So Haute: How to look professional but keep cool (literally).

“Hot time, Summer in the city!”

Are you feeling this heat wave like we are?! We’ve got some advice that will keep you feelin’ pretty 😉

When it comes to keeping cool at the office, our advice is pretty simple, opt for fabrications that are breathable, light, and comfortable for this summertime weather while at the office or in-transit to and from work!


Because of it’s natural fibers, cotton allows more air to circulate through the fabric, offering a more breathable choice than polyester fabric or silk.


We love this cotton woven tunic paired with a tailored ankle pant and loafer slides. Cool as a cucumber.

Lafayette 148, Neiman Marcus $128.


A cotton-blend pant like these will provide comfort and breathability now, but can also transition easily to Fall and Spring.

Derek Lam 10 Crosby, Saks $345

Pencil Skirt

Nothing will keep you cool like a cotton pencil skirt in the hot summer months! Pair it with a tucked-in sleeveless, feminine blouse and tailored suit jacket to keep your look uber professional; or try a loose, flowing blouse worn out, layered with a lightweight hi-lo sweater for a cool, summer-chic option.

Michael Stars, Nordstrom $78


Otherwise known as THE fabric of Summer, the natural fibers found in linen are from the flax plant and allow for maximum breathability and comfort!


Wear it with a cotton blouse and great pencil skirt for a polished look.

JCrew $168

A-line Skirt

Already cooling based on it’s blend of cotton and linen, this skirt has a bonus feature…it’s open a-line shape allows more air to circulate, so you’ll look AND feel fresh.

DVF, Nordstrom $298


Worn over an all-white look (pencil skirt or pencil pant) you’ll be looking sophisticated, chic, and cool (literally).

Lafayette 148 New York $268



Don’t sacrifice style for comfort. These peep-toe wedges will keep your toes free and the heat in your feet at a minimum.

Cole Haan, Bloomingdales $180


The It Shoe of the moment also has its perks! Because it’s a slide and you’re leaving your heel exposed, you’ll allow air to circulate. Score…because who could resist these beauties?!

Gucci, Neiman Marcus $650

Beat the heat, and let us spruce up your closet and keep YOU looking fresh all summer long with our Wardrobe Consulting, Personal Shopping, and Outfitting Services. Visit We’re Social! Follow along for the latest on our team, our work, and our inspirations! Instagram Facebook

Christy Walsh

Christy graduated with a degree in fashion merchandising from Kent State University and with a master’s degree in marketing and communication from Franklin University. She worked as a visual merchandiser for Columbus-based tween brand Justice and Fortune 500 Columbus-based retailer Abercrombie & Fitch before joining Wardrobe Therapy. She lives in Worthington, Ohio with her husband and two daughters.

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