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Q&A: What to Wear for Summer Volunteer Work

Love Squared Swiss Dot Babydoll TopQ:  I am heading to East Africa this summer to volunteer.  We’ve been advised to wear shirts that cover our shoulders and skirts that are at least mid-calf length, as well as closed-toed shoes.  How can do this without looking awful?

A:  Volunteering in East Africa–what a noble thing to do.  But just because you need to cover yourself up doesn’t mean that you need to look dowdy. Here’s how to stay stylish this summer:

Short Sleeved Fitted Tops: Cover your shoulders with cute cap sleeved tops that contour your curves.  Wear these with both long skirts and pants.

Tanks over Tees: If you can’t bear to go without your camisoles and tank tops, try layering them over fitted tissue-weight t-shirts for a playful look.

Bright Colors: Spice up a simple outfit with a burst of color.  Bright yellow and cobalt blue, in particular, are favorites of Omiru readers.

Favorite-Fit Linen/Cotton Deck PantFull Length Skirts: Mid-calf length skirts tend to be unflattering, as they make your legs look shorter.  Wear full-length skirts in flowy fabrics instead.

Pants: Tired of skirts?  Pants are also a functional option for your volunteer work.  Look for breathable fabrics like cotton so as to not overheat.  Tip: You can wear tunics and babydoll tops over pants.

Here’s a couple of outfit ideas to get you started:

Casual Chic: Tunic + Jeans + Sneakers.

Flirty and Feminine:
Camisole + Tissue-Weight T-Shirt + Full Length Skirt + Flats.

Love Squared Swiss Dot Babydoll Top | $26 at Nordstrom and Favorite-Fit Linen/Cotton Deck Pant | $79.50 at J Crew.

Style question?  We’ve got answers.  E-mail us at tips at omiru dot com, or leave us a comment with your question.

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Trovata Mast Short Sleeve Button Down

Trovata Mast Short Sleeve Button DownWhat makes this shirt special is the pleated pockets and the tiny navy check pattern.

$130 at Active Endeavors.

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