How often do you feel like it’s impossible to dress properly for work in the summer? Today, our in-house fashionista, Maria, give us a few tips on how to beat the city heat, and still look appropriate and professional in your work attire.

“The warmer weather makes everyone more relaxed and colorful with work attire. Unfortunately, the sticky subway commute makes it uncomfortable to layer up, and look as nice and put together as you want to for work. As a general courtesy to your employer and colleagues, your seasonal wardrobe should represent you in the most respectable manner. Here are a few tips on how to stay work appropriate and professional, even when the NYC humidity reaches its peak.

You do not have to wear long sleeves on your commute, but you should keep a light cardigan or blazer that you can throw on to cover up at the office, especially if your office is freezing cold like ours at VPM.

Hemlines need not rise with the temperature.

• Back and shoulders should always be covered, even if you are wearing a sleeveless top.

Bright colors and patterns add personality to your wardrobe. However, if worn incorrectly, they can make you look careless and mismatched. Keep the patterns and bright colors to one part of your outfit. For instance, if you are wearing a floral or striped top then your skirt or pant should be classic and basic.

These pieces should never be worn at the office:


Instead, try these:


See more options for formal and casual business attire here.

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