Fashion Friday: Professional wear for Summer

The last couple months of my life have been a bit crazy. I was working 3 jobs and going to school and trying to get my health and fitness back on track. I’m very much an all or nothing person, I probably should have chose nothing. But bittersweetly (for sure not a word), teaching has come to an end and I have a few moments to breath and get some blogging in; which I am over the moon excited for!

The weather here has been absolutely beautiful – like 2 weeks of sunshine and one day of rain just to keep us appreciating the sunshine. And I wouldn’t dare to complain about sun, but I do have to say that it makes dressing professional a bit more of a challenge. The last thing I want to do is cover every inch of myself in fabric but I feel slightly out of place at a meeting in jean cut-offs and a crop top…well, in all honesty I’m “making car payments and receiving a salary” years old and therefore should probably feel out of place wearing that anywhere except Coachella. I don’t like wearing t-shirts because I’m that person that buys those anti-antiperspirants for clinical-level sweating and I just don’t need my armpits to tell the world that. But I find even most tank tops feel a bit too casual and there are few shorts that cover all the curves that make up my lower half. So here are a few options that I’ve found that work for my professional life without causing me to melt into a puddle of sweat and mascara: 20150605_152621 I’m a HUGE fan of these button-down tank tops. They’re like the mullets of shirt – Business in the front, party on the…sides? I have to make a conscious effort not to wear these 7 days a week because I literally own enough that could do that for 2 weeks without ever wearing the same one. I find that a lot of these shirts are really sheer so I try to find ones that are a bit more opaque so I don’t have to wear an extra shirt underneath it. Also, my response to shorts is always just rolling the bottom of my pants – apparently I like a little airflow around my ankles. But I find that if I keep my top light, then I don’t mind having longer bottoms. These black flats are some of my favourites; they’re sort of open on the sides like a sandal, but they look professional with the pointed-toe. 20150604_124945   This sweater I got from Aritzia has been amazing this summer. It was obviously over-priced, as is the custom of Aritzia, but I find that the few pieces I do buy from there I always get a lot of wear out of. It’s so light so it doesn’t add any extra weight or warmth, plus it looks good over everything! So I’ve just been wearing my regular casual tank tops and throwing this over it for meetings and whatnot. Then when I get back into my sauna of a vehicle, I can just take it off. It’s also a great item to have for beach days that drift into beach nights. This hat has been great for summer outfits too, because it creates the illusion of effort and pulls even casual outfits together. I also think investing in some dressier sandals or wedges is a great idea for summer because it helps keep your look work-ready instead of beach-ready. When all else fails, throw on a maxi dress and call it a day. Those babies are lifesavers!

Spread some kindness this week! Much Love xoxo,

Aimee

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