How to dress like a BOSS in hot weather

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Now that the heatwave has finally reached us we can finally start enjoying the warmth on our skin, the long evenings, crisp cold glasses of prosecco at endless BBQ’s and garden parties. Summer fun aside  most of us still have jobs to go to and we need to look smashing and professional whatever the weather so here are some Dos and Don’ts for ‘Dressing like a boss in hot weather

Hello Ladies,

 

Now that the heatwave has finally reached us we can finally start enjoying the warmth on our skin, the long evenings, crisp cold glasses of prosecco at endless BBQ’s and garden parties. Summer fun aside  most of us still have jobs to go to and we need to look smashing and professional whatever the weather so here are some Dos and Don’ts for ‘Dressing like a boss in hot weather

1.       1. Wear dresses

I am the queen of dresses and I believe that if you have a wardrobe full of dresses you will always have something to wear: day dresses for work, cocktail dresses for the evenings, knit dresses for cold winter days, shirt dresses for casual weekends etc etc… In my opinion, dresses are particularly great for the hot summer days as they allow the most airflow. Tights are no longer required so bare legs, bare arms, and style that is not too tight will provide the maximum cooling effect.

Keep in mind: summer dresses are made from lighter fabrics than those made for autumn/winter collections so keep that in mind when out shopping. Choose dresses that are fully lined for extra smoothing effect or choose fabrics that are denser (higher quality), do not cling or are too see through. For a professional attire, you do not want to be showing every lump and bump and underwear outline.

 

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2.      2. Choose natural fabrics

In hot summer days, you should avoid synthetic fabrics such as polyester. They will make you sweaty, uncomfortable and you will start to smell by lunchtime. Choose natural fabrics, they are most breathable and most comfortable to wear in high temperatures. Cotton dresses tick both boxes and would be the ideal choice for smart, put together, professional look. If you prefer separates team your trousers and skirts with good quality cotton shirts and t-shirts. T-shirt can look smart enough for the professional environment if it is good quality and well looked after. If you need more information on how to know which T-shirt is a good quality read our quick tip blog ‘How to know which T-shirt is high quality’

 

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 3. W3. Watch your hemline

I did say that choosing dresses and showing some bare legs and bare arms is a great choice for boss ladies in the summer. However, in order to look professional, you need to watch the hemline. Your dresses and skirts should be around your knee length. A little bit above the knee is ok but if your skirt ends mid-thigh when you are standing up, think where that hemline will be when you sit down. It is hard to look professional and ooze authority if you are constantly tugging on your skirt.

When it comes to trousers there are also things to consider. In hot weather, feet tend to swell up so most women tend to avoid very high heels. If you are swapping your stilettoes for sandals you need to make sure your trouser hemline is still on point. Styles such as culottes and cigarette pants are ok with heels and with flats, however palazzo trousers, boot cuts, and flares have to fit your shoe height to look professional and on point. You trousers should be just a little bit above the ground so if your trousers are a perfect length with 6inch heels they will be dragging on the ground with low heels or flats and will look very sloppy. However, if your trousers are a perfect length for flat shoes they will be way too short with heels and will look silly and amateurish.

4.       4. Always be appropriate

In order to look professional, you must always dress appropriately. During the heat wave, it might feel like Spain, but we are not in Spain. You wouldn’t wear a suit to the beach so wearing a beachy maxi to the office isn’t appropriate either. Keep your beach dresses for the beach and choose smarter styles for work wear.

 

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5.       5. Cover up

It sounds counter-intuitive for hot weather and you should absolutely be as comfortable as possible however showing too much flesh is not professional at all. Spaghetti straps and low cut tops are great for cocktails after work or garden parties but in the office, you should cover up. Choose tops and dresses with drop shoulders or short sleeves opposed to thin straps and wear a t-shirt or bandeau bra under wrap dresses and low cut blouses. It’s a good idea to have a light blazer or light knit cardigan handy so you can cover up and look more boss like if you have a meeting or a presentation. Throw a smart fitted blazer over colourful dress and straight away you look more authoritative. You can always take it off after your meeting or presentation to cool off. Same can be said about high heels. If it is too uncomfortable wearing heels all day slip them on for important meetings only and wearing lower heels or flat sandals the rest of the time.

These are all the tips we wanted to share with you today. Now go and enjoy the sunshine BOSS LADY!

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