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Ask A Chicago Expert: Dressing For Work During The Summer Heat

Chicago might be best known for its brutal winters but the scorching Chicago summers can be just as dreadful. For those looking to beat the heat but still maintain professional attire for work, there are some tricks of the trade that can ensure a stylish and comfortable wardrobe. Michelle Jeremias, founder of My Chicago Stylist, offers some great tips for work attire for warmer weather. Don't let the heat dictate your style this summer, with a little advice from a style expert.
Michelle Jeremias (Courtesy of Michelle Jeremias)

Michelle Jeremias
My Chicago Stylist
Chicago, IL 60611
(312) 725-0625

My Chicago Stylist is a personal shopping and wardrobe consulting company catering to men and women looking to update their image and style. Its founder, Michelle Jeremias, is a wardrobe stylist and personal shopper with over 11 years of experience in the fashion industry. Jeremias earned a BA in Retail Business Management from the acclaimed Columbia College in Chicago and realized her natural passion for styling. Michelle specializes in wardrobe consulting for professionals in the Chicago-land area, helping her clients achieve a well-rounded wardrobe unique to their personal style.

Lightweight And Breathable Fabrics

"During the warmer months, you want to look professional and office appropriate. If you are required to wear a suit, make the switch from wool to linen or cotton fabric when the temperature starts to rise. Natural fibers are lightweight and breathable, promoting airflow. Look for trousers made of tropical wool or high-end cotton weaves. Wear lightweight short-sleeve shirts or sleeveless blouses underneath your jacket."

Stay Comfortable In The Heat

"It's important to be comfortable in the workplace, but that doesn't mean dressing sloppy. When you're comfortable in what you are wearing, you will be confident and productive throughout the day. A dressy sandal or peep-toe wedge is a professional and comfortable alternative to flip-flops. Guys can lose the socks and slip-on loafers or moccasins for a sophisticated and chic look."

Summer Is The Time For Vibrant Colors And Patterns

"Bright colors and patterns are the essence of the warm months. Embrace the season by wearing bright pops of color with at least one item per ensemble. Accessories are a great way to bring in some color when wearing your neutral pieces. Gingham, stripes and floral prints are everywhere this season, which is a great way to bring style to any wardrobe."

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Dress Up Your Summertime Essentials

"Just as women are able to dress up their complexion with makeup and men can transform their hair to achieve just the right look, a wardrobe can be dressed up to suit your work environment. However, dressing up a wardrobe doesn't necessarily require having to purchase all new things. Dressing up your summertime essentials can allow you to incorporate items from your regular routine into a work-appropriate ensemble. Think about using some of your summertime favorites in your work outfit."

Transitioning From Day To Night

"Transitioning from day to night is easier than you would think. It's all about planning ahead and wearing pieces that are versatile. Remove your conservative blazer, allowing a fun bottom-down or blouse to shine. Bring a change of shoes and accessories in your workbag, along with items to freshen up. A scarf, belt or jewelry changes the style of a professional look. Women can hugely impact their look by refreshing their eye shadow and lip color, making it easy to transition from chic professional to cocktails with friends."

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Sara Lugardo is a professional writer out of Chicago, Illinois. She has a Bachelor's in Communication and is currently working on her Master's. Her work can be found on

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