Stay Cool and Look Good at Work

It might be tempting to reach for your go-to, black-wool suit every morning, but trust me - show up dressed like that during the summer months and you'll look like you haven't checked a calendar in eons.

So, may I suggest this fabulous white, sleeveless Gerard Darel suit I recently happened upon?

how to wear a sleeveless suit

Notice that because you're showing more skin (your arms), you'll want to keep the rest of the suit loose. This balances the bare-arm to maintain a sense of professional decorum. Leave the fitted, nipped/tucked, sleeveless outfits for the Miami Beach clubs.

Pops of color (blue blouse and saffron purse) keep the suit from looking too plain or stodgy:

wear a sleeveless suit

Tip: I wore the same color shoes as the pants to elongate my legs:

sleeveless suit for summer

This suit is a wonderful alternative to traditional office garb and its airy design keeps you cool in hot weather. I like to think that its free-flowing lines emanate a billowing Gehry, but that just may be wishful thinking.

Photography credit: Erica Hampton



  • Jessie Wakefield says:

    Oh yes, you looked definitely cool, Heidi,both figuratively and literally!

  • Sophie says:

    there’s nothing like beating the summer sun than wearing sleeveless! I go sleeveless lately at work, too, in pale yellow colors. Feels perfectly comfortable, I must say 🙂

  • Melissa says:

    Of my.. You’ve got gorgeous white heels, I’m envious!

  • Aaliyah Jane Cross says:

    you know what they say about summer.. skin is in.. so I’m wearing sleeveless to work, too! 🙂

  • Desiree says:

    I agree with you, Heidi, wearing white really looks fabulous on you. I love your white stilettos too! And the blue blouse underneath all that whites is perfect.

  • Helga says:

    I stay cool this summer with sleeveless / tank tops too. and cropped denim shorts. Yeep, I know, not very appropriate, but it’s street wise.

  • Carrie Ann says:

    You’re right. Wearing shoes that’s same color with your pants helps make you look long legged. And wearing sleeveless to the office isn’t really a bad thing, it’s actually appropriate, given the state of the season…

  • marjorie says:

    I think wearing sleeveless tops is not so bad, I mean, you can always pair it with a full skirt, or wear a vest on top of it, so it would still look cool and not street-trashy.. Just sayin’..

  • Aaliyah Jane says:

    I love the shoes you’re wearing, it looks perfect with your sleeveless suit. And your workbag/bag – it’s to die for! I love it!

  • I’ve been wearing sleeveless and short-sleeved blouses lately at work. The scorching heat of the sun might as well put a tan on my shoulders, but I welcome it, because before long, it’s gonna be winter again and I won’t be able to wear this comfy sleeveless once again..

  • Tina says:

    Nice suit, looks so comfy and summery!

  • loreleichung says:

    Yes, you definitely look good with that cool outfit Heidi 🙂

  • Last summer was really hot hot hot! What I did to stay cool was to drink lots and lots of water and wore comfy clothes like cotton tank tops and sundresses.

  • Gigi Benson says:

    Those summer months, I had to endure heat and sweat, so in order to stay cool, I made sure I was always hydrated (I brought cold bottled water everyday on my way to work) and wear comfy clothes.

  • Yasmine says:

    Last summer, I stayed cool by going over to my cousins in Alaska, where it’s always cold. Yes, I literally stayed cool because I didn’t like getting torched up by the heat.

  • Wena says:

    To stay cool amid the heat, I always bring an extra pair of short skirts with me and casual cut-outs too!

  • Blue says:

    You’ve got a lovely pair of white shoes, the same color that I could never pull off at work.

  • Nancy says:

    Well, I must say… that white, sleeveless Gerard Darel suit is indeed fabulous!

  • Arianne says:

    Oh, I actually love wearing casually styled coats, too. By the way, you’re rocking those white strappy shoes, I love it!

  • Georgina says:

    Your bag… that’s something I would want to buy for myself this holiday!!

  • Victoria says:

    Thanks for the tips about elongating your legs by using same colored pants and shoes. Never thought of that before. 🙂

  • MJ Walters says:

    I noticed that you’re a blue and white outfit person and the ensemble actually looks great on you! It goes well with the season 🙂

  • Nadine says:

    A sleeveless suit for summer? Why not? I think that’s a great idea especially in this kind of weather.

  • Tania says:

    At this rate we’re having with summer, I sure would love to wear a sleeveless blouse to feel more comfortable and at ease.

  • Veronica says:

    Being able to work as comfortable as possible is my priority when working. I want to stay cool despite the sun beating up a notch. Thanks for this suggestions Heidi.

  • Pia Gustin says:

    Wearing short sleeves this season to go to work is advisable indeed. With the scorching sun hot on my trail, long sleeved jackets/coats aren’t really practical, even if you look fashionable in it.

  • Laurel says:

    Love that sleeveless jacket!

  • Clementine says:

    Love how you styled your whole outfit!

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