Guidelines for building the perfect summer outfit for the office
As the weather gets warmer and we transition into the summer months, figuring out what to wear to the office can be difficult. Maybe it's warm outside but cold in your office, or maybe all you feel like doing is throwing on a swimsuit and heading to the beach. Regardless of your situation, here are a few guidelines to help you build the perfect summer outfit for the office.
Stick to single layers
A good rule of thumb to follow is to stick to single layers. Forget about sheer shirts that require a camisole underneath! When you want to build the perfect summer outfit for the office, it's ideal to look for clothing that requires as few layers as possible.
For women, think maxi dresses, skirts, tops and cropped pants. And for men, breezy linen tops and cotton slacks. Don't purchase anything that may need an extra layer underneath to be deemed work appropriate. When it's hot out, you'll want to wear opaque (and lightweight) fabrics so you're fine with only your regular undergarments on and nothing extra. The summer heat is inevitable, so sweating less is best.
Steer clear of tight clothing
When it's hot out, tight clothing can make you feel even hotter, and sometimes claustrophobic. To ensure that you're comfortable, go for clothing that is loose and doesn't sit close to the body. For men, think about chinos and a short-sleeved button-down, and for women, try a flowy dress or culottes. If you are going to go with a flowy dress, cinch the waist with a belt to make it appear more professional and polished.
Hold off on synthetic fabrics
There's nothing worse than polyester or acrylic when you're hot and sweaty. To stay as cool and breezy as possible, try wearing natural fabrics like cotton, linen or silk so your clothing is breathable. This will make you feel cooler and less focused on overheating. Natural fabrics are not only more comfortable, but they're usually better quality as well, meaning that they will last longer.
Just note that if you do go for a fabric like linen, the clothing will wrinkle much easier, so you'll want to keep a steamer (my preference) or an iron on hand and remove the wrinkles prior to wearing the garment.
Opt for one-piece outfits
This tactic doesn't really work for men unless you're into the RompHim, but for women, it's a great option to stay cool and a great way to get out of the house quickly in the morning. Examples of one-piece outfit options are dresses and jumpsuits. One piece, your outfit is completely put together (minus the accessories), and you're ready to get out the door. One-piece outfits mean less fabric, and that means that you'll stay cooler while at work.
(Whether she's dishing out advice on how to wear the latest trends or putting fun looks together, fashion writer and stylist Aramide Esubi is always on the move keeping up with the latest in fashion. Email her at firstname.lastname@example.org, or follow her on Instagram at instagram.com/thesassypeach.)Copyright Tribune Content Agency LLC