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We’d prefer to spend summer poolside, but alas, some of the season is definitely spent in an office. And dressing professionally at work while trying to beat the heat can be a tall order. So we’ve got you covered with our best tips for dressing like a boss, all while trying to keep your cool at work.
Lighten Up Your Layers
Layers are a necessity come summer, especially with all the time spent between the hot outdoors and inside frigid air conditioning. Whether you opt for a cardigan or blazer, keep a few layers handy at the office to combat changing temperatures. Adding a belt to a lightweight cardigan is another way to take your look up a notch!
Dresses, Dresses, Dresses
The last thing we want to do is throw on a fussy outfit after a weekend of barbecues and lazy summer days. The solution? A dress! Add a cardigan or blazer for an easy professional look. Our favorite go-to summer shapes include sheaths and shirt dresses (just be sure the length is office appropriate). Dresses match the ease of the season.
Choose Summer Fabrics
When in doubt, you can’t go wrong with linen, cotton, or silk in the summer. All three are breathable, natural fabrics that will keep you comfortable in the heat. One of our essential summer work staples is a white linen blazer. It compliments most everything in your closet and is the perfect finishing piece for a polished outfit.
The “what to wear” conundrum can be a real issue come wedding season. Sure, the idea of getting glammed up for a night of bubbly and fancy apps always sounds fun, but actually figuring out what to put on your body can be tricky. As skilled as you may be at dressing for your nine-to-five or a casual weekend, putting together a more formal look can take you out of your comfort zone real fast, leaving you unsure how to turn it out while still feeling like yourself
I know the task at hand isn’t any easier when you have curves. Many contemporary brands drop off at a size 10 so even knowing where to shop can be daunting. Factor in body insecurities you may be harboring (we all have ‘em, no matter our size) plus potentially large feet (speaking from experience here…) and landing on the perfect outfit can be harder than it should be!
But let’s be real, no amount of wardrobe anxiety is going to stop the wedding invites from rolling in, so here are three foolproof tips to help a cury girl nail that perfect look.
In a sea of knee-length cocktail numbers, floor length dresses are always a showstopper. And because they turn your body into one long uninterrupted line, they couldn’t be more flattering. Plus, they let you get away with some real controversial footwear choices, like black Birkenstocks . The truth is everyone is looking at your dress and there is something refreshing about not trying too hard with your sandals, so I say do what you want! And trust me, at 2 a.m. your feet will thank you.
Don’t feel bad about covering up
Nobody preaches body confidence and not giving a sh*t louder or prouder than this girl, but even I know a wedding is not the place to throw your tried and true wardrobe formula out the window. And just because it’s summer doesn’t mean you have to show a ton of skin, or really any at all. So you got issues? Well, guess what? Everyone does.
If you don’t love your arms, it’s OK to wear sleeves (even long sleeves). Weird about your legs? You don’t need to show them! Stick with light, breezy fabrics, peek-a-boo hemlines, and soft pastels and not only will you feel like a garden fairy, but you can keep covered in the dead of July without looking out of season (or losing consciousness).
If you go the full coverage route, no matter how ethereal your dress, this is the one instance where footwear matters. No need to get crazy though! A nude-heel sandal will do the trick.
Keep It Simple
There is something to be said for having a major dress moment when putting together a look — beading, chiffon and fresh floral prints are all fun and can make you feel like the prettiest girl in the room (sorry, bride). After all, when else are you going to dress like this? But just because you can, doesn’t necessarily mean you should.
If your style tends to be more minimal in the day-to-day, let that guide you. A simple knee-length, A-line dress tends to look great on just about every body type. So why not reach for an LBD? And of course, I mean a Little Blush Dress. While there’s nothing wrong with black or navy, soft blush elevates a simple silhouette and gives your whole look a little something extra. I love the stretch of a knit fabric for that perfect fit and a little bit of texture.
Go monochromatic with nude sandals and don’t feel bad about getting a little matchy- matchy. When you keep it simple, the details that count.
Whatever your style, whatever your body type, the most important thing to remember when shopping for wedding season is that you look your best when you feel your best. So sure, get formal and have fun but don’t forget… sometimes a girl just needs to wear Birkenstocks!
One- Piece Wonders:
The Maxi Dress, Sundress, and Romper
It’s almost seven months into the year and not only have we shed all symptoms of seasonal affective disorder—these days, the only blues we’re experiencing are those of Etta James and refreshing dips in the ocean—but we’ve also shed our heavy, finicky layers.
Most days are sunny with a high of 75 and wearing just one fundamental piece of clothing is enough to feel comfortable and chic. Today, we’ll wear an elegant maxi dress; tomorrow, the classic sundress; and the day after? A fashionable romper!
The Maxi Dress:
Why it’s a one-piece wonder? One-pieces are so ideal for traveling since they take most of the guesswork out of dressing. One maxi dress can take you from day to night with a few accessories which makes them a vacation staple. Top off your outfit with a floppy straw hat for an “old Hollywood glam” meets “boho beach babe” look.
What’s more quintessential summer than a sundress? Throw on one with a floral print, and you have yourself a foolproof routine ensemble. Opting for sneakers to wear with your sundress makes you look ready to take on any adventure summer might bring. Of course, adventure often requires supplies, so a tasseled bucket bag—in addition to being very on-trend this season—was spacious enough to carry all of the things you could possibly need. And if your sundress is on the looser side, cinch the flowing material at your waist with a skinny elastic belt.
In need of a chic, effortless fashion piece? Try the romper.
Rompers are currently more in vogue than dresses, so you can look very put together with minimal effort. Who doesn’t love Easy?! Emphasize the playful silhouette with flat sandals, or turn up the heat in some fun wedges.