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What to Wear to Work When It's Too Damn Hot

Kristen Berry

It’s not quite summer yet, but we’ve already had a few swelteringly hot days out here in the Bay Area. While the heat is ideal for a trip to the beach or poolside reading, it’s less appealing during the workweek, when you have to find something to wear that will keep you cool, comfortable and office-appropriate all day long.

I always add a few fresh dresses to my closet each summer for just this reason. Nothing feels quite as light, breezy and pretty as an easy dress in a breathable fabric. I look for forgiving cuts and materials that allow me move freely – or sit in front of my computer for hours without feeling like I’m wearing a corset.

Here are ten options (including one jumpsuit for good measure!) that will help you beat the heat in style this summer.  

H&M Sleeveless Dress in White/Blue Patterned, $50 at HM.com.

H&M Sleeveless Dress in White/Blue Patterned, $50 at HM.com.

This dress is perfect to help beat the Monday blues as well as look chic at a dressy weekend day party. You can easily turn the formality down a bit with a pair of flat sandals, or play up the fancy with strappy heels.

Everlane Silk Tank Dress in Persimmon, $88 at Everlane.com.

Everlane Silk Tank Dress in Persimmon, $88 at Everlane.com.

I am obsessed with the color of this dress. I would add a bit of shape by cinching the waist with a belt, and pop a jacket on to beat the chill of the AC while at the office. Keeping makeup limited to a nude lip and a bronzey eye would let the brilliant hue of this dress shine.

Zara Linen Shirt Dress, $70 at Zara.com.

Zara Linen Shirt Dress, $70 at Zara.com.

Doesn’t this look like it would be a slice of office-chic heaven on a hot day? I love that the slightly flirty slits in the skirt provide a bit of extra movement (and, ahem, extra airflow when it’s sweltering out). I’d wear a pretty pink lip, a girly ponytail and a pair of heeled sandals with this one.

H&M Crinkled Dress in White/Feathers, $35 at HM.com

H&M Crinkled Dress in White/Feathers, $35 at HM.com

How adorable is this print?! I love the multicolored feathers, as well as the overall femininity of the cut. I’d wear this dress just as it’s pictured here for a Sunday Funday with my boyfriend, or pop a pair of heels on to dress it up further for the office.

Everlane Silk Short-Sleeve Dress, $98 at Everlane.com.

Everlane Silk Short-Sleeve Dress, $98 at Everlane.com.

The relaxed cut of this dress is just too good, with the rolled sleeves, body-skimming fit and high-low hem. There’s also a slim keyhole cut in the back to show just a sliver of skin. I’d probably toss a belt over this one to accentuate my waist a bit and introduce a little color, or a nice metallic shade.

Zara Printed Tunic, $70 at Zara.com.

Zara Printed Tunic, $70 at Zara.com.

Guys, this print!! It’s so beautiful and summery and delicious. And it already comes with its own little tie to cinch in your waist. I’d wear my hair up and pop on a bright poppy-colored lipstick (playing up the same shade as in the dress) wearing no eyeshadow at all, just piles of black mascara. I’d stick to a nude shoe with this one – no need to compete with all of these bold, gorgeous colors.

Aya Cupro Draped Twist Dress in Charcoal, $102 at Modern-Citizen.com.

Aya Cupro Draped Twist Dress in Charcoal, $102 at Modern-Citizen.com.

So, you know I’ve been playing around with proportions in my wardrobe, especially introducing a few skirts and dresses with longer-than-usual hemlines. I love that the asymmetrical cut of this dress offers the best of both worlds. The simple gray hue and crewneck neckline is the perfect canvas for a fun statement necklace, or layers of simpler necklaces in different lengths. Whenever I wear a longer skirt, I like to pair it with heels to avoid feeling matronly. And I’d definitely rock a bold pink or orange lip to brighten up the gray.

Zara Lace-Up Shirt Dress, $50 at Zara.com.

Zara Lace-Up Shirt Dress, $50 at Zara.com.

A sleeveless shirt dress is one of the crispest things you can wear to work on a hot-ass day. I love the contrast top-stitching on this one. And if you’re worried about perspiring as you’re running around, a dark color like this navy number will be more forgiving. I’d lighten the look up a bit with a pair of blush wedge sandals.

J.Crew Factory Chevron-Striped Dress, $64 at Factory.Jcrew.com

J.Crew Factory Chevron-Striped Dress, $64 at Factory.Jcrew.com

So I’m going to be honest – I thought this dress was adorable when I saw it from the front, but it’s the back that makes me want to throw money at it. However, I wouldn’t recommend showing off your lower back in addition to your arms and legs in the office, so I’d pop a little jacket on top while at work (preferably a distressed white denim jacket), and take it off for happy hour.

Zara Jumpsuit with Open Back, $100 at Zara.com.

Zara Jumpsuit with Open Back, $100 at Zara.com.

Even I occasionally get tired of wearing skirts (or just don’t feel like shaving my legs) and need to reach of a pair of pants. I love jumpsuits for this reason (as I recently shared). It’s so easy to reach for a single piece rather than having to pull together a bunch of separates. I love the conservative cut of this one, combined with a peek of back. Because your legs are covered, you might be able to get away with the cut-out back at the office, but you can easily toss a jacket on top if it makes you feel self-conscious.

What are your go-to pieces to wear to work when it’s blazing hot outside?

- Kristen

How to Dress Like a Boss in a Dressed-Down World

Kristen Berry

Faux Fancy_How to Dress Like a Boss

While watching an episode of “Mad Men” or “House of Cards,” I’ll often catch myself wishing that I could wear such exquisitely beautiful, formal clothes to work without feeling woefully, awkwardly overdressed.

This frustrated me when I first moved to the Bay Area from Metro Detroit. While we dressed casually at the office of the PR agency I worked for in Michigan, when we had a client meeting or a new business pitch, we dressed up. And I did so gladly. I love dressing up. I like wearing “work clothes” to the office. It makes me feel fashionable and professional and ready to kick the day’s ass.

So when my California supervisor sat me down ahead of a big client meeting and suggested I dress less “nice,” I bristled a bit. But while your ideas, intelligence and work product are the most important things at the end of the day, it’s naive to think that what you wear doesn’t matter. Here in the Silicon Valley, well known for its acceptance of hoodies and flip-flops in the workplace, dressing overly formally can do more than just make you look out of place – it can give the impression that you’re out of touch, too stiff or just not the right fit for a company’s culture, especially if you’re already an outsider.

But in today’s casual culture, what exactly are you supposed to wear when you have a big meeting, a job interview, want to show your boss (or employees) that you mean business, or just want to step up your workplace fashion game? And how can you balance looking appropriate while maintaining your personal style? Here are a few tips and tricks that have worked for me.

Classic Cuts in Bold Colors and Patterns – My Foolproof Recipe

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When someone recently asked me what I feel most powerful in, this dress immediately popped into my mind. I love the combination of the classic, formal cut and the fun, bold, can’t-miss-me color. This has been my go-to formula as I rebuilt my work wardrobe for the Bay Area. I always keep an eye out for classic office-appropriate clothing staples – structured dresses, blazers, pencil skirts, etc. – in hues and prints that are anything but corporate.

It also helps to mix and match dressier pieces with more casual items, especially for everyday wear. Want to tone down that sharp pencil skirt? Pair it with a cotton tee. Throw a denim jacket over that conservatively-cut dress. Combine your elegant blouse with your favorite jeans. Finding the right mix can create the ideal balance of formality and ease – and get even more mileage out of the pieces already in your closet.

How I recently styled a wool pencil skirt from J.Crew for the office.

How I recently styled a wool pencil skirt from J.Crew for the office.

How to Amp Up Your Wardrobe If You Gravitate Toward the Casual

No matter how beautiful an item of clothing might be, you’re never going to feel confident in it if you’re uncomfortable in it. That goes for physical comfort (Too tight? Too restricting? Too hot or itchy? Don’t buy it), as well as a sense of authenticity. If the outfit doesn’t feel like you (or the you you want to project), you’re not going to feel like your best, most confident self.

First, let’s tackle items that are physically comfortable as well as professional. What are the items you typically gravitate toward, and how can you kick them up a notch? If you frequently reach for t-shirts, keep reaching for t-shirts! However, look for options with an interesting cut or bit of detail that dresses them up a bit. Or just throw a jacket on top – a little topper can make you look instantly pulled together. Also, consider tossing a top or two into the mix that isn’t a t-shirt. A button-down or blouse can feel equally comfortable if you pick one in a breathable fabric that feels good against the skin.

Similarly, if you’d like to add a few skirts or dresses to your work wardrobe, opt for flattering, forgiving cuts (a good A-line works on everyone) in fabrics that allow you to move freely. Also, materials with a hint of stretch tend to be more wrinkle-resistant, in addition to helping you feel more mobile. If you love wearing jeans seven days a week, wear ‘em! Just consider their color, fit, and condition. While light denim is in, a pair of neat, dark, straight-legged or slightly boot-cut jeans go a long way toward looking office-appropriate. Speaking of color, why not branch out of your everyday blues and grab a pair in a different hue once in awhile? And when it comes to shoes, don’t feel pressured to wear heels if they just aren’t your jam. Ballet flats, ankle boots and structured flat sandals work just fine.

1) Emmanuelle Alt; 2) Desiree Rogers; 3) Claire Mazur and Erica Cerulo; 4) Tracy Sun; 5) June Ambrose; 6) Mellody Hobson; 7) Amal Clooney; 8) Emmanuelle Alt; 9) June Ambrose; 10) Amal Clooney; 11) Hillary Kerr and Katherine Power.

1) Emmanuelle Alt; 2) Desiree Rogers; 3) Claire Mazur and Erica Cerulo; 4) Tracy Sun; 5) June Ambrose; 6) Mellody Hobson; 7) Amal Clooney; 8) Emmanuelle Alt; 9) June Ambrose; 10) Amal Clooney; 11) Hillary Kerr and Katherine Power.

Now, for the trickier part – finding a style that feels authentic to you while also presenting a professional image.  Ironically, I find it helps to start by looking at the style of women I admire for inspiration. I ask myself what it is about a certain outfit that speaks to me. Perhaps it’s how crisp Emmanuelle Alt, editor in chief at Vogue Paris, always looks in her blazers. Or the cut of the long-sleeved, boldly printed dress Mellody Hobson, president of Ariel Investments (and Chair of the Board of Directors of DreamWorks Animation) is wearing above. I then make a note (literally, there’s a note in my iPhone dedicated to fashion) to keep an eye out for those things the next time I hit the stores. This also helps ensure that when I walk into H&M or Zara, I don’t walk out with purchases annoyingly similar to items I already have, but pieces that really make a difference in my wardrobe.

What item in your closet makes you feel most like a boss?

- Kristen

April Faves (2016)

Kristen Berry

I know what you’re thinking. April faves? But it’s May! Better late than never, right? Anyway, here’s a quick rundown of the various awesomeness I’ve been digging lately, from a one-product-wonder for your brows to the boldest eye palette in my collection.

Morphe 35U Multi-Color Shimmer Palette, $20 at MorpheBrushes.com.

Morphe 35U Multi-Color Shimmer Palette, $20 at MorpheBrushes.com.

I have a ton of eyeshadow palettes, but they’re all fairly neutral. I have a 9-5 office job, so when I invest in a new palette, I want to make sure I can actually wear most of the shades to work. I’ve been wanting to branch out of my safe neutral comfort zone on weekends though, so I thought if I could find a single palette that offers numerous shades at a reasonable price, I’ll snag it.

Let me introduce you to my perfect fit. The Morphe 35U Multi-Color Shimmer Palette is so beautiful I kind of want to frame it and hang it up as art. This baby packs 35 vivid shades and only runs $20. Despite the price point, the quality of these shadows is excellent – super pigmented, rich and creamy, and lasts quite nicely through the day when applied over a primer.

Now, I wouldn’t travel with this one – the packaging isn’t very robust and it has a very large form factor. Some folks have depotted their Morphe palettes to put select shades into smaller Z Palettes, but results seem mixed. To me, keeping this palette homebound (and in one piece) is a small price to pay for such an amazing deal. Especially when it’s all I need to create a beautiful multi-color spring look like the one I demonstrate in my latest tutorial.

Glossier Boy Brow, $16 at Glossier.com.

Glossier Boy Brow, $16 at Glossier.com.

I’ve tried a billion brow products, but nothing has persuaded me to replace my brow pencil/Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Gel routine...until now.

Glossier’s Boy Brow is a beauty lover’s dream come true. It’s a creamy pomade versus a gel, softly pigmented to thicken and fill in your brows. The tiny little brush is also ideal for grooming those little face framers, all while creating a natural-looking texture. My brows stay in place all day without getting stiff, and the product doesn’t flake off. I still like to define the shape of my arch a bit with a pencil before going in with this, but if you love the natural shape of your brows, this can totally be the only brow product you ever use.

Well done, Glossier.

Maybelline FIT ME! Matte + Poreless Foundation and Powder, both in the color Toffee, $6 each at Target.com.

Maybelline FIT ME! Matte + Poreless Foundation and Powder, both in the color Toffee, $6 each at Target.com.

I’ve been using Clinique’s Beyond Perfecting Foundation + Concealer for months now, and while I like it, my skin is craving something a bit less heavy for the warmer months. A bunch of the beauty bloggers I follow have been raving about the Maybelline FIT ME! line, so I decided to give it a go.

I went with their Matte + Poreless range for normal to oily skin, and I’m a fan. The foundation has a buildable, medium coverage, and feels light and breathable on the skin. I apply it using a damp e.l.f. Blending Sponge, adding a bit extra of extra product to any blemishes that peek through the initial layer. Setting it with the matching powder adds further coverage and helps keep the shine at bay a little longer. The powder is also excellent for touch-ups. There’s a little sponge and mirror in the compact, and after patting it on any shiny spots, my makeup looks good as new.

“Fat Mascara” Podcast, FREE on iTunes.

“Fat Mascara” Podcast, FREE on iTunes.

Expert makeup and skincare advice? Hilariously candid beauty fails? Cameo appearances from industry legends and buzzworthy newcomers? An inside look at what it’s like to be a beauty editor at a major glossy magazine? “Fat Mascara” has all that and then some.

I look forward to this hysterical and insightful podcast every Thursday, hosted by Jessica Matlin (deputy beauty editor at Cosmopolitan) and Jennifer Goldstein (executive beauty and health editor at Marie Claire). It’s obvious that these two are friends in real life – their frank and funny rapport makes this podcast a true joy to listen to, like eavesdropping on two chicks you can’t wait to become friends with. Whether they’re dishing on the right concealer to get you through allergy season or chatting about hanging with Katy Perry at the launch of her new lipstick line, their weekly podcast is always a must-listen.

Shea Moisture Jamaican Black Castor Oil Strengthen Grow & Restore Styling Lotion, $11 at Ulta.com.

Shea Moisture Jamaican Black Castor Oil Strengthen Grow & Restore Styling Lotion, $11 at Ulta.com.

I’m always searching for the perfect daily hair moisturizer that 1) I can apply to dry hair 2) doesn’t weigh my hair down and 3) smells nice. This product checks all three boxes. The lotion is oil-based, and includes shea butter, peppermint and castor oil – all good for dry, chemically-processed, color-treated and heat-styled hair like mine. It also smells ever so subtly of vanilla cupcakes. I haven’t used it long enough to tell you if it actually strengthens, grows or restores my hair, but I’m willing to keep using it until I find out.

What have you been loving this month?

- Kristen

Spring Color

Kristen Berry

I recently noticed that while I have nearly a million eyeshadow palettes, they’re all fairly...neutral. Even the boldest colors in my collection are work-friendly. I wanted to add some color to my arsenal, but only wanted to invest in one palette.

Then I stumbled across this amazing palette from Morphe, a brand best known for their makeup brushes. The Morphe 35U Multi-Color Shimmer Palette contains 35 gorgeous shades, and only costs $20 dollars. Of course, unless you live near Morphe’s only brick and mortar store in Burbank, CA, you’ll have to spring for shipping as well. But at this price, the palette is still an incredible bargain. And the quality is fantastic – the shadows provide a wonderful color payoff, and last all day.

While searching for inspiration for a bold beauty look to try out, I found this amazing creation from Beautylish. I took this look for a spin last Saturday, and I absolutely loved it. It was surprisingly easy to create, and felt so fun and summery.

Never one to keep an awesome discovery to myself, I decided to film a tutorial of this look. Check it out!

Products used in this tutorial:

  • NARS Pro-Prime™ Smudge Proof Eyeshadow Base, $26 at Sephora.com.
  • Morphe 35U Multi-Color Shimmer Palette, $20 at MorpheBrushes.com.
  • e.l.f. Makeup Mist & Set, $3 at Target.com.
  • Urban Decay Naked 24/7 Glide-On Double-Ended Eye Pencil, $18 at Ulta.com.
  • Maybelline Fit Me Concealer (now in a new formula than the one used in the tutorial), $4.40 at Target.com.
  • e.l.f. Studio Translucent Matifying Powder, $3 at Target.com.
  • Maybelline® Lash Sensational™ Mascara, $7 at Target.com.
  • NARS Satin Lip Pencil in Rikugien, $26 at Sephora.com.

What makeup looks are you excited to try this spring?

- Kristen

Spend or Save: Shade Adjusting Drops from The Body Shop

Kristen Berry

It happens every summer and every winter – I look in the mirror one day to find that the foundation I’ve been faithfully wearing all season no longer matches my tanned or untanned skin. What if instead of having to buy a new foundation, I could simply pluck a jar from my medicine cabinet and add a drop of liquid to transform my makeup to the perfect shade?

Intriguing concept, right?That was my reaction when I received a package from the kind PR folks for The Body Shop, containing their new Shade Adjusting Drops. The drops are available in two shades, one to lighten and one to darken foundation to create your ideal color.

I couldn’t wait to put them to the test. I did have an initial reservation, though – the bottles are sold separately, at $20 a pop. But if it works, and you have a collection of numerous foundations to lighten or darken, it might be worth it, right?

The product is very easy to use. I applied a few drops of a foundation that’s a bit too light to the back of my hand. I then used the dropper to add one drop of the darkening shade adjuster. I mixed the two with my fingers, and applied it to my face.

The resulting color was indeed a ½ shade darker than the original foundation, and if you add more of the adjusting drops, you can create an even deeper shade. The drops also blended perfectly with the foundation, creating an even color and consistency.

Did the drops actually create the perfect shade? Unfortunately, no. The finished color looked a bit – gray, noticeably ashy. Which is ironic, because in addition to deepening the foundation color, one of the promises of the darkening drops is that it will help combat ashy tones in your makeup.

I tried adding the lightening drops to a too-dark foundation in my makeup kit, and I found that the finished product had a similar grayish hue.

The thing is, our skin tones are different in many ways, beyond just their lightness and darkness. Some of us have golden undertones. Some have cooler undertones. Others are more neutral. In order for a foundation to be perfect for us, it has to match those undertones, in addition to the darkness or lightness of our skin.

So while the concept behind this product is brilliant, I’m not sure that it works in practice – especially at $20/bottle.

If you’re looking for a new foundation, and you’re in the market for a higher-end product, I highly recommend going to Sephora and asking for a few samples of foundations in multiple shades. That way you can test drive the makeup – in terms of color, as well as wear, coverage and overall feel – in your everyday life over the course of a few days to see if it really suits you. If you’re more of a drugstore makeup gal, at worst, you spend $10 or less each on a couple of foundations until you find the right one. And if you’re somewhere in between two shades, you’re not spending an arm and a leg if you need to buy them both and mix them.

While this is a “save” versus a “spend” for me, I hope the folks at The Body Shop continue to explore how to solve key beauty pain points like these.