for a wardrobe change.