Archive for August 2nd, 2006

How To: Dress for Work During a Heat Wave


The key to looking fresh at work despite the sweltering heat is to keep your look simple and remember that the difference between looking crisp and feeling wilted is all in the details.  To beat the heat while keeping your look professional, try:

Lightweight, Breathable Fabrics: It goes without saying that lighter weight fabrics are generally going to be cooler than heavier weight fabrics.  However, consider how breathable the fabric is.  Natural fabrics like cotton and linen work especially well on hot days because they absorb and release moisture quickly, allowing fabric to “breathe.”

Simple Silhouettes: Simple, unfussy silhouettes—such as a well-cut suit or a shift dress—automatically give your look a polished feel, even when you’re sitting in the stifling heat.

Adding the Unexpected:
Upon this simple foundation, add an unexpected color or detail to punch up your outfit.  A bright color, an oversized collar, or a special detail like pintucking or piping will take your outfit from simply work-appropriate to stunning.

Layering: Layering becomes more important than ever when alternating between the blisteringly warm outdoors and an ice-cold air-conditioned office.  Keep a fitted sweater on hand in the office to weather these temperature shifts.

Personal Grooming:
Neat hair, manicured nails, and scuff free shoes—personal grooming essentials—are de rigeur.  Longhaired women can pull back their hair into a ponytail or a bun for a refined look.  Oil absorbing facial wipes work well to keep your skin fresh looking (and feeling) throughout the day.

We’ve used these principles to create a mini-series of heat-resistant and work-appropriate outfits for women and men.  Enjoy!

For Women
For Men

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Wear To Work: Beat the Heat in a Sleeveless Top and Wide-legged Trousers

Tuxedo detailing on the top complements the graceful drape of the wide-legged trousers.

Elegant Casual Fashion Formula = Shrug + Sleeveless Top + Wide-legged Trousers + Heels.

Burdock Shrug by Theory

Burdock C Knit Shrug by Theory | $180 at ScoopNYC

Caty Lawn Melange Top by Theory

Caty Lawn Melange Top by Theory | $180 at Shopbop

Stratford Pants at Anthropologie

Stratford Pants | $88 at Anthropologie

Ralph Lauren \"Chelle\" Pump
Ralph Lauren "Chelle" Pump | $149.95 at Nordstrom

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Wear To Work: Beat the Heat in a Solid Top and a Printed Skirt

A grafitti-style printed skirt and a sunny yellow sweater makes this outfit "Pop."

Elegant Casual Fashion Formula = Sweater + Solid Top + Graphic Skirt + Flats.

Anthropologie Seapod Hoodie

Seapod Hoodie | $88 at Anthropologie

Rebecca Taylor Voile Top

Rebecca Taylor Cotton Voile Top | $190 at Shopbop

Bea Skirt at Anthropologie

Bea Skirt | $118 at Anthropologie

Jet Beaded Velvet Ballet Flat
Jet Beaded Velvet Ballet Flat | $148 at ScoopNYC

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Wear To Work: Beat the Heat in a Shirtdress

Bright orange perks up an office-appropriate light blue shirtdress.

Elegant Casual Fashion Formula = Shirtdress + Flats.

BCBG Max Azria Pinstripe Shirtdress

BCBG Max Azria Pinstripe Shirtdress | $160 at Nordstrom

Mimosa Peep Toe Flats at Anthropologie

Mimosa Peep-Toe Flats | $78 at Anthropologie

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Wear To Work [Men]: Beat the Heat in a Cotton Shirt and Lightweight Pants

Punch up the same-old button-down shirt and slacks routine with an unexpected color.

Business Casual Fashion Formula = Cotton Voile Shirt + Cotton Pants + Suede Loafers.

Slim Fit Cotton Voile Shirt by Hartford

Slim Fit Cotton Voile Shirt by Hartford | $145 at ScoopNYC

Mason Canvas Pant

Mason Canvas Pant | $160 at ScoopNYC

Suede Loafer by Hush Puppies

Suede Loafers by Hush Puppies | $120 at ScoopNYC

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Wear To Work [Men]: Beat the Heat in a Lightweight Suit

Say it’s summer by adding a tappan-check shirt and patterned tie to your lightweight suit.

Business Formal Fashion Formula = Lightweight Suit + Patterned Tie + Dress Shirt + Dress Shoes.

Hugo Boss \'Einstein Sigma\' Basic Suit

Hugo Boss ‘Einstein Sigma’ Basic Suit | $695 at Nordstrom

Refined dot-tie

Refined dot-tie | $59.50 at Banana Republic

Tappan-check Shirt

Tappan-check Shirt | $69.50 at J. Crew

Street Smart Dress Shoes from Kenneth Cole

"Street Smart" Dress Shoe | $175 at Kenneth Cole

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Marc Jacobs Patent Pumps

Marc Jacobs Patent Pump One part girly, one part funky….but Totally cool.

$395 at Shopbop.

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