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Summer is heating up and although you wish that every day could be a beach day, the daily grind is still part of your routine. Whether you are in an office all day or on the road, dressing for success during the hot months can be a challenge. Fashion expert and blogger for TheSuccessfulStyle.com, Heidi Nazarudin, has tips and secret fashion tricks-of-the-trade when it comes to business-friendly attire all summer long.

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Heidi Nazarudin
The Successful StyleLos Angeles, CA

Heidi Nazarudin is a former businesswoman turned fashion blogger who has been the CEO of a Japanese company that traded on NASDAQ and has lived in a number of different countries before settling in Santa Monica. She is also a blogging expert and started her company Blogger Babes to provide insight to new bloggers on how to be successful online. Known for her expertise featured in Vanity Fair Style Star, Fast Company, Entrepreneur.com, Fox News and BBC News, Nazarudin shows that whether you are Wall Street formal or Silicon Beach casual, your summer wardrobe can reflect the bright, breezy days regardless of what the thermostat registers.

Cool Coat
If your office requires a blazer or a suit, look for those that are made from summer-weight fabrics such as cotton, or a light weave wool such as fresco fabric.
Lighter Fare
A rule of thumb in the summer is to wear light fabrics including cotton and silk. These fabrics absorb sweat and disperse heat away from your body easily.

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If you are sporting a blazer to work, buy one that is half-lined. If you buy off-the-shelf clothes (who doesn’t, right?), you can easily, and inexpensively, ask a tailor to alter the lining to turn a fall outfit into a summer suit.
Fresh Palette
Embrace the season and ditch the dark somber shades for lighter hues. Plus, dark colors absorb heat.
Looser Fit
Form-fitting clothes will heat up your body temperature and not allow your skin to breathe. Opt for breezier silhouettes and wear skirts, blouses or spring’s trendsetting culottes. Looser fitting clothes will help keep air circulating and prevent those dreaded sweat stains.

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Jennifer Geisman is a freelance writer and faithful beauty junkie living in Los Angeles. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.