Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Daily MelWear: White Out 2!

Well. Surprisingly I was able to get around to a few blogs yesterday. Here's hoping I can keep that up today! Thanks for all of the sweet encouragement, you guys!

Today's outfit is not at all what I'd planned to wear. I was going to wear this dress with the white blazer, but the drop waist wasn't working for me with the blazer and I felt like it was too short for this office. I know it doesn't look short in that post but trust me, it looked short today.

It's a good thing I changed (although I'm not sure this qualifies for a White Out without the blazer, and that's how I'll probably wear it since our AC ends up at 80 in the afternoon), because at the last minute my boss asked me to accompany her to teach a class to nursing students this morning. Oy! I'm much more comfortable in this outfit so I was okay being in front of the room. Until a roach almost fell on my head. At which point I remained calm anyway. Entirely unlike me.

A couple of weeks ago, I asked you all what your tips are for dressing professionally in the sweltering heat. Some of you had some great comments and I wanted to include them in today's post.

Victoria said, "My tip for dressing professionally in summer would be to invest in a very lightweight ivory blouse (like mine, obviously ;) ) and always carry a cardigan with you! Once the A/C is on full blast it gets cold!"

TiAnna said, " As far as dressing professionally in the summer, I'd say make sure you're not being too revealing at work just because it's hot. Also, peruse your employee handbook to see what you can and cannot wear, and take an example from your co-workers."

Heather from H & K  Style Journey said, "My main tip for dressing professionally in the summer is to wear a skirt with a cute short sleeve top. Grab a cardigan or a jacket for the office (A/C) and you're done. :)"

rlutz said, "My tip for dressing professionally this summer would be lots of blazers with skirts and dresses to stay cool!"

Beck said, "I don't really have tips on keeping cool, since I like the heat and our office A/C is usually on too cold for me. I guess one thing I could say is I use shawls and scarves as alternatives to cardigans and jackets over sundresses (they're also easy to pack and light to carry in a bag usually :) )"

Thanks for the tips, ladies! And now, I'm diving back into tracking my hours at work! Whee!

Today's outfit:
Skirt: Target
Blouse: Penney's (?)
Belt: Kohl's (came with a dress)
Blazer: Stein Mart
Shoes: Payless

39 comments:

  1. Oh wow! I can't do bugs; I'm glad you maintained your cool. I really like the blazer and skirt. Very cute. And I don't know how you find all types of heels at Payless. I don't think we have that kind of stuff at our Payless:(

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  2. I love the pattern of your skirt! It's sassy yet adorable. Probably adorable because your poses are so cute! ;)

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  3. I absolutely LOVE your outfit today! The skirt is beautiful. Gotta love a white blazer too.

    I would have freaked out if I saw a bug! Glad you can contain your composure and still do your photos!

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  4. I really like that skirt and the blazer. I am a sucker for any kind of stripes though (and paisley). Such a pretty green top, too.

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  5. Oh Melissa, I love the forest green on you!! You look stunning today- not a bad change of plans!

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  6. Ew, I would have not remained cool. I would have run screaming from the room, and they never would have convinced me to come back in. Ever.

    Thank goodness you are not me :)

    I really love this skirt, the stripes are awesome. And that green color looks fantastic on you!!

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  7. Oh, I love that skirt! And that top is such a pretty color on you. Perfect with the white blazer too!

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  8. I really love how all this looks together... that green top looks GREAT on you! http://orangiesattic.blogspot.com/

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  9. I think you did a great job with the white out challenge and definitely taking the blazer with is going to help you stay cool! Also, I usually try to always wear cotton in the summer because it breathes!

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  10. I definitely think this counts in the white out challenge.

    Roaches are no good - way to keep your composure!

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  11. That green is gorgeous on you! And I love the details on that sweet blazer!

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  12. Love this skirt. And the wide white belt is perfect with it. And I really like the blazer with it. And the blouse is so pretty. And....okay! I like it all!!! Your figure looks great in this outfit, too.

    Now, what I can't get with is a cockroach. That is the one thing that I fear most in life. Seriously. You want to see me go from 32 year-old adult to acting like a 2 year-old kid...the presence of one of those things will do it! I have some stories, I tell ya!

    Last thing, I'm curious to know how this skirt would look with the turquoise (teal?) top and red sandals that you wore on June 9???

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  13. Love this outfit...you look great!! that skirt is so cute, and I love how you paired it with that emerald shirt and white blazer!

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  14. A roach almost fell on your head and you remained calm?! I am amazed! I would've freaked. out. Hahaha! You are so adorable, though, how cool is that skirt?

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  15. It's funny how sometimes you can remain calm in those situations that you never imagine you could!

    The skirt and blouse combo is great. I love A line skirts, perfect for work. I know what you mean about some skirts feeling short.

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  16. I love this color of green with a white jacket...I have worn that before and it looks great on you!! Thanks for all of your sweet comments about my daughter's wedding! I hope to put up some more pictures when we get the professional shots from the photographer!! You look great!

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  17. The white + green combo is so fresh! That color is great on you.

    I wouldn't have kept my cool either I think - I can handle most bugs, but roaches? yikes!

    and thanks so much for sharing my suggestion!

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  18. I lovelovelovelovelove (did I say love?) that skirt. The shape is perfect and the colors are some of my faves. I still don't know know how I'd dress professionally for hot weather. Probably just nice blouses and skirts. Anything more and I'd melt.

    Eeep, watch out for those bugs! *shudder!*

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  19. I love nude heels. What would we do without them? And you should so "bump". It takes approximately 0 time.

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  20. I like the skirt. I try to stick with dresses in the sumemer, since they are comfortable and easy to wear. The fewer layers the better for me.

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  21. Love the outfit. The green is such a great color on you, and paired with the white jacket, it is beautiful.

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  22. That is a very cute skirt. Unexpected pairing with that green shirt but looks great.
    I hate roaches. I would have screamed most likely.
    Daphne.
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  23. i love this outfit! the green top is so beautiful with that skirt and i like how you added the white belt. perfect! seriously, love love love.

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  24. Hello,

    thanks for all the lovely comments on my blog. Always appreciated.

    Kelly xo
    Elegantly Academic

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  25. I love this outfit on you...too cute!

    I would have screamed if a bug fell on my head! It was amazing how many critters I came across recently when I was cleaning out my classroom! Good for you for remaining calm. :)

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  26. Message to the Target buyers of Connecticut. Can you PLEASE stock the Connecticut stores with pieces like the one Melissa is wearing in this photo? In the meantime, Mel, I am a size 8...I'll send you my mailing address offline. (Just kidding). Great outfit though. I'm REALLY feeling that skirt.

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  27. OMG a roach. I itch just thinking about it. I love this blouse! I'm going to call the color "asparagus" and declare that I need something, anything in that shade ASAP.

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  28. Good luck with your busy week at work, and way to keep calm with the roach! I would have run out of the room screaming!!!

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  29. Gorgeous outfit - very well put together, especially with the beautiful printed skirt

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  30. I really love that skirt and it pops with the forest green blouse! The A/C was so cold in the office today, I am contemplating bringing a blanket with me tomorrow!

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  31. i love the colors of this outfit and the white addition is perfect for summer!

    cute & little

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  32. Your blouse is such a beautiful saturated green color, I love it!

    Although I am not working now, South Florida makes it very hard to choose a wardrobe, I like jersey style dresses and no pantyhose, I am one of those people who are never cold, so I don't even bother with a jacket. Cotton also works well, but I am a fanatic about wrinkles. In my line of work sandals are appropriate so I go for them at payless so I can have dozens of different pairs.

    Sorry, but I had to laugh at your bug story. I was sitting in the car yesterday and I felt something crawling up my leg (thank God my husband was driving) looked down and it was a bee! I am so glad this didn't happen to one of my 16 yr old twins, as they probably would have jumped out of the car (especially the one that knows how to drive. I opened the window and tried to get it out with a stiff piece of paper, then a pen top, finally we had to pull over, take my shoe off and beat it to death on the side of the road. Luckily I did not get stung! South Florida=bugs!

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  33. I love everything about this outfit...the skirt, the shoes, the blouse, the belt...pure perfection!! I really love that shade of green on you!

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  34. Love that skirt! The pattern is awesome!

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  35. Pretty! I love that skirt and those heels.

    Melanie@Unravelled Threads
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  36. cute outfit. EWW out the roach almost falling on your head.

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  37. That skirt is jsut divine!! Good on you for being secrely prepared for being awesome at work! Also I've never seen a roach so I think that I would freak out to the extreme!

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  38. that's skirt look awesome. the colour matching too....not to sharp... i like it.

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