Q. What in the world do I wear to a company picnic that I’m attending with my husband July 30? He works for a rather large corporation. There will be sports and swimming (which I’m not about to do…swimsuit, yuck!) Here is my major concerns: I want to look conservative but stylish. Also, my biggest physical liability is my arms, so nothing sleeveless! If you can answer this email I would be eternally grateful!
-Corporate Dressing Coward
A. This is meant to be a fun occasion that boosts employee moral and builds company relationships. You’re there to support your husband and simply enjoy the festivities. You’ll probably see a sea of men wearing shorts and golf shirts while the women will vary from skirts to shorts to sundresses depending on the activities they wish to participate in. It only reflects well on your husband to look good, but comfortable, be friendly and join in some of the sporty activities.
Shorts are such a huge trend this season, we just did a segment on “The View” with tips on finding the best style for different body shapes and have a new style recipe, Shorts Story, with plenty more options. I think shorts with a short-sleeved top or a fitted button down shirt with the sleeves rolled up will allow you the flexibility to join in activities, fit in with the crowd and sit on a blanket without worrying about what you may be exposing.
Wear stylish espadrilles that give you some height and bring along cute kicks (not your gym sneakers) to slip into for a few of the competitions. And carry a pretty tote or straw bag to hold your essentials for the day like sunscreen and sunglasses. Add in deodorant and a travel pack of baby wipes so you can clean up a bit and appear fresh if the day is really hot.
summer weight Bermuda shorts, $49.50 at jcrew.com; sport shirt, $35 at espritshop.com; Yellow Box Bolton woven leather wedge, $39.95 at solestruck.com; Skechers Sightsee sporty flats, $49.95 at solestruck.com