I'll be honest, I haven't been in the 'professional work force' for a number of years, but I do have some tips for you to staying cool and looking professional at the same time. It was a requested post by several of you, so I did some research, asked around, and came up with a few answers for you. I also want to make sure I'm not leaving out my working mamas!!
I've been told that most companies are moving to a dress code titled 'smart casual'. The definition of this term is 'neat, conventional, yet relatively informal in style, especially as worn to conform to a certain dress code'. This is good news! While there are still some obvious dress guidelines in place, it means most companies are becoming a little more lax in what they allow you to wear. Of course, this does not mean sweat pants and sneakers, unfortunately, or anything too revealing. But thats okay, we are striving for classy!
My first tip for you women working in the professional business world is to stick to dresses and skirts. (Only in the summer, of course. Pants are so chic for fall/winter) As you can see, the dress I have styled here is still very modest, yet it allows me to stay cool with it's sleeveless silhouette. Dresses and skirts allow for more movement, and therefore more air circulation, whereas pants keep you constrained and will cause you to heat up faster. If you can, go with sleeveless styles. If not, try to find a smaller cap sleeve. As for skirts, pick a mid length that is a little looser and flowy.
Next, try to stick to light, breathable fabrics. Again, these are going to help with air circulation and will allow you to stay cooler. If your office is cold, style your pieces with light layers. Find a lightweight jacket or cardigan that can easily be removed when needed. Also, I think lighter colors tend to keep you cooler, whereas black attracts the sun.
Thirdly, go with open shoes. I have heard that shoes is one of the things you have the most freedom in. I would go with a open, heeled sandal like the one I am wearing here. Open shoes actually make a huge difference in body heat. When your feet are trapped inside a shoe, they will quickly heat up and it will heat up your entire body. Once your at that hot point, it is hard to cool down! And none of us need that melting makeup look, am I right?
Lastly, wear your hair back. Unless you have short hair, then you are all set. Your hair can feel like a thick scarf keeping your neck warm, or so I've heard. My hair is so thin that it is no good at keeping me warm in the winter. But still, even with my thin hair, it feels good to pull it back when I am feeling nice and toasty. Throw your hair back in a classy top knot or a slicked back pony, not only will it help keep you cool, you will look very stylish and professional, ready to conquer the days tasks!
I hope these tips helped a little! Stay tuned because I plan to do another work wear post soon with my absolute favorite blogger (and idol), Loverly Grey. I am so beyond flattered and excited. She will be giving you guys more work wear inspiration, so make sure to stay tuned for that! And if you're not already following her, you should check her out. She is so sweet and genuine and has the best taste in fashion.
Dressing for the professional world can make it difficult to dress in a way that keeps you cool. You have to make sure your clothes are professional and that takes a way a little bit of the freedom you would usually have in your wardrobe. I have four tips to help stay cool while still looking professional.
1. Wear dresses and skirts, they allow for more movement than pants which can be constricting and heat trapping
2. Get your pieces in lightweight fabrics. This may be an obvious choice, but your fabric choice can really make a huge difference.
3. Wear open shoes that allow your feet to breathe!
4. Wear your hair back! We all know that our hair can be one of the biggest culprits in heating us up, wearing it back in a chic style can really help as well!