How To Dress For City Heatwaves And Arctic Air-Conditioning


What Do You Wear When It’s Hot Outside And Icy Inside?


Once temperatures become extreme, staying comfortable can become tricky.
With a city commute on public transport, it’s easy to overheat only to suffer later in icy office air conditioning!

The knack by extreme temperatures is to layer up or layer down.

And in the heat, to layer down without revealing too much of yourself.

Try to wear natural fibres where possible, for example: cotton, silk, linen, viscose and cool wools.

CWC style tip
 if the dress code is Business Smart or Business Casual, the first word is ‘Business’.
And Smart Casual starts with ‘Smart’.
Keep what you wear business-appropriate!

Crop tops, dresses with spaghetti straps and shoulder-free pieces are not business-appropriate.
Not if you want to be taken seriously and your opinion valued.

How would you feel if your bank manager turned up for a meeting dressed for a day at the beach?
Or your doctor met you in her surgery dressed in a strapless sundress?

CWC style tip:
 Perception is reality.
When at work, dress in a way that shows self-respect and respect for your clients and business colleagues.

CWC Style Edit 

Below shows you how to layer outfits for Summer heat outside and what feels like sub-zero temperatures inside.

I’ve chosen a classy monochromatic business colour scheme to look  crisp, cool and understated.

You’ll notice that even when you remove a layer, you still look business-appropriate.


How To Dress For Summer Heatwaves Or Arctic Air-Conditioning

L to R:

Striped blazer, Pure Collection   SALE
Black pencil skirt, Reiss
Ecru top, Gerard Darel
Black neat cardigan, Jigsaw
Striped slingbacks, LK Bennett

Cream wide-legged cotton trousers, LK Bennett
Ivory cotton tweed jacket, LK Bennett
Gingham print shirt, Red Valentino 
Black cotton shrug, Pure Collection
Black block heels, LK Bennett


To add  a pop of colour, go for a zesty seasonal Summer colour.


How To Dress For Summer Heatwaves Or Arctic Air-Conditioning


Additional pieces

Green silk top, Paul Smith
Green mint shoes, LK Bennett

Rose pink silk ruffle top, Etro
Black spot knit, Paul Smith
Ice-white slingback, Hobbs

If you’d like help with a business capsule wardrobe, just send me your contact details and I’ll be in touch. 

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