Ask A Las Vegas Expert: Dressing For Work During The Summer Heat

May 27, 2014 5:00 AM

Summer is here. The daily temperature in the Las Vegas valley averages about 103 degrees. But unless your office is poolside, you still have to dress professionally. Wearing business attire doesn’t have to be uncomfortable. Local style and fashion expert Laura Coronado has put together a list of tips and tricks to keep you looking professional and comfortable during these warm summer months.
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Laura Coronado
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www.lollieshopping.comLaura Coronado is a Las Vegas blogger with a mission to inspire people to shop. As the stylish mind behind fashion and lifestyle blog Lollie Shopping, she shares great shopping finds with her readers and introduces them to the best shopping in Las Vegas. When she’s not blogging, shopping or obsessing over mascara, she regularly contributes to the “Vegas Travel Guide” of Los Angeles Times. She has also been featured on several local morning news shows and enjoys tweeting sale alerts to her over 18,000 followers on Twitter. Follow her on Twitter: @lollieshopping.
LayerDress in layers, but keep them light. A silk button-down blouse, lace vest or a short-sleeve blazer worn over a chemise can easily be removed when the day gets heated. Keep the top layer on when entering and exiting the office (or walking across the office to the break room), but it’s perfectly acceptable to remove it while working at your desk or driving in your car.
Wear The Right FoundationsFoundations are the industry term for bras, slips, camisoles, etc. Make sure to wear undergarments that are both comfortable and appropriate for your outfit. When wearing a chemise (or any thin-strapped under layer), wear a strapless bra. No one wants to see your bra straps, especially not in a professional office setting. If possible, you should skip the shapewear. It may keep you looking svelte, but it can be constricting and unbreathable.
Be “Cool” With Your AccessoriesStay away from statement necklaces. Heavy jewelry just creates more body heat. Now is the time to wear wispy necklaces or long pendants that do not crowd your neckline. A lightweight scarf or shawl can be used to shield your skin and keep you warm in frigid office air conditioning. Keep extra hair accessories in your bag in case you want to put your hair up.Related: Top Lingerie Boutiques In Las Vegas

Show Your ArmsIt’s perfectly acceptable to wear a tank-style top to the office, so long as it isn’t ribbed or something you ordinarily wear to the gym. Shop for dressy tank tops with sophisticated embellishments or elegant lace accents. Mature tank tops do exist. Look for them at places like Ann Taylor or White House Black Market. A simple sleeveless blouse is also a good choice.
Don’t Be Afraid To Sport ShortsIf your dress code allows for walking shorts, wear them. Some corporate dress codes are pretty strict, while others are not. Take full advantage of wearing shorts, if you can. Keep the length at the knee or hitting right above the kneecap and pair them with a short-sleeve or 3/4-sleeve blouse. Wear classic pumps or a loafer-style shoe. Whatever you do, don’t wear walking shorts with a sleeveless blouse and sandals. While that’s fine for weekend wear, it’s way too casual for an office environment.Related: Ask A Stylist: Tips For Finding The Perfect Suit

Christa Emmer is a graduate of the University of Nevada, Las Vegas in broadcast journalism. She has experience as a news writer, editor and producer in television news. Christa has been a Las Vegas resident for more than 20 years. Follow her on twitter @ChristaEmmer. Her work can be found at

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