Posts Categorized: shopping

Reader Request: Looking Professional in the Summer Heat

how to dress professionally in hot weather

Reader Heather sent me this question:

I’m a music teacher in rural Southeast Missouri, and when I’m doing an August band camp, it is ridiculously hot (think 95+ degrees with 100% humidity for 7 hours, no AC). A lot of blogs have articles on how to dress professionally during the summer, but they are almost all geared towards people who work in an (overly) air conditioned office. I think there’s a tendency to assume that people who need to dress professionally work indoors, while outdoor workers need to dress in a less polished way. I also look very young, so shorts, flip flops and tank tops just don’t work, and are against dress code anyway.

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Fight Back: Wear the Same Things Frequently

Why it is important to wear the same outfits over and over

So last week we chatted about saving the world be doing less laundry. THIS week let’s examine another facet of the same subject: Wearing the same clothes over and over again.

I believe I linked to this article when it first came out. It points out that some women have adopted a “wear it once” mindset because they fear being seen in the same outfits multiple times on social media. They are either donating or actually throwing away clothing that has only been worn on a couple of occasions, especially if that clothing has been photographed and tagged. I cannot overstate how disturbed I am by this revelation. Especially since fashion bloggers posting entirely new outfits on the daily – often showcasing items they’ve been paid to wear and therefore don’t own and will never wear again – are undoubtedly contributing to this problem. Big time.

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Save the World: Do Less Laundry

less laundry environment

When people talk about sustainable fashion, they tend to focus on production and consumption. And that’s understandable: Fast fashion production and manufacturing methods are appalling in most cases, and the associated advertising machinery encourages us to buy more than we need and more than we can afford. There’s a lot there that needs changing.

Less airtime is dedicated to talking about fighting fast fashion by taking great care of what you already own, elongating the life of all of your garments. This practice represents another way to reduce consumption that is easier, in many ways, than committing to buy only clothes made from organic cottons and recycled fibers. It also is helpful if, like me, you want to buy sustainable items moving forward but still have a lot of mall leftovers hanging in your closet. Taking care of your wardrobe items means hanging them up instead of dumping them on the floor, mending them as needed, and carefully treating any unfortunate stains. Of course, it also means keeping them clean.

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