Spring’s been treating California well, with its mild temperatures that hit about the mid-eighties every day. Unfortunately for us, though, Mr. Sunshine has decided to heat things up this past week, and the June days are uncharacteristically simmering hot.
Despite the blazing spring heat, most of us still have lives to live and jobs to get to, which is why I’m going to share with you all today an outfit that pertains to almost everyone’s interest – business-wear with a twist for hotter days.
Business-wear need not be only for those in the corporate fields. Nowadays, a large portion of students are getting a head start in the job-hunting playground, so what better way to ‘wow’ your boss or your interviewers than with a sharply prepared look that exudes confidence and intelligence?
In order to combat the heat, I’ve chosen a loose sleeveless blouse. The flowy material is really good for the summer because it allows heat and sweat to leave your body easily. With its 100% cotton blend, the shirt not only feels comfortable, but it works well in the heat. Also, with a lighter color palate, such as ivory, I’ve effectively reflected the sun. The jewel and pearl embellishments at the collar give the whole outfit a focal point, making it less plain.
I also opted for high-waisted black shorts, rather than my usual pencil skirts. Because pencil skirts are designed to wrap around the body, it can generate and trap in unnecessary heat, especially in this weather. Instead, I’ve chosen a light-weight pair of shorts, and I’ve tucked my shirt into the shorts, as I would have with the skirt. To finish off the look, I cinched the waist with a slender black leather belt.
In the shoes department (my favorite), I’ve chosen a pair of black peep-toe high heels, which are perfect for the summer. Peep-toes are ideal for the summer because they allow the feet to breath, instead of sweating up a storm in tight, close-toed shoes. A bonus: peep-toes can actually visually elongate the legs, making you appear taller and slimmer. Now who doesn’t want that?
Lastly, the corporate staple that can’t be missed: a traditional black blazer. In offices or even at school, the air conditioner is on at full blast, especially in the summer, and it’s often hard to juggle between the drastic change between the heated-oven-like outdoors and the Arctic-cold indoors. You can wear the blazer indoors, when it gets a little chilly, and you can go without it arriving to or leaving work, or even whilst at lunch with fellow coworkers or classmates. Plus: blazers can really dress up an outfit if you feel you’re missing a little “oomph” in your ensemble, so don’t save in this department. A good blazer, with the right cut and material, can last quite a long time, so be sure to by a few to interchange throughout the week, such as the traditional black, trusty navy, cool gray, conservative khaki, and even the trendy new light pink and white.
Top: Forever 21 Jewel and Pearl Halter Top in Ivory, USD $27.80
Bottom: Forever 21 High-Waisted Shorts in Black, USD $17.80
Coat: Blazer in Black , USD $20.00
(Note: This blazer is from South Korea and is of super good quality. It was originally supposed to be about $45, but the thrift shop owner, who I’ve known for quite some time, gave me a huge discount for this item because this is her smallest size, and none of her other customers have been able to fit into it.)
Shoes: Nine West Peep-Toe High Heels in Black, USD $59.99
Marc by Marc Jacobs Amy Leather Watch, USD $150.00
Nine West Large Tote/Satchel in Shiny Gray, USD $49.99
Elsa Peretti for Tiffany and Co. Open Heart Pendant Necklace in Sterling Silver, USD $125.00
This look is good for the summer heat, and the ensemble is serious without losing its youthful and fun vibe, and I believe that’s what fashion is supposed to be. Fun and beautiful. As Coco Chanel once said, “Fashion is not something that exists in dresses only. Fashion is in the sky, in the street, fashion has to do with ideas, the way we live, what is happening.”
Hope you all enjoyed this Outfit of the Day, and I’ll be back again soon.