Ok, So the boss sent his annual “Summer Dress Code” email a couple of weeks ago. So I decided to search for some expert advise regarding this subject. Here’s what I found. Oh yeah, and Happy Summer 2010! – Justin

It’s getting hot out there, but don’t let the heat melt your judgment when it comes to what you wear to work. InStyle fashion director Hal Rubenstein says, “The important thing to remember is that you’re at work. It’s not the beach and it’s not the weekend.” Some tips for dressing for work in the warmer months:

  • Assess your feet before wearing sandals. “Even a great pedicure doesn’t hide every foot flaw,” Hal says. So, choose sandals with thicker straps (for more coverage) and a back that covers your heels. And flip-flops are always a no-no!
  • Say no to silk and linen. These fabrics may seem perfect for summer, but silk makes you sweat and linen gets crazy wrinkled! Opt for cotton or lightweight wool.
  • Shorts shouldn’t be too short! Shorts for work should be around knee-length and in a work-friendly fabric like cotton or lightweight wool.
  • Choose a standout summer dress. Stick with classic color-block dresses with sophisticated details, not a flouncy chiffon dress that may feel light and pretty, but says “date night,” not “going to work.

Question… How conservative do you have to dress at work? Is it hard finding appropriate work clothes for summer?


Temperatures are on the rise in the Motherlode. Here’s some info from (Woman’s Day). and YES, I read Woman’s Day. :) – Justin

  1. Set your thermostat at 68 degrees Fahrenheit during the day and 60 degrees Fahrenheit at night.
  2. Keep lamps and TVs away from air-conditioning thermostats. The heat produced can cause the air conditioner to run longer.
  3. Reduce trips to the refrigerator. Each time the door is opened, up to 30% of the cold air can escape.
  4. Take a look at your furniture arrangement. Make sure vents and radiators aren’t blocked by sofas, chairs or other items.
  5. Remove lint from the dryer filter. A dirty one can increase energy use by up to 30%.
  6. Give your home an energy audit. Go to Home Energy Saver to calculate your home’s energy use by zip code and find out the best ways for you to save energy.