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:

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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:

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

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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

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  1. Yes, you definitely look good with that cool outfit Heidi :)

  2. Nice suit, looks so comfy and summery!

  3. 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..

  4. 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!

  5. 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’..

  6. 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…

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

  9. Aaliyah Jane Cross says:

    you know what they say about summer.. skin is in.. so I’m wearing sleeveless to work, too! :)

  10. Of my.. You’ve got gorgeous white heels, I’m envious!

  11. 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 :)

  12. Jessie Wakefield says:

    Oh yes, you looked definitely cool, Heidi,both figuratively and literally!