Gotta Have It for July 19, 2012

Hot Work Wear to Keep You Cool

For Weekly SurgeJuly 16, 2012 

While the temperature climbs outside, dressing for work doesn’t have to leave you all hot and bothered. Depending on your dress code and office environment, there are plenty of chic outfits available that will allow you to keep your professional cool.

This summer, shop for office-friendly attire made with fabrics such as linen and lightweight cotton, styled in easy to layer pieces that you can add-on or take off when you’re on-the-go at work.

Guys

If you’re required to wear a suit most days, it’s still possible to dress professionally while keeping your cool. Linen is a versatile, lightweight fabric that offers a stylish and easy way to dress for the office.

If you have an abundant supply of black dress pants, pair them with a white oxford dress shirt and the Murano Plaid Linen Blazer in Grey ($200, Dillard’s) for a classically cool look. The lightweight feel of the jacket will keep heat and humidity at bay, while its light gray, plaid pattern offer a relaxed, comfortable style.

Or, step out in head-to-toe linen and opt for the Perry Ellis Linen Cotton Blend Herringbone Jacket in Natural Linen ($175, Dillard’s) paired with the Perry Ellis Linen Cotton Blend Herringbone Pants in Natural Linen ($79.50, Dillard’s). The cotton and linen blend of the suit offers a lightweight feel, while the light beige color highlights its classic cut. The jacket’s two button placket lapel and two flap pockets add a polished element when worn with the matching tailored pants.

For a finished look, add the Calvin Klein Non-Iron Fitted Striped Dress Shirt in Lilac ($79.50, Dillard’s). This lightweight cotton dress shirt looks refined when paired with the suit; the light purple color adds a slight pop of color.

Or, if your dress code is a little more relaxed, pair the pants with the Calvin Klein Liquid Cotton Polo Shirt in Tart Orange ($34.80, Dillard’s). The smooth, thin cotton and bright hue of this polo looks sharp in contrast to the natural shade of the pants, add a brown loafer and belt for a finished look.

Gals

Ladies don’t have to sweat dressing for the office either. Many designers are filling the racks of department stores with ultra-chic work wear options composed of lightweight fabrics and cuts, perfect for looking professional while also looking hot (but staying cool).

If your office is business casual, opt for a simple dress in a flattering cut to take you through the nine-to-five grind. The Preston & York Blanche Print Dress in Cinnamon ($89.50, Dillard’s) is a pretty option, thanks to its red, navy, and ivory print. Ruched at the waist, the dress is made of lightweight cotton and features a cap sleeve and V-neck that is figure flattering.

Another office-friendly alternative is the Preston & York Joanie Dress in Cinnamon ($89.50, Dillard’s). Designed with an A-line skirt and tank-fitted shape, the dress is on trend for summer thanks to its nautical red, navy, and ivory stripe pattern. Pair it with a navy heel and belted white cardigan, or for a stricter dress code, pull on the Preston & York Martina 3-4 Sleeve Jacket in Cinnamon ($109, Dillard’s).The three-fourths length sleeve of the jacket will help keep temperatures at bay, while its bright red hue, and ruffle accent will add a stylish touch to your summertime work wardrobe.

The jacket will also look smart when paired with tailored white pants and a simple tank, such as the Tahari by ASL Sleeveless Polka-Dot Top in Black and White ($29, Dillard’s). Add a black peep toe pump and simple gold jewelry to complete the look.

These items can be found at the following local retailer: Dillard’s,100 Coastal Grand Circle, Myrtle Beach. For more information, call 839-2917, or visit www.dillards.com.

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