Reader Request: How to Look Stylish While Staying Cool

Reader Request:

I am heading to Arizona for a meeting next week and would like some ideas of what to wear. I thought I knew what to take until I realized that it is over 110 degrees every day.  So, I guess I cannot go to the meetings nude or in a two piece.  Any ideas of how I can look stylish and stay cool?

Thank you for submitting a question!

First of all, are you absolutely sure that you can’t attend at least a few meetings in a swimsuit? Ok, ok, scratch that: I don’t want to be responsible for any untimely bouts of unemployment 🙂

To look stylish and feel cool – all while being work-appropriate, of course – I suggest:

The 3 L's: Loose, Light, Linen

The Three L’s: Loose fitting, Light colored, and LINEN

Light Layers Two More L’s: Light Layers

(i.e. tanks and camis worn under featherweight cardigans or lightweight blazers; extra cool points for 3/4 instead of full length sleeves)

Cropped Trousers

Cropped Trousers: professional looking, but with a little extra air conditioning at the bottom

(all images courtesy of

I hope this helps, and again, thank you for the question!



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  1. Yay! So, I think being gainfully employed will have to stay at the forefront of my mind while I am in the middle of the blazing heat. On the other hand, I am not responsible if I become delusional from the heat…a swimsuit may appear with a big hat in the meeting. Thanks so much for your help!

    • Joy and Sunshine says:

      I think it’ll be okay as long as you accessorize with the big hat. Without the hat, it’s just a swimsuit at a meeting, and that’s unacceptable in most corporate settings 🙂 Happy to help!

  2. Hello J&S!

    I hope all is well! I truly appreciate all of your suggestions in the past. I am preparing for another trip for work and a little play in California. I will be spending time in Fresno, San Francisco/Oakland, and hopefully Napa! So, I need to pack for a few different climates as well as outings. Most importantly, what does one wear on a wine tour? Thanks in advance for your help!!

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