HOT Outside ~ You can still look cute!

If you legitimately consider jumping in every fountain you walk by, it is officially gotten too freakin’ hot. Before you succumb to hibernation and let a little heat squander your should-be-endless summer nights, I have a few tricks that will allow you to leave your house without morphing into an uncomfortable, sweaty mess.

Invest in inexpensive sleeveless cotton dresses. The only good news about August is that it is a GREAT time to invest in a summer wardrobe for this season and next. Every store is offering deep discounts right now on its summer stuff, and that is why I generally hit up LOFT  or Loft Outlet each August for a bunch of cotton dresses for the days when I am running around showing property.

Splurge on a pair of cute and super-comfortable sandals. Each summer, I have learned to spend up if I have to in order to find sandals that are both pretty AND very, very comfortable. Honestly, if you feel like you are walking on air…. the price was worth it!!

Beat the heat in a stylish maxi dress. I love, love, love maxi dresses when it is hot outside. They work during the day and at night.

Try out the summer trends with a pair of shorts. Floral’s hot this season. Why not rock the look in a cute pair of floral shorts ? They are much cooler than a dress or skirt.

The Rule of Three

I know you have heard the expression “things happen in threes”. The Rule of Three is the principle that things that come in threes are inherently funnier, more aesthetically pleasing, or more effective, than other grouped number of things.  Even slogans and catchphrases are regularly three words…”Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness”…”Stop, Drop and Roll.”

So, how does this apply to fashion?  It is simple…the third piece in an outfit adds pizzazz to an otherwise basic outfit, making you look more stylish and put together. Essentially, it is a simple trick that creates more chic outfits.  Start with your basic shirt and jeans, then add a scarf as your third piece.  This adds visual interest and pulls the entire look together.  You could take a simple A-line skirt and blouse and add a statement necklace jazzing up your office look.  The third piece could also be a jacket, cardigan or vest as well.  The third piece just completes any look.  Try it!!

Feeling Lazy ~ 4 Easy Office Outfit Combinations

Sometimes putting together an outfit for work can be a little tricky. Of course, you will want to look gorgeous and fab, but there are certain things you cannot wear to work because of certain dress codes. If you are putting together an outfit that you will be wearing to the office it has to be chic yet professional looking at the same time. If you are someone who’s used to wearing street style chic clothes, you might have to exert a bit more effort discerning whether or not certain items should and can be worn to work and there will be days when you just do not feel like doing that. Here are some easy office outfit combination for lazy days that you can use as your go-to combos.

Button up shirt and pencil skirt – this one’s a no-brainer, really. Just throw on a crisp white button up if you really cannot get yourself to think about mixing and matching anything then slip into a figure flattering pencil skirt and your slinkiest pair of heels and you should be good to go! If you want to give it a more personal and girly twist, choose a button up in your favorite color or one that has a cute design / fab details on it. You can also glam it up a bit more by wearing stockings underneath for the look of flawless legs.

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A suit – another really easy outfit to put together on lazy days is a suit. Make sure you have at least one or two matching jacket and pants suit in your work wardrobe that you can wear on days when you really do not feel like thinking about what to mix and match. On days when you are feeling a little lazy but can still think of mixing and matching, you can try doing a mismatched suit instead. Slip into a sexy cami before you put your blazer / jacket on to give your outfit a sexier twist.

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Shift dress – want something that is fuss-free and effortlessly chic? Wear that shift dress you have had for so long, throw on your chunky bib necklace and get your stilettos on for an office outfit that’s sure to wow everyone, from your workmates to your clients and bosses. You can also opt to add a blazer on top if you want. For a more fun and posh look, try wearing a printed shift dress.

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Shirt and midi skirt – here is another safe yet chic outfit that you can wear to work: a cute shirt and a midi skirt. Midi skirts are perfect for work because they’re not as short and sexy as miniskirts but also not as long as maxi skirts which have a more street style vibe. If you want to keep your look conventional, opt for a pencil cut midi. On the other hand, if you want to go a bit more glam and give your look a more girly feel, I would suggest wearing a full midi skirt instead.

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Inspiration from Pinterest.

Wearing Black & White Stripes

Black and white stripes never seem to go out of style because designers are continually reinventing them.  There seem to be endless ways that simple straight lines can be combined to create new and exciting designs. However, they can be tricky to pull off without looking like Beetlejuice or as if you just escaped from jail.  Here are some of my favorite examples:

Inspiration from Pinterest.