Petite Fashion Challenge #9 – Work Attire in the Heat Wave

This month’s Petite Fashion Challenge is hosted by Elle of Fast Food & Fast Fashion. Be sure to visit her blog tomorrow (Saturday) night to see all the other ladies’ outfits! I’m posting a day early because I won’t have access to a computer all weekend and I don’t trust Blogger’s scheduler.

The Challenge: “…create an outfit that accounts for the various environmental factors that plague us in the summer. I want to know how you dress when it’s 90 degrees outside and 65 degrees inside (due to blasting AC!)…”

This challenge is very relevant for me. Outdoor temps here have been in the mid-90s, yet the office where I’m working at is downright frigid. We’re in a room where the air control is broken and the temperature is set at around 55 degrees (no exaggeration). I wore my colleague’s XL man-blazer as a blanket, yet my lips were still blue.

Top: LOFT Blouse sz XXSP (similar here in 2P+)
Skirt: Ann Taylor (thrifted & altered)
Flats: Talbots D’Orsay Bow Flats sz 5 – 75% off in 3 colors!

The obvious answer to this challenge is layering, and for that purpose I like print cotton blouses. These are great because they’re breathable in the heat, machine washable, and the various colors in the print make it really easy to coordinate layers with. Just pick one of the colors in the print and choose a layer in the same color family, or, experiment a little with color theory. I wore this ensemble a few days ago.

Heels: Louboutin Simple 100’s sz 35 (similar in sizes 34 to 35.5) (or, the affordable reader fave in taupe)

When I have so much going on color-wise, neutral shoes really come in handy. Also, I’ve mentioned this many times in the past, but a blouse with an eye-catching detail down the center (ie. pleats, ruffle) visually elongates your body when peeking through under a layer. Plus, it’s just a pretty look!


Khaki blazer: Theory sz 00  Watch: Michael Kors Tortoise Jet Set   Cardigans: J.Crew

In Boston, most women commute in flats and keep heels at work. Unfortunately, this summer I’ve been working at different locations every day, so I carry a large laptop, laptop cord, heels, clothing layers, snacks, and more in my Longchamp tote. I weighed it today and it was a little over 10 lbs – terrible for the shoulder!

To find out more about Petite Fashion Challenges and how you can sign up, visit this thread in the Alterations Needed forum. And don’t forget to visit Elle’s blog tomorrow night to see everyone’s entries!


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