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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.
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On May 28th, 2009 06:51 pm (UTC), four_alarm commented:
You could always go with those shrug cardigans. They're still pretty nice and professional looking but not as heavy as suit jackets.
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On May 29th, 2009 01:21 pm (UTC), ticklethepear replied:
I always felt they'd look awkward on me since I'm so short and chubby but I'll give it a shot!
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On May 28th, 2009 08:17 pm (UTC), clynne commented:
Garments are considered sacred by Church members and are not regarded as a topic for casual conversation.

D'oh! I'm sure I've totally made casual conversation with you about your Garments! Thanks for not, you know, getting bent at me!
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On May 29th, 2009 01:22 pm (UTC), ticklethepear replied:
I violate that "rule" on a regular basis. No worries!
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On May 28th, 2009 10:13 pm (UTC), mysteena commented:
I've been thinking about the high temps/cold AC problem myself. I assume the LOC will be a pretty chilly temp, as the colder it is the better as far as book preservation is concerned. I'm thinking I'll keep a sweater at work.

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On May 29th, 2009 01:22 pm (UTC), ticklethepear replied:
Don't forget the Nipple Problem! :/
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On May 29th, 2009 03:23 pm (UTC), congogirl commented:
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.
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On May 29th, 2009 03:40 pm (UTC), ticklethepear replied:
At least you can have a suit made in Kin!
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On May 29th, 2009 03:42 pm (UTC), congogirl replied:
I'll have to look for not-so-flamboyant fabrics...
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On May 29th, 2009 03:44 pm (UTC), ticklethepear replied:
True - occupational hazard of working in Africa.
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On May 29th, 2009 03:50 pm (UTC), yoko commented:
I served my mission in Houston and I had the same feeling about what to wear as a missionary that looked professional, and wouldn't kill me in the humidity!

Let us know if you find that elusive fabric! :)
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On May 29th, 2009 04:01 pm (UTC), ticklethepear replied:
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.
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On May 29th, 2009 10:17 pm (UTC), nadyezhda commented:
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.
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On May 30th, 2009 10:31 am (UTC), ticklethepear replied:
I looked at both AT and ATL and no luck this season!
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