“Roll out those lazy, hazy, excessively hot days of summer….”  I realize I edited the song lyrics just a bit…but summer here is hot, hot, hot.  When trying to look my professional best, it is a challenge.  Here are my personal thoughts on work wear for women over fifty…

This is a typical work wear look for me right now…try to focus on the topic and not the leg lamp!  I am standing in my boss’s office!

Might I make just a few suggestions for those in the heat similar to South Texas:

1. Shoes… I do occasionally wear sandals to work.  But, usually it is on days I know to be more casual.  I just feel more professional in a closed toe shoe.  But, it is possible to find some which say SUMMER like these Kenneth Cole reaction shoes I found a couple of summers ago at Marshalls.   I wear a pointed toe flat often because they elongate my look.
2. Jackets and blouses… Again, I do not wear them every day, but when I have professional luncheons or meetings, I will make sure I have a jacket.  It does not need to be a suit for me, but a colorful jacket can still say summer and polished at the same time.  I love how I can streamline my look and appear slimmer with a jacket as well.  In the summer, I wear many sleeveless blouses under the jackets.  Sometimes inside the office, just at my desk, I might be confident enough to remove the jacket in the afternoon when it really heats up. 
3. Fabrics…Fabric choices are so important during the summer…they need to be lightweight and breathe! A standard professional suit is always a great choice unless it has wool in it.  We are experiencing more humidity this year, so fabrics are everything if I do not want to have my clothing sticking to me at the end of the day.  I do wear black (you know I love it) but the fabric choices are much lighter.
4.  Accessories…Scarves are just too hot this year.  If I am going to work inside most of the day, I might wear a lightweight scarf, but for the most part I wear a necklace, bracelets, and a fun purse.

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I have actually been shopping for more dresses, but they are tough for me.  I either have a problem with my legs or how they fit my body shape…I rarely look in the mirror and say, SCORE!  So, despite the warm sun, I wear pants most often and am thankful for the return of the ankle length pant.

Of course, always wear your confidence…most important to have if making your mark in the career world later in life; such as, I am doing.  

My top and necklace are from CHICOS!

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