Summer heat and corporate appearance codes aren’t the best combination to dress for. Sure, we’ve talked about when and where to bare some skin, but there’s a time and a place – summer might be the time, but work is not the place. Here’s how to dress for oppressive humidity as the mercury climbs and your productivity trickles.
Tweeting shoes and smart glasses aren’t the only ways technology and fashion can interact. By engineering flat threads, clothing companies like Columbia can make clothing that smartly reacts to the weather -- the weave of the fabric itself releases heat, so it stays cool all day rather than trapping warmth from your body. Sounds super technical, but even techy clothes can be really attractive. Take this flattering tank dress in basic black -- all you have to do is add some statement jewelry and a lightweight blazer to look as cool as you feel.
Banana Republic Lightweight Wool Blazer This isn’t your old ugly Christmas wool. Smart, lightweight wool is actually a breathable and easy-to-wear fabric. This blazer’s thin wool and spandex blend won’t suffocate you in the summer, but keeps you looking professional and put-together. Plus, the classic fit and versatile fabric makes this piece a wonderful investment -- you can wear it year-round.
Geox D Leslie Flats Who has time to be tripping and slipping in heels and fussy sandals when you’re sweating and running to catch the A train? For one thing, platform heights have been falling in recent years. Heels aren’t the only way to dress in a professional and adult way, though they certainly have their benefits. It’s just that a ballet flat can look just as sharp and refined. Take these python-print leather slip ons. Their rubber soles won’t skid awkwardly or break your ankles, and they’re breathable and practical -- not to mention beautiful.
Horny Toad Activewear Oblique Skirt The key to dressing for any commute is versatility. Just like wearing layers in transitional seasons and keeping an umbrella in your bag, the best way to make summer wardrobe purchases is to invest in pieces that are subtle and multi-use. The spandex and organic cotton blend of this activewear skirt breathes and moves easily, so you can run around in it all day. Plus, because of the elasticity of the material, you can roll the waistband to adjust the length. Since it’s such a basic shape, you can pair it with a huge range of casual and professional looks -- a nice blouse and flats for the office, or sneakers and a tank for errands.
Theory Tritta Linen Blend Top We’ve already talked about how linen is one of the most versatile and underrated fabrics of all time. In case you didn’t catch the hint, try incorporating a linen piece – like this Theory button down – into your professional wardrobe for summer. It’ll naturally wick moisture and keep you cool, even if the office AC is struggling.