Summer in DC = Hot and Humid
Since I didn't want my first impression having me sweating like a sinner in church, I opted for some sleeveless, shift dresses. All that can be worn with a cardi if the air conditioning is too cold or I need to cover my arms. I'm the only teacher from all of NC (and only 1 other from the whole South) at the conference, so I feel the need to not look like a redneck likely to ask loudly, "Reckon them judges wear anything under them fancy black robes" among the other 25 teachers.
Up first, from Talbots, channeling a little Jackie O with a pearl necklace and earrings. I wore flats to school but am all over pairing this dress with those awesome 5 inch patent leather wedges from two summers ago. Likely not at the Court, but for a dinner out, oh yes.
Paired with a cropped, magenta jacket gives my normal love of black and white gets a punch of color.
From Kohls on a super sale, as like they almost paid me to take it out of the store good, this navy shift. The colors are muted and look like a Impressionist painting. It also packs to the size of a sandwich bag making it a big score for travel this summer. I wore my favorite Kazuri bead set from Kenya that are pewter in color.
I also bought super lightweight linen pants and geometric shirt also from Talbots. I don't normally shop Talbots, thinking they look matronly and for the over 50 crowd. I'm going to give them a 2nd look this fall, as the items I've bought are some of my favorites for the season.