You’ve been through it.
You wear the tank top and shorts, pull your hair up into a sleek ponytail and step into the piercing hot sunshine that screams, “You live in the South, and don’t you forget it.”
You walk across campus with your backpack stuck to the sweat that’s stuck to your shirt then burst into a building where you’re blasted by that chilling classroom temperature that feels like below zero compared to seconds ago.
You forgot to bring a cardigan or sweater too. Peachy. Yes, you’ve been through it on campus, but the challenge becomes a bit more difficult when you have to dress professionally for your job or summer internship.
Depending on the city and the job, you could be walking to the office, leaving the office to talk to clients or sources or conducting meetings outside. With that in mind, let’s try to find some sensible fashion options so you can look your best and minimize discomfort.
1. Gauge the dress code
Your best ally will be a more casual workplace dress code. You may not need a pencil skirt-blazer-heels trio. Some offices may embrace more denim and shorter sleeves. You also might be able to get some ideas from the people who have dressed the part for several years.
2. The office blazer/cardigan
Walk to work sleeveless and leave a blazer or cardigan on the back of your office chair to complete your professional attire and to have ready in case you get chilly. If you’re going out, take it with you or leave another one handy in the car so you can slip it on when you’re about to meet your party.
3. Get the cut and fabric
Go three-quarters if you don’t want to layer. Opt for the pencil skirt or even a sleeveless dress. Pair it with sandal wedges if appropriate. Loafers and flats are also spring and summer friendly as well as professional. Light chiffon blouses fall away from the skin to give you some breathing room and a relaxed silhouette. They come in a variety of cuts, look great without layering and pair well with classic trousers.
4. Make it fun
Comfort and confidence should go together. Get the crop cut pants, the drapey sleeveless shell tops, the floral dress, the pleated skirt. Get the soft spring and summer hues and couple them with the neutral professional colors. Get creative and dress up some of your favorite pieces. The heat can’t beat a killer outfit or the smart woman in it.