Blog by Samantha Frazier

It’s that time of year again. The sidewalk burns, the flowers that somehow managed to stay alive in this dry desert keel over and accept their fate, and people around the valley think to themselves “Why do I live here again?” at least 4 times a day. With record temperatures of 115 degrees already recorded at Sky Harbor airport on June 4th, we are in for a long summer. Naturally, it’s time to clean out our closets and get ready to face the reality of “Arizona Armageddon”, or as us natives like to call it, Wednesday.

Summer office wardrobes are critical. There is a fine line between too much and not enough (hello surprise HR meeting!). We’ll break down some do’s and don’ts and show you simple, classic looks that won’t cost you an arm and a leg.

Here are some rules to play by:

• Look for light colors, like pastels and neutrals. They will keep you cooler.
• Wear light fabrics that you can layer. The office might be cold, but getting into your car will not be.
• Just because it is sweltering outside does not mean casual wear is appropriate. Leave the flip flops and t shirts at home.
• Look for pops of color in accessories and shoes. Stick with light floral patterns and color blocking to liven the look up.
• Make sure you know your offices wardrobe policies. While sleeveless shirts are usually acceptable, it never hurts to double check.

Light colored work pants make for a great summer outfit, especially when cuffed at the ankle. Here is a great example from Gap, for $59.95.
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Dresses are also a great summer wardrobe. Try this Ellen Tracey fit and flare cutout dress. The cutouts will keep you cooler and are still appropriate for the office.
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Shirts like this work especially great for the heat. This Vince Camuto top gives you a professional and cool look at the same time.

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For accessories, stick with neutral colored purses that match with any outfit you throw on. Dress your outfit up or down with bright necklaces and patterned shoes as well.

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