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Ask A Connecticut Expert: Dressing For Work During The Summer Heat

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Everyone is looking forward to warmer weather. But there is a point when toasty temperatures can be as much of a deterrent as it being too cold. When you need to dress for work during the summer heat, you need a plan. You must find a way to look professional but also be dressed to endure the heat outside and the air conditioning indoors. Here are some tips from local fashion expert Sevanne Ngamariju.
Sevanne Ngamariju 

West Hartford, CT 06107
www.sevshak.com

Sevshak.com is the next generation of the West Hartford boutique Sev Shak that officially closed on March 29, 2014. Sevshak.com’s owner Sevanne Ngamariju brings chic, comfortable, classic and contemporary clothing to you at affordable prices. Although the storefront is closed, Ngamariju still meets with clients for one-on-one style consultations. If you are looking for business casual work attire in the summer heat, your journey begins here. Here’s what Sevanne recommends.

Dresses

“Dresses can be a complete outfit. Keep them to flowy or ‘fit and flare’ looks. Opt for fun multi-colored floral prints and/or solid pastel hues for that fresh summer look. Boho style is a fun, great look for this season. I recommend breathable and natural fabrics like cotton and silks. If you are fine with blends like polyester and cotton, these too can feel cool against the skin. They are an affordable ‘go-to’ that requires zero to low maintenance.”

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Tops

“Cap or short sleeve, collarless tops/cropped shirts with a V-neck or button down feature are great when the temperature rises. For additional cover-up, opt for a light three-quarter-sleeve blazer or lightweight cardigans. These are great additions that can be peeled off when they are no longer needed. Looks like these are timeless and work well in the summer heat. They are work appropriate, and can easily be transitioned for after-work get-togethers. Soft pinks, placid blues and warm papaya colors are great for summer. They are cool, fresh and work well with just about any other pairing.”

Pants

“Wide-leg pants are not just a fashion statement and certainly won’t be going anywhere anytime soon. They have the ability to be dressed up or down. The result is a comfortable look and because they are not clingy, they will feel breezy and airy. You also cannot go wrong with a great pair of cropped denim jeans either in boy-cut or straight-leg fit. A great color for summer would be wedgewood blues, antique blues and placid blues. Silver shimmery hues work and if you don’t want to wear white, khaki and taupes work well.”

Skirts

“Skater style and flared skirts are trending right now as they are cool, airy styles to wear for the summer. Skirts come in fun prints, whether it be stripes or floral, and can complement just about any solid color top/blazer.”

Shoes (preferably Flats/Mocs)

“A great and comfortable pair of shoes can totally complete your look and say something about your sense of style. Flat shoes have made their way as an equal competitor in the world of fashion shoes. They come with fun beading or patchwork, tassels or just plain and simple. A short heel or wedge for a little height is probably the most comfortable way to go as an alternative to wearing a heel.”

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Paula Moliver is a noted designer with a specialty in all things related to fiber. She spins and dyes her own yarn and is skilled in weaving and needle arts. She has been widely published in noted magazines including Arts & Crafts, Better Homes & Gardens and the Decorative Painter. Paula is a regular educator at New Pond Farm. She resides in Connecticut. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.

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