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Life of Colleen: Office clothes for hot weather part 2

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Office clothes for hot weather part 2
posted by Colleen Shirazi on Monday, June 7, 2010 at 7:40 PM (Pacific)

See Office clothes for hot weather

I still have the top (purchased almost two years ago):

warm weather office friendly top

Much as I like to diss Banana Republic (sorry, but I recall when their clothes were exemplary), this top has proven impossible to replace. Once in a while, I'll head on over to, but, thus far, to no avail.

What to wear to work when weather gets toasty? It's easier than it sounds, but takes more planning than cold-weather attire, where you can simply throw on another layer.

I checked my closet last night and counted at least five tops that would work in what we (San Francisco Bay Area) deem "hot" weather. That differs from, say, what we called "hot" in the South. Your Southern tops would have to be sleeveless, white or light-colored, something it would be okay to get sweaty it's more forgiving. You could go with short or even three-quarter sleeves, but I like to stick with light shades (feel cooler) and either styles that don't attract sweat stains, or fabrics you can Oxi-Clean if need be.

Once you have the five tops, and something to shlep over them (lightweight cardigan or jacket), that is most of it. You can toss a few light-colored, or lightweight, skirts or pants into the mix. Darker-colored linen or thin cotton items work around here, paired with a white or light-colored top.

loose fitting linen dress

One thing I'm trying this year is a sort of sack of a dress, styled up with a fancy belt. The dress has to be durable enough not to be frayed (for a silk dress, you'd want a sash instead). It's a simple look and can be changed up at a reasonable cost.

cydwoq category shoe
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I wore my Cydwoq Category shoes to work today. I was going to break them in over a series of weekends, but was curious if the built-in holes ventilated your feet. Heheh...quite good actually; not as airy as sandals, but perhaps more season-spanning.

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