Stay Cool and Look Good at Work

It might be tempting to reach for your go-to black-wool suit every morning, but trust me – show up dressed like that during the summer months and even if your office AC is pumped up to arctic temperatures, you’ll look as though you haven’t checked a calendar in eons.

Check out how cool (both literally and figuratively!) I look in this fabulous white, sleeveless Gerard Darel suit:

how to wear a sleeveless suit

Notice that because you’re showing more skin (your arms), you’ll want to keep the rest of the suit loose.  This balances the bare-arm so that you’ll maintain a sense of professional decorum.  Leave the fitted, nipped/tucked, sleeveless outfits for the Miami Beach clubs.

Pops of color (blue blouse and saffron purse) keep the suit from looking too plain or stodgy:

wear a sleeveless suit

However, I wore the same color shoes as the suit in order to elongate my legs:

sleeveless suit for summer

Subconsciously this suit says, a la a magician, “I’ve got nothing up my sleeves” – it’s a subtle display of trustworthiness. OK, that might be stretching it, but it IS cool during the summer months.  And so much more work-appropriate than short-shorts.

How do you stay cool during the hot summer months?


Photography credit: Erica Hampton


  1. says

    I’ve been wearing sleeveless and short-sleeved blouses lately at work. The scorching heat of the sun might as well put a tan on my shoulders, but I welcome it, because before long, it’s gonna be winter again and I won’t be able to wear this comfy sleeveless once again..

  2. Aaliyah Jane says

    I love the shoes you’re wearing, it looks perfect with your sleeveless suit. And your workbag/bag – it’s to die for! I love it!

  3. marjorie says

    I think wearing sleeveless tops is not so bad, I mean, you can always pair it with a full skirt, or wear a vest on top of it, so it would still look cool and not street-trashy.. Just sayin’..

  4. Carrie Ann says

    You’re right. Wearing shoes that’s same color with your pants helps make you look long legged. And wearing sleeveless to the office isn’t really a bad thing, it’s actually appropriate, given the state of the season…

  5. Helga says

    I stay cool this summer with sleeveless / tank tops too. and cropped denim shorts. Yeep, I know, not very appropriate, but it’s street wise.

  6. says

    I agree with you, Heidi, wearing white really looks fabulous on you. I love your white stilettos too! And the blue blouse underneath all that whites is perfect.

  7. says

    there’s nothing like beating the summer sun than wearing sleeveless! I go sleeveless lately at work, too, in pale yellow colors. Feels perfectly comfortable, I must say :)

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