Dressing for Work During the Summer Heat

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It’s heating up outside, which means its time to swap your winter sweater dresses for summery threads. Personally, I’ve always found it challenging to dress for work in the summer since most dresses tend to be strappy or too revealing for the workplace. Of course, It’s important to stay cool, but you don’t want to run the risk of looking inappropriate in the workplace.

Below, find my rule of thumb for dressing for work and staying prepared during the summer months:

  • If you could wear it to the beach, you shouldn’t wear it to the office
  • Do you have a favorite open-back sundress? Throw a blazer or cardigan over it to hide the revealing parts during work hours
  • Stick to loose, tunic-like dresses to keep things “easy breezy”
  • Swap your flipflops for flats
  • Do the “Raise Your Arms” test. If you throw your hands over your head and your butt pops out the bottom, it’s too short
  • If you bend over and your butt pops out, it’s still too short
  • Denim coats are your best friend this summer – layer them over anything strappy to make it appropriate
  • City hack – wear compression shorts under your dress on windy days and avoid walking over subway vents unless you want to flash random pedestrians (I’m not kidding, this happens)
  • Always carry blister cushions in your purse for when you’re breaking in new shoes (I’m obsessed with Compeed Blister Cushions)
  • Invest in a great strapless bra – you don’t want straps hanging out

Now that we’ve covered the bases, shop some of my work-appropriate picks and must-haves below!

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5 Ways to Kick-Start Your Work Week

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Just when you think your Sunday Scaries are behind you, a case of the Mondays kick in. Let’s face it –there’s no rewinding time to relive the relaxation of Saturday and Sunday. On the other hand, there are a few tips and tricks we can put into practice to reduce some of the stress.

Start your week on the right side of the bed with these tips:

  1. Go to Bed Earlier: Yes, we’ve heard it for years from our parents, but it’s time to turn off the Netflix and relax the old-fashioned way, with a cup of tea and a book.
  2. Prep Ahead: Pack your lunch, lay out your outfit and put your work bag by the door the night before work for a seamless morning routine. This will allow you to sleep a little later, too!
  3. Let Light In: This may sound dreadful now, but you’ll be thanking yourself later – stop sleeping in a cozy cave and instead keep your blinds open to let some natural light into your dark room in the morning.
  4. Wake Up To Music: Do you want to throw your phone every time your alarm sounds? Pick a cheerful song and create a custom alarm to wake up to some uplifting beats.
  5. Eat Breakfast: Avoid hangry mood swings by eating something light and healthy each morning (within 30 minutes of waking). Try oatmeal with fresh fruit, scrambled egg whites with veggies or an on-the-go fruit smoothie.

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