Dressing for work in the heat, is both easier and harder than more casual dressing. It’s harder because, well, you have to wear real clothes, with coverage and waistbands and other uncomfy stuff. But it’s easier because the vast majority of offices are air-conditioned. To a fault, even. (And if you work somewhere that’s not, well, they can’t exactly expect you to look like the soul of professionalism.) So your real challenge is to get between the heat and the AC while staying reasonably human-looking and without catching a chill.
Keep in mind:
*Linen is a lifesaver. Ideally, linen with a little stretch in it, to keep its shape (this is especially important with trousers.)
*Light layers will also get you between sweltering street and subway, subway and office. Think a thin cardigan or a light jacket.
*A top that you can wear untucked without its looking crummy is always good – or at the very least a blouse that you can tuck and untuck with minimal wrinkling damage.
*While I’m a fan of lighter colors in heat, with linen trousers that can get a little beachy – not to mention show wrinkles.
*In a pinch, that light, tailored jacket can do a lot: you can even throw it over what might technically be called a sun-dress, provided it’s solid and demure and you dress it up with a proper shoe.
*When in doubt or somewhere with major humidity, it’s no crime to keep a spare blouse at the office.