Need a couple of good outfits for work trip (hot)(9 Posts)
... by the way, when I say 'look out for', I do of course mean 'don't buy'.
I would just add one more point - if you are buying dresses at this time of year, look out for ones that are lined or made from non-breathable fabrics. I have found that even sleeveless dresses this time of year from places like Hobbes tend to be made of thick material or are lined with polyester-type fabric, which makes them hooooot. (Yes, I am obsessed with natural fibres!) It can be frustrating buying for work trips when it's not the summer season here...
Sometimes I find it's worth buying something that's long-sleeved or less 'summery' as long as it is in cotton, because you will still stay cool. (NOT linen however, it's my bugbear - I don't want to end up looking like a crumpled Dan Cruikshank-like Brit professor abroad whilst the locals look cool and smart in neatly ironed shirts!! )
How about something like this? Not sure if it is formal (or long) enough for your workplace, but there are a few others you could browse:
Or something like this, with peg trousers I think it might suit a petite frame - I still think it might be the way to go:
(Can't afford a shopping spree at the moment, so doing it vicariously!)
LK bennett has some very nice and flattering work dresses, but might be bit over budget if you want 2 for 300.
Thanks, Suburbuan. Yes, I go there a lot and it is conservative, but it is SO freezing with the aircon inside that I usually wear a light jacket or pashima all the time when working/ in meetings. Good idea about layers. I usually wear trousers, but looking for a few dresses. I am very short, so long shirt with trousers makes me look a bit silly, I think!
Expatnow, you mention that you travel there quite frequently, so you are presumably familiar with the place - so I'm assuming that sleeveless dresses are appropriate for the location you are travelling to? For more conservative Muslim countries, I tend to wear trousers with shirtwaister-style shirts (eg. ones that over the bum), usually with a long-sleeved t-shirt underneath. All in cotton, which means that although there are several layers, I don't get too hot. If everything is nicely ironed, it looks office-smart but completely covered. I find that if I am on the safe side when it comes to being covered, it's one less thing to worry about and I can concentrate on work!
However if your environment is more relaxed, Hobbs and Reiss as suggested by suebfg sound good - in a nice breathable material. Could you get away with a good quality pashmina to cover up, which you could then remove in the evening?
I'd probably go more upmarket then. Check out Hobbs and the Hobbs Outlet, Reiss, LK Bennett.
I hadn't really thought about budget. Since I go out there a lot a couple of nice dresses would be useful so £300? Also need some new shoes....
I think M&S are great for work dresses. What is your budget?
... the hot refers to the climate rather than my goal of how I would like to look, but here is hoping for a hat trick... I have a few work trips in the middle east over the next few months and it will be hot, hot, hot. Of course, I will be in very chilly air-conditioned offices for much of the time, but I tend to have to go from meeting to meeting and so a bit of travelling outside. So... I am thinking of adding to my wardrobe with a few nice dresses. Long (obviously), but could be short sleeved or sleeveless as I can wear a jacket during meetings and whip them off for hotel lunches/ evenings at the bar. Has anyone seen anything that would suit. I am a size 8, short (5' 0") and would wear high heels.
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