Thursday, July 21, 2011

How to: Dress for work in a heatwave

So I'm not sure about where you are in the world, but here along most of the eastern seaboard, it is a scorcher! 35 degrees Celsius/100 degrees Fahrenheit?? I am not used to these temperatures. Staying cool has definitely been a hard task.

What have we learned from this past week of record-breaking heats? Wear loose-fitted clothing.  Avoid dark colours.  But really, aside from that, there's not much else one can do.  I think I've exhausted my wardrobe trying to find something appropriate to wear to work while trying to keep cool, which is an additional obstacle in the heat. Midi-skirts and shirts made of light materials? Yes, please.  The same should be applied to shorts for the workplace- keep the length reasonable.  And if you do opt for a tank or halter, I'd bring a cardigan or pashmina to the office, especially if you have air conditioning on full blast.

But folks, there's also one more thing to keep in mind- do keep it classy.  I know it's hot, but I'm really not interested in seeing excessive cleavage or the bottom of a butt cheek.

Instead, opt for cute numbers that will maximize coolness without being trashy:

  Don't forget the sunscreen.  Those UV rays are terribly strong!

34 comments:

  1. Hahahahah! I try to keep my butt cheeks completely out of sight.

    I've always hated the feel of sunscreen on my skin (maybe I just haven't used a good one), but lately I've been bathing in it. Better safe than sorry I guess.

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  2. Mmm, the two pics on the right are too pretty! I do wish my legs were long enough to pull off the below-the-knee thing.

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  3. Love the outfits in shots 2 & 4. Can the UK have some of your hot weather please!!!!
    http://www.intotheblonde.com/

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  4. Great post! I love wearing light material for work in the heat but in Vancouver we have been mostly getting rain! Oh well! Love the bright pink skirt outfit! :)

    Rosalia
    http://style-love.blogspot.com/

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  5. lovely post! just what i needed hah
    first and second pics r nice

    u have a lovely blog
    xoxo

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  6. I love your 'how to'-posts, your writing is witty and entertaining!

    Thx for your sweet comment on my latest post :)

    x
    Oh'

    blogbymissoh.blogspot.com

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  7. oh YES!! i'm in Moscow now and it is +35 Celcius!! Can you believe it! Thanks for your post -- it's exactly what we need now!

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  8. Love your blog!

    Follow me if you like my blog and I'll follow you back. :)

    UNDERNEATH THE STARS

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  9. Hello Sabrina :)
    Thanks so much for your lovely comment :)
    I love the orange Shorts. They are so cute!
    Love Lois xxx

    http://lisforlois.blogspot.com/

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  10. Don't forget about the breathable fabrics! Silk is lovely for hot weather...as well as cotton for more casual looks :) Avoid the synthetics! These are very cute outfits you picked out. I'm loving the pleated a-line skirts lately.

    http://mostlyclothes-cristina.blogspot.com/

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  11. Great post! Love every outfit ;-)
    <3

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  12. Love the blue skirt!

    Thank you for your lovely comment, dear!

    Loves,
    Rowan

    www.redreidinghood.blogspot.com

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  13. Great post! It really is difficult to dress for work in this heat! Thanks for stopping by just fab!
    Cheryl
    http://justfabblogger.blogspot.com/

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  14. Every outfit is great! So lovely!

    xoxo

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    Follow me if you want to, I'll follow you back.

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  15. I agree with everything you said, and these outfits are perfect. There is a way to cover yourself and still stay cool under this blustering heat!

    The Internet Garbage

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  16. It's so darn hot here in Iowa. It was almost 100 degree the other day. I have been wearing sleeveless top with skirt to work. Of course the rule to work clothes is no cleavage and butt cheek. hahaha. A lot of sunscreen and water will help too.

    xoxo,
    Love, Fashionandnumber

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  17. Agreed, hot weather is a KILLER. Have a fab weekend, Sabrina! These are fabulous choices!

    Always classy, never trashy ;)

    xo,
    Grace@HauteCouture

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  18. The black and white polka dress, yes please! xo

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  19. Thank you for this beyond wonderful post! It's been dreadfully hot here in Ohio, as well, and I'm willing to do anything to be cool but still cute! This was such cleverly written and informative post!

    ...And thank you ever si much for dropping by my blog!

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  20. In love with the second outfit (pink shorts and nude top)! :)

    CLASSY & FABULOUS

    xoxo

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  21. i adore photo 1 and 4!
    love the styles

    New outfit post - Soft colors
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  22. Gorgeous outfits ! Good idea ! Really nice blog !

    http://cuteredbow.blogspot.com

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  23. i love all of these dresses


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  24. love the outfits! especially the 2nd and 4th one <3

    Journal J

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  25. Love all of the outfits! Not just for work ;)

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  26. Wonderful choices. When it's hot a long, floaty skirt can be better than a mini.

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  27. Hey hun, these are great looks, I love the dress so much and the print on the skirt in the firsr picture.Thanks for your comment on my blog btw. Great blog and great post, I am following,follow me too?? xx

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  28. This is a fantastic post - really love all the outfits. It's not so hot here in England at the moment but thats just a typical british summer! Can't wait to dress like this! x

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  29. Wish we had a heat wave - we have had a 'rainwave' if such a wave exists:)
    Take care - love the blog.
    A xx

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  30. Amazing collection! Super girly :)

    http://theeyesofmara.blogspot.com/

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  31. love all the different looks..

    following you from Nepal...
    follow back?
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