DFW is known for its scorching summers and unbearable heat—and nothing is worse than trekking through the warmer weather only to arrive at work in a pool of sweat. From sleeveless jackets to rompers and shorts, area mega-retailer Belk has identified several tips and trends to keep you cool and office appropriate for the summer season. Keeping these five tips in mind, you are sure to be the coolest in style and temp in your workplace this summer.
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Arlene Goldstein
VP of Fashion Direction and Trend Merchandising
13350 Dallas Parkway
Dallas, TX 75240
(972) 702-7100

Arlene Goldstein hails as the fearless fashion maven for Southern department store Belk. With an unprecedented amount of experience in the fashion industry, Goldstein is highly sought after for her knowledge on fashion trends, style advice and the ins and outs of Belk designer labels. Just following the opening of the newest Belk location at Galleria Dallas, Goldstein has traveled to the DFW area on multiple occasions to lend her expertise on what styles and trends will look best for the DFW male and female. Staying true to the Belk motto of “Modern, Southern, Style,” Goldstein offers up her five tips and tricks for staying cool in the office during the summer heat.

Try on a sleeveless jacket for cooler work wear while maintaining the office dress codeGone are the days where sleeveless apparel is deemed to be inappropriate work wear. Goldstein, an expert in fashion trends and style, notes that professionalism and class can still be maintained even when donning a little skin. Take, for example, a classic ivory vest offered by Belk brand Willow & Clay. This vest in its open-front design is not only sleek, but office appropriate for its ease to be paired with trousers or skirts and casually with jeans.

Wear cool and comfortable shorts for all-day comfortAs more and more corporate dress codes are being re-defined, Goldstein hints that a style of casual chic can still be office savvy yet provide the utmost comfort in the warmer weather seasons. Shorts are easily dressed up or down, and for women, shimmer shorts are the must-have statement piece. With the newest silhouettes of shorts being more forgiving and easier to wear, this summertime staple should be incorporated into all casual wardrobes. Be adventurous by stepping outside of the ordinary and creating a short suit with a shaped blazer or boxy jacket. For the men, a structured pair of preppy shorts can effortlessly add a bright look to a casual summer style in just the blink of an eye.

A white dress is essential for summerThe black and white trend is in for the summer, but ordinarily white and light-colored clothing will resist the heat from the summer sun. As an essential piece to any wardrobe, a white dress will work well for any occasion from a summer soiree to a day in the office. Current offerings at Belk include dresses by French Connection that add a touch of delicate textures by including a feminine lace inset for a softer look. Adorn your white dress with statement accessories and you now have the Southern charm and flair that any Southern belle desires for her summer office wear.

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Wear chunky sandals to complement your mini and maxi dressesMaxi dresses are a definite hit for the office when the warmer weather arrives and becomes unbearable. Make this summer staple office worthy by adding a light cardigan or jean jacket to cover up bare shoulders and arms if completely necessary. From head to toe, you will turn heads with this look if you finish the style by adding this summer’s hottest trend of chunky or “block” heels. Add a pop of color to your look by donning these sandals in peach or taupe which are the new neutrals.

Rompers are inRompers are being seen everywhere and will be a go-to staple for cooling off this summer in the scorching heat. Lightweight options are available in tribal prints as well as floral—making this look effortlessly great and cool for any occasion. While most short rompers will lean towards inappropriate work attire, some gravitate just below the knee in length with others being full-on pantsuits. Indulge in this trend today by visiting an area Belk to see the hottest rompers by Michael Kors, Romeo & Juliet Couture and Trina Turk, to name a few.

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Leah Frazier is a freelance writer covering all things Dallas. Her work can be found on Examiner.com.