When it's hotter than seven Hells and twice as humid, it can be hard to look good. So that's why I asked style expert Lee Heyward to give us some tips for looking cool in hot weather. She's also got some helpful tips for planning your conference wardrobe.

Looking great is no sweat

There’s nothing worse than leaving the house thinking you look cute and arriving to work a sweaty mess! Sweat happens. There’s just no way around it. But you don’t have to sacrifice style or feeling fabulous simply when temperatures outside rise. Here are a few tips to remember as you dress to impress this summer.

Plan ahead

Commute to work wearing a cute fancy tee or tank. Swap it out in the lobby bathroom for your favorite work blouse. It makes a cab or subway ride with no air conditioning much more pleasant because you know you won’t have to wear a smelly shirt for the rest of the day.

Bonus Tip: My grandmother, Memory Lee Aldridge Lester, never left home without some loose powder for dabbing. That's why you'll never find me without a travel size baby powder in my bag.

Leave it at the office

A jacket or sweater is key to combating frigid air-conditioned offices, but it’s the last thing you want to wear on your way to work. Keep a few neutral cardigans or jackets in your office to ensure you are warm and stylish.

You're always at work

As company picnics and outdoor events pop up remember that you are always at work and choose your wardrobe carefully. If shorts are appropriate, keep them at a tasteful length and dress them up with a cute blouse instead of a skimpy tank top. Or choose a dress in a breathable fabric for a casual out-of-the-office look.

Skip the flip flops

Flip flops are the official shoe of summer but not at work. Showing too much foot at work is unprofessional. Plus, the annoying flip flop sound will drive your co-workers crazy. Not to mention it makes you pretty easy to keep tabs on!

Bonus Tip: Granny always cautioned against showing toe-cleavage too recklessly. Even in summer.

Style expert and author Lee Heyward believes anyone can have great style. Lee teaches her clients how to make style simple and effortless. Her real-world approach shows people that great style isn’t about being egotistical; it’s about achieving the confidence and happiness you deserve. She is the author of Simply Effortless Style: A Real Woman’s Guide to Making Style Easy and Fun.

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