It’s a mid-summer morning and the thought of getting dressed for work in the heat is excruciating. But to make matters worse, I know as soon as I get to the office, I will be freezing from the arctic tundra that is office building air conditioning. D.C. personal stylist Rosana Vollmerhausen, founder of DCStyleFactory, knows the struggle. So she came up with some stylish fixes to wear less outside, but more in the office, all while looking professional and staying comfortable in the daily climate change.
She held a workshop for a group of woman at Lynn and Louisa in Georgetown and dressed the models in pieces from the store to demonstrate what items would make dressing to impress at work in the summer more tolerable.
Here are four tips I took away from her examples:
- A trendy bell sleeve jacket, in this case a white one, isn’t as thick as a regular jacket, but will keep you warm at your desk. It can complete and dress up any outfit and is easy to throw in your bag or carry.
- Another jacket option is a soft blazer that drapes. It’s lighter than a regular blazer and airier for those hot summer months. Layering is everything so it’s important to wear a base layer than can stand alone when you take off the blazer. When choosing that base layer, stay away from cotton and linen and stick with something a bit dressier that won’t wrinkle up in a matter of minutes.
- The third “jacket” she picked out was my favorite for the summer scorchers. A short sleeved wrap jacket but not a full blazer. It’s an extra layer to protect against the AC, but doesn’t have long sleeves so it's totally comfortable in the heat. It could be worn with a nice blouse underneath or as the model wore, a hip graphic tee, if your workplace allows.
- If the jacket isn’t your thing she suggests a silk scarf. The fabric,although light, surprisingly holds the heat in and can keep you quite warm. But when it gets too warm, you can tie it on your purse for a chic commuting look.