Q. I need advice on warm weather career wear. I have been traveling to Florida and the Caribbean quite frequently for work lately. Being a young woman in the corporate world (I'm 23), I feel like I need to look extremely polished and professional to be taken seriously, but I don't want to look and feel like a sweaty mess! Wearing a full suit would look a bit silly when men are usually in Tommy Bahama shirts. Any advice on what to wear in business settings for a full day in a hot and humid location? I'd love to be in tank tops and flat sandals, but that's not an option.
A. You can still pull together a polished look sans the suit. Skip the high heels and wear lower heeled sandals so when you perspire tricky heels will be one less stress. Stylish Bermuda shorts with sandals or wedges and a stylish top that isn’t revealing has become more acceptable at the office during warm months and a skirt is always “airy” and more cooling. And since it is hot and humid, pack a few extra pieces just in case you have dinner with clients and you want to change into something fresh after getting sticky in one outfit all day. Look for short sleeve or sleeveless tops, but not tanks.
Look 1: try these feminine tops with a pleated chino skirt
1. Lux Ruffled Oxford Blouse, $38 at urbanoutfitters.com
2. Printed Laurel ruffle blouse, $88 at jcrew.com
3. Silk animal-print top, $68 at bananarepublic.com
4. Chino A-line skirt, $69.50 at jcrew.com
Look 2: ruffle trim tops with a printed skirt
Look 3: lightweight tops paired with Bermuda shorts
1. Circle Applique Top, $68 at bodenusa.com
2. City Stretch Shirt - Twist Front, $9.99 (sale) at nyandcompany.com
3. Clean pinstriped Bermuda shorts, $29.99 at gap.com
4. City-fit lightweight wool twill bermuda short, $98 at jcrew.com