Hello Stylish Ones! One question I get from many women this time of year is how to dress appropriately for the office or other professional settings when the temps outside are rivaling the surface of the sun. Even the most casual position requires you to wear more than your bathing suit, water wings and flip flops, tempted as you may be. So what’s a Stylish One to do? Consider summer layering. Yes, I know. I said it. ‘Layering’ and ‘Summer’, together. It seems an abomination, to put on any clothing, lest one piece after another.
Why layering? It adds dimension and interest to your unique Style. Also, those extra items can come in handy when you move inside to an air conditioned building with the thermostat set on hypothermia.
Rule #1: Choose your fabrics wisely: silk and cotton breathe. Chiffon is delightful this time of year. Very thin, loose or flowy items such as dresses, skirts, and tops will be your go-to staples. City shorts, which are about knee length, are so chic and acceptable in most office settings. Light colors are a must as they reflect the sunlight.
Rule #2: What you steer clear from here is just as important: too tight anything, and if you can wear dresses or skirts all summer, do so! These pieces are like instant air conditioning, they allow air to circulate and flow. Dark colors are going to attract heat. Black, my truest and dearest Friend, I’ll see you in October.
Rule #3: Air conditioning for your feet means stylish summer sandals, but no rubber flips flops outside the pool. Don’t make me come write you up a Fashion Police ticket.
Rule #4: Continue to layer like you do in Fall and Winter, although not as much and with thinner, lighter items. Use jewelry to add an extra level of sophistication. If that scarf is too hot around your neck then tie it around the handle of your bag. Use wispy thin cardigans and cotton blazers to take that little summer dress up a professional notch. Vests in lace, crochet, or cotton are often just the right touch.
Pim+Larkin Blazer, $79, Piperlime.gap.com