August in DC can be sweltering with humidity and uncomfortable temperatures which makes 9-5 attire uninspiring. Here are a few simple wardrobe ideas to keep you cool and dry.
I like to tell my clients (80% women) to dress from the inside out. So, I will start with undergarments.. Local designer, Angela Newman’s, Knock Out! panties are made with a patented fabric that absorbs odor and controls moisture. They sound pretty tough, however there’s a variety of styles from briefs to lacy thongs.
For your blouses stick with natural fabrics such as cotton and linen- try some light colors. I recommend white. It’s the one solid colors that show little perspiration (most of the time).
Here’s “skirting” at you! Ditch the slacks and opt for skirts or dresses. Try full circle or a-line skirts, they keep you cooler being cut away from the body.
Step into comfort leaving those stilettos under your desk- ladies “gladiator” sandals are not for the office. Try to keep embellishments to a minimal. Go for thick straps and stacked heels- to create an office chic look.
About “face”! Foundation can melt away with the heat- try a BB cream or a bronzer for a color tint. I actually use air brush spray in Almond by Sephora (must use a primer to set), then a bronzer for date night and the BB cream for daytime. The BB creams can be challenging to find an appropriate shade. Believe it or not, I prefer Origins CC cream which comes in three shades. I’m a medium shade with my current tan, so play with different products at Sephora to find your perfect match. Just keep makeup at a minimum.
Stop “necking” at me- if you are like me costume jewelry looks good but my sensitive skin reacts, once the sweat starts. Try replacing those statement necklaces with single-strand layering pieces. These pieces add color without the bulk.
Now, that you have the tools to stay cool in the Dog Days of August, go and liberate yourself! Stay cool fashion junkies. I will…
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