Looking polished, poised and professional—even when the weather isn’t cooperating

There is nothing more annoying in the morning than having chosen your work outfit the night before and waking up to super hot, humid or rainy weather. Since I often forget to check the weather for the next day, I find myself in this dilemma often. (When I was growing up, my mother would let the weather dictate her life and then she would harass me about it.) Anyway, dressing during a heat wave is always a challenge for the professional who wants to maintain that polished, pulled together, and yes, stylish appearance.

Here are my recommendations.

  1. Invest in the best hair products you can find that help manage the frizzies. I use the leave conditioner by Brazilian Blowout or I gel my hair and pull it back so that it doesn’t become a hot mess. I have extremely curly hair (that I hide) that expands during hot, humid and rainy weather. I don’t feel polished when my hair is unmanageable and it can really hinder my day.

  2. Skip the pants and wear lightweight, wrinkle free dresses, skirts and tops. There are so many lightweight knit fabrics that look polished and keep you cool.

  3. Purchase undergarments that breath. Cotton or cotton blends are the best. They absorb perspiration and help keep you cool and composed.

  4. Wear sandals or shoes that are not constricting. Feet swell in hot weather. There is nothing more unattractive than your feet bulging out of your sandals or pumps that are just too tight. Its tough to look confident when your feet are throbbing.

  5. Buy an umbrella that complements your style. Avoid anything too cutesy or novelty. Replace it when it starts showing wear and tear.

  6. Purchase a raincoat in a unique color or style. Who says you have to look boring in khaki? These days there are so many styles and colors to choose from that you really can’t go wrong.

  7. Buy a tote bag made of weather resistant material. This way you don’t have to worry about ruining your nice leather handbag or tote yet you will still look pulled other.

  8. Modify your make up routine. Use lightweight and waterproof products like the ones mentioned in this article: http://www.goodhousekeeping.com/beauty/makeup/tips/a22078/summer-makeup-tips/


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