I really think summer is the most difficult season to dress professionally for. It's especially frustrating for someone like myself who doesn't like to go sleeveless. There are so many cute dresses that would equally cute if they had sleeves...grr. Even in my pre-garment existence, I rarely wore sleeveless clothes because I have really unattractive underarms. Especially here in DC it's hard to dress for high humidity, professional engagements, and freezing air-conditioning in one outfit. Thankfully it's ok to go without pantyhose in this office. I've thought about getting some sort of summer suit, but I'd rather not get a khaki or beige color. I'd love to get light grey but I haven't seen many suits like that, let alone in a summerweight fabric. I have a couple of short sleeve jackets I wear with a suit skirt if I really need to wear a suit in this season. Gah.
Oh boy, I am definitely going to be in the soup with this same problem. I bought two new suits but neither is super light weight. I'm looking for that same elusive light grey, light fabric.
A friend that works for Brooks Bros. says she typically wears wool even in the summer (not heavy wool of course) because it breathes. I believe her, but I don't know that I can justify wool in Kinshasa.
Let's not even get into The G Question. I always ask RMs who served in hot countries what they wore and it seems like everyone was unhappy with their g's. I had a Brazilian classmate who always bought his on trips home because he hates American g's.
I've got a nice Ann Taylor suit in a lovely silvery-gray with very pale stripes of tan and blue running through it. The one problem is finding shoes. Well, two problems-the material easily shows wrinkles so I only get 1 wearing out of it.