How to look professional when it’s hot and sticky outside

Post by Miriam

Last week was the most Irish week in history. Not only was it cold and wet and summer at the same time, everyone and I mean EVERYONE was complaining about it. In case you didn’t know, moaning about the weather is the national pastime here on the Emerald Isle and there’s never a moanier time than when the weather isn’t to our satisfaction in summer.

It’s taking a turn, though. This week is apparently going to be hot (for us, so about 20 degrees BUT WE’LL TAKE IT!) and humid. The warmth sounds good, even to me, who is someone who enjoyed the monsoon on Sunday because it meant I didn’t have to be outside till 11 o’clock just because it’s bright. The humidity on the other hand? That we are not as much into.

During our free time, we can wear the floatiest, loosest clothes and not mind too much about the drips and slips. For work, though – what on earth can you wear to look profesh without the mess?

Why, something like this!

midi skirt tshirt

So you can see there’s extremely good news. As long as you have something semi-formal on the bottom, you can wear an actual t-shirt! Hurrah!

Like with the Goddess of Work Wear Olivia Palermo in the featured image and the lovely lady above, a midi skirt is a very good bet. I like an a-line version because they remind me of the skirts Hayley and Sharon wear to the Camp Dance in the Parent Trap. And they are comfortable to wear in the heat.

With a skirt, you can wear flats or courts (or commute to work in runners and change into heels in the office, like Working Girl and me). My alternative suggestion is wide length pants. I like the floor length version, but it’s harder to wear flats.

wear wide length pants to work when it's warm

Still looks very respectable, though.

Do remember, when you’re despairing about what to wear during unusual weather, you’re by far not the only one.

You don’t have to tan, if you don’t have to. You don’t have to go through the disappointment of spending time on your hair only for it to frizz and poof. But if you want to look as polished as poss in a workplace environment, remember that you can wear a t-shirt.


  1. Antonymous

    Hi, I want to share a modest thought and contribution in matter of elegance coupled with comfort and the lightness needed in warm weather and some style and expressivity.
    It’s good that a woman generally doesn’t have to look overly serious white and dark grey like this anymore and even for men it’s less and less :).


    I like this and it gives your arms and legs a bit of breath
    the jacket is also removable, I think unless the situation is very formal
    If you prefer, I don’t think the heel needs to be this high and if there’s a dress code it usually says it should be lower most of the time.

    About the flats for your examples, as said I think they can go great on high waistline and mid calf to ankle hems, or just low heels.
    And dunno, if the length of your pants is to the floor maybe the heel height is not that visible, but I got that many floor pants are made specifically for heels otherwise they would drag on the floor :).
    Bare arms and legs are common place and with the right top and skirt they can be pulled off with elegance. And if you like nail polish and some color, with a classic red or dark purple on your nails and toenails you can hardly go wrong :).
    Which makes me think about us men, I think that the fallout of sexism on us is that just some visible skin on legs and arms is considered somehow unprofessional or not serious, in some (still many) circles and context. It’s good that lately we see more suits with at least light low cut loafers without socks.
    Sometimes a bit of ankle, which some consider a bit tacky and showy and I know why, because it has been associated to tacky disco boys who wear bad taste overly skinny undersized clothes, some associations with awkwardness and Pinocchio :).

  2. Antonymous

    My comment haven’t appeared, maybe in the end I’ve been invading, if so, very sorry. I know sometimes it’s not intentional and it doesn’t matter because as said intentions are not magical, despite you said I was welcome. But can bring reflection on how a guy might interact in a woman space. Thanks again anyway. 🙂

  3. Antonymous

    Oh, it says 2 comments but the other one doesn’t appear, maybe it wasn’t voluntary, but that just ended in moderation because it contained more than one link, nevermind :).

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