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Friday, 15 July 2016

7 Ways to Look Cool (at Work) when it's Hot.

Fake Fabulous | 7 ways to look cool at work when it is HOT | Mixing patterns

What is it about the hot, summer, weather that makes some (normally chic and elegant) people turn into a crumpled (and sweaty) mess?

Their normal daily 'uniform' of: chic dresses, great shoes, stylish separates and fabulous jackets, steps aside to make way for: badly fitting sandals, shapeless dresses, unflattering linen trousers and equally crumpled shirts.

Summer can be hot and uncomfortable, yes, but there is no need to lose sight of your personal style, or your love of fashion.

The work environment can be the most difficult to negotiate stylishly, in Summer, but don't panic...

7 Easy ways to look cool (and stay cool) at work, in Summer.

1. If your job allows you to wear sandals, do it!

Enjoy the freedom, but avoid anything too beachy, strappy or casual.
There are plenty of professional looking sandals out there, like these, or these.

2. Forget about 'plastic' shoes. 

Unless you are a vegetarian, leather is always a better option in hotter weather.
It is breathable and moulds to fit your foot.
Good quality leather does not rub, and you will be comfortable all day long.
Sweaty (and smelly) feet sliding around in 'pleather' shoes are disgusting.

3. Avoid the obvious Summer fabrics, like linen and 100% cotton.

Yes, linen and cotton are classic summer fabrics BUT they crumple too easily.
(Unless of course the "I slept in this outfit" is the look you are aiming for! :oP)
If you really love the look of linen (or crisp cotton) try to get a blended fabric.
This gives you the look, without the creasing.

4. Step away from polyester!

Polyester is awful in the summer.
There is no getting away from the fact that;
Polyester Clothes + Body Heat = Sweaty and Smelly.
Even if you are not a particularly sweaty person, polyester can make you smell.
An unfortunate fact.

5. Wear antiperspirant.

Even in breathable, natural or high-tech wicking fabrics, antiperspirant is a very good idea!
A light spritz of fresh perfume is also wonderful on a hot day.

6. Keep your undies cool and comfortable. 

Choose wicking fabrics, or natural yarns, like cotton or silk.
{Now is not the time for tight shapewear}
If you need to wear hosiery (for personal or professional reasons) chose the best quality you can afford, and pick a colour close to your natural skin colour.
Faking a lighter (or darker) colour using tights, looks silly.

7. Take an emergency 'freshen up' kit with you, including:

Fake Fabulous | 7 ways to look cool at work when it is HOT | Mixing patterns  
Here, I am doing a little bit of pattern mixing (3 patterns) in tones of beige and grey.
Muted colour palettes can make the mixing of patterns easier.
{See this post on how to mix patterns}

This skirt is a favourite of mine (see it here, with the same shoes) and it gets a lot of use.
It is lightweight, but lined, so it's perfect for hot weather.
There is no cling, squeeze or crumpling of the fabric.

Because this skirt's hemline is quite short and my legs are bare (well, almost) I have chosen to wear a pair of covered shoes.
I think a fully covered shoe looks a little smarter, with a short skirt, than a sandal.
I am lucky that my feet never sweat (honestly) so a closed shoe is something I can wear comfortably in hotter weather.
These pointed snake print ballet flats have a nice low vamp and seem to go with everything.
Maybe snake print is another neutral, after all?

{I must mention that, as I am typing this, it is raining heavily outside and down to 16 miserable degrees. The weather is Scotland is so changeable.}

Fake Fabulous | 7 ways to look cool at work when it is HOT | Mixing patterns

This top is a mixed fabric, that never creases, and is nice and loose around the tops of my arms (and my armpits).
Perfect for a potentially sweaty day.

However, this top is quite an awkward colourway, that does not really match or 'go' with anything.
The only thing to do in a situation like this is to make it go with (or in this case, clash with) other items.

I picked out the cream and beige in the top with my skirt.
Using a neutral (but distinctive) necklace to make the lighter shades and the shapes blend together.
My patent grey bag helped make the top fit in a little more.

Fake Fabulous | 7 ways to look cool at work when it is HOT | Mixing patterns

A pair of giant sunglasses finished my look off nicely.




TOP: Jacqui-E... this one would look great
SKIRT: Luxzuz, this one is pretty.
TIGHTS: Walford
NECKLACE: Oliva Bonas...this one, with blue, is beautiful!
SHOES: Topshop...these are cute.



  1. Haha, I just got accustomed to my new linen dress(from last Thuesday)! I never wore linen but I ordered a gorgious shirtdress and when it arrived I just saw that is was linen. But some bloggers make me realise that it makes linen a relaxed fabric and I finally thought: Yeah, its good! Hahaha! But I love your outfit, beautiful colors and perfect Mixed!

    1. Hahaha...thank you Nancy! Linen is a great fabric and looks fab as a casual summer item. Crumpled linen behind a desk is not so great :oP I am glad you like this mixed up look. XXX

  2. Samantha, these are wonderful tips for staying cool in the summer heat! And you look amazing in this beautiful mix of patterns. I am loving your shoes and that necklace is magnificent!


    1. Thank you Shelbee. Here , in Scotland, we are not very good at dealing with the heat! It is a rare visitor for us, and everyone goes a little crazy in the sun :oD.
      You are guaranteed to see a lot of sunburn on one of our rare sunny days.

    2. Samantha, I would fit right in then in Scotland! I cannot bear the tiniest bit of heat. It makes me so miserable and ornery. I like to be cold and layer up my clothes and get all cozy and warm that way. Thanks for linking up with me On the Edge of the Week. I hope to see you again this Friday!


    3. You would love it here Shelbee! Hahaha. (Bring a brolly too!)

  3. Of course you excel at this print mixing---and that's one way to make your summer outfits shine since layering can be out of the question on some days!
    Prints are another weapon, since many hide the fact of wrinkles and sweat marks!!
    Love the shoes (of course)!!

    1. You are right Jodie! Patterns hide a multitude of sins on a hot day! :oD XXX

  4. Great pattern mix and I LOVE how your necklace replicates the pattern in the blouse. Neat nontraditional summer colors too! This is one of my favorites!!

  5. Great pattern mix and I LOVE how your necklace replicates the pattern in the blouse. Neat nontraditional summer colors too! This is one of my favorites!!

  6. Lovely bit of pattern mixing going on here Samantha, keep it coming! The top and skirt work really well together, and those cute little pumps are adorable. Fresh and cool with some great tips thrown in to boot - another winning post x

    1. Thank you Anna!
      Your silver ones made me smile too.
      They are very similar in style.
      Mixing patterns is certainly an easy way to add interest to an otherwise boring outfit.
      Top and a skirt? Yawn.
      Add patterns and the whole thing seems a little more enjoyable to wear.
      I don't think I'm cut out for the minimalist look :oP

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    1. Thank you so much!
      I just hoped this outfit would work... and it did! Phew!!

  8. Fabulous advice, as usual, and very cool & fresh outfit, you look delightfully retro and elegant!, love your necklace and those mixed prints which create a subtle color combo!
    I lived in the south of spain for many years, and it was pretty difficult to dress up to go to work everyday, so I've enjoyed your post indeed!. I agree with you: no polyester, no plastic shoes!!. On the other hand, I'm a huge fan of linen if you work in a relaxed environment, there are some beautiful linen suits and dresses!. I dislike to wear cotton t-shirts when it's hot, or anything made of this fabric. But cotton gauze is fabulous! And viscose rocks!
    Lovely post, once more!

    1. Some of the temperatures you would have to endure must have been miserable! Especially in "work" clothes.
      Sweltering and going all sweaty and shiny is not very glamorous is it?
      I look a mess in linen...even in the nicer made things.
      I have one pair of linen trousers which are okay, but only with something that is not crushable.
      Linen + Me = Tramp Chic. :oP
      Cotton gauze is beautiful and cool too.
      In fact it suits being crumpled, especially over something neater.
      I hadn't even thought of it., thank you!

  9. Samantha, I'm always fawning over bloggers and street-stylers' ability to mix prints, and I'm totally admiring over yours right now! And most people would stop at just the top + the skirt, but you went few steps ahead with those flats AND the necklace! Prints-mixing at its finest *thumbs up*

    1. Thank you Liyana.
      To be honest, I felt that the skirt and top were a little bit dull and boring without the other bits and pieces. Funny really! :oD XXX


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