Look Business Professional & Stay Cool, Comfortable

15 Jul

It’s hot, humid and the sun is out in full-force. A sundress would be ideal, but not on a high-profile day with VIP meetings. What to wear?

Photos by Ashley Wu

Being a very fair-skinned redhead, I have to be very careful in the sun, especially the summer months. So much so, my dermatologist has warned me: I cannot be in direct sunlight for more than 5 to 10 minutes a day, and I should wear long-sleeved and high-collared clothes.

While it sounds rather Victorian, it is good advice, and in my case mandatory when just the start of my day can expose me to direct sunlight for at least 10 minutes — in walking to the bus and waiting to board it.

So, despite the record-setting heat which this July has been gaining a good bit of notoriety for, sleeves act as a respite from the sun, allowing the skin to stay protected and cooler from the heat, longer.

And, naturally, my first instinct is to be wearing a brimmed hat to protect my face as much as possible. But often, the task of wearing long sleeves, a hat and yet being comfortable in a casual way — i.e. pants and flats — is a really hard combination.

Enter my saving grace: camel-colored soft leather loafers, plus,  bone- and creamy-toned slacks. Light colors are a summer must that not only keep you cool but have you looking calm, cool and collect!

The lighter tones, waist-down, brought a level of sophistication to the outfit, allowing the option for a hat. To pull out the baby-blue shirt, with white collar and cuffs, I choose a navy blue hat and threw in my navy and white houndstooth scarf to “connect the dots.” (Check out this houndstooth scarf in another Thrifty.Vintage.Chic. outfit, Click Here!)

Now, here’s the details:

This is a Celtic pin -- mainly Irish in symbolism. Somewhat fitting to be paired with this scarf as the houndstooth pattern originate from the Scots, my clans people -- Pro Libertate!

This is a Celtic pin -- mainly Irish in symbolism. Somewhat fitting to be paired with this scarf as the houndstooth pattern originates from the Scots, my clans people -- Pro Libertate!

How Much for ‘Cool & Comfortable Business Professional’?


$0 Camel-Colored Easy Spirit Loafers (Hand-Me-Downs)
$0 Bone-Cream Toned Slacks (Designer Sample)
$2.00 Navy Blue & White Houndstooth Scarf (Salvation Army)
$2.50 Navy Blue-Brimmed Vintage Hat (Thrift Store)
$15 Baby-Blue, White Cuffed & Collared Shirt (Gap, clearance)
$15 Celtic Pin (Mid-Winter Scottish & Irish Music Festival)

(So) What’s the Take-Away?

Being hot doesn’t mean you can’t look hot and stay cool!

Buck the urge to take it all off (figuratively speaking …) on hot days. Wear a hat and long sleeves, especially when you will be in the sun. I know, I might sound very motherly, but it’s for your own good … here’s why:

Wearing a hat keeps your head shaded from the sun and cool, while also allowing your body heat to escape through a porous hat — such as a woven straw, like the one I am wearing.

Secondly, long and loose sleeves will keep you cool as it allows the air to circulate around your upper body. The beauty bonus is that it also keeps the direct sun off your skin which will prolong age spots, or various skin cancers.

  • All images on Thrifty.Vintage.Chic. are shot in the context of real life — ie before or after the work day. All images on Thrifty.Vintage.Chic. are not altered with post-production “airbrushing” or touch-ups. All images and written copy on Thrifty.Vintage.Chic. are copyright protected and may not be used without first gaining written permission.

4 Responses to “Look Business Professional & Stay Cool, Comfortable”

  1. lovelyartitude July 20, 2010 at 6:05 AM #

    Ahhh…you’re just gorgeous!!!


    • robinesque July 22, 2010 at 12:08 AM #

      🙂 thank you, so much!! I appreciate the compliment and your visit to my blogging world!!


  2. Alicia Booker October 18, 2010 at 9:46 PM #

    Dang! You should be modeling or either styling photoshoots!! You look soo freaking cute! I love this hat and the scarf, shirt and pants!! This is a very nice outfit Robin! I would totally wear this !



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