Plus-Size Workwear That'll Actually Keep You Cool

Sure, it's summertime and the livin' is easy. But, living is also pretty humid, sticky, and gross right about now, too. Whether you're sliding into skin-meltingly hot seats in a car or standing in that sauna otherwise known as the subway, your commute's likely gotten hot enough to reduce you to a human puddle before you reach your morning meeting.
Until someone figures out air-conditioned garments, or public nudity becomes workplace acceptable, there are a few sartorial solutions that are the best way to keep your temperature down this time of year. Our simplest trick is switching in lightweight and airy fabrics. So, we collected a few options worthy of your professional wardrobe that are all size 14+ and are sure to work overtime to keep you cool. If your dress code permits crop tops and short-shorts, you can always take the less-is-more approach to summer dressing. If not, click through to see our promotion-worthy picks.
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If you work in a strict style environment, where “Casual Friday” means you get to wear khakis and a polo shirt, you obviously can't stroll in wearing a strapless maxi-dress. Stick with suit separates in lightweight fabrics, like linen or seersucker, and keep a blazer at work (in a vibrant hue or print, if you can get away with it), but don't even consider trying to don it for the commute.
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Business Casual
While you’re not restricted to suit separates, you should still leave the beach-bum look for the days you play hooky. This style is all about toeing the dress-code line without stumbling over it. Go with linen or gauze dresses that still look polished, or breathable, slouchy pants that can take you from meetings to margaritas, no sweat.
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Besides showing up to your job in only a swimsuit, there's not much you could wear to break the dress code in your free-wheelin' workplace. And, while you could just put on PJs, these days you're not wearing enough to bed to really qualify. Look for semi-sheer tops, whisper-thin jumpsuits, and eyelet dresses to keep you feeling cool and looking even cooler.
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