Summer’s here! When it’s hot it can be a challenge to dress. Especially when you don’t want to sweat like crazy but still want to look put together. How can you adjust your work outfits to be lighter, cooler and more comfortable on hot summer days? Here are 3 tips to beat the heat and still dress professionally this summer. Enjoy!
Tip 1: Wear loose-fitting clothes
The key to staying cool for summer is to allow for maximum airflow. So that your body keeps cool. Wear items that do not cling to your body. You will be cooler. A pair of airy palazzo pants is much more comfortable than tight pants that keep sweat and warm air close to your skin.
Palazzo pants by PhaseEight
Tip 2: Opt for light and breathable fabrics
Pay attention to what material your clothing is made of. Not every fabric is suitable for hot weather. On hot summer days, avoid rayon, polyester and other plastic-like fibers. Go for loosely woven fabrics of cotton, viscose, linen and wool.
Wear light fabric. Look for minimal lining. The fewer grams of textile you stack on your body, the less you have to work to stay cool.
Dress made of loosely woven viscose by LibertineLibertine
Tip 3: Expose only 2 body parts
When it comes to summer, there’s no doubt we love to show a little skin. The best way to show a bit of skin without exposing too much is to show off no more than 2 bare skin parts. So if you are wearing short sleeves (bare arms = 1st bare skin part) and open sandals (bare feet = 2nd bare skin part), combine them with a pair of pants (legs are covered ) and higher neckline (front part is covered). Do you have a dress or skirt on (bare legs = 1st bare skin part) with lower neckline (bare front = 2nd bare skin part), opt for 3/4 or long sleeves (arms are covered) and closed shoes (feet are covered) such as pumps.
Jumpsuit iwith short sleeves and open shoes by InWear
Carina van der Kloet is founder and personal stylist. She has twenty years experience. She has given numerous master classes and personal styling advice to thousands of people including management, executives, entrepreneurs, expatriates, diplomats working at various (international) organizations.
Carina van der Kloet grew up in French speaking countries in Africa and in the United States. She speaks English, French and Dutch.
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