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Stephanie Hayes, Katie Sanders, Kameel Stanley, & Keyonna Summers

Armpits in the office: Is sleeveless cool?

Let's talk about armpits!

Ok, the three of you who are still here, let's talk about armpits! It's eight billion degrees outside, but we still have to go to work. What to wear? On a five minute walk to the bank today in a cardigan, I felt like Jabba the Hut.

I work in a fairly casual environment and I'm not a conservative dresser, but I still have weirdness with underarm exposure at work. It just seems so... personal. If a guy came to the office in a sleeveless shirt, we'd vomit into our chai lattes and tell him to go back to Wrestlemania. But women, perhaps for our level of general hairlessness, get a pass. And these days, I see lots of lovely women sporting sleeveless blouses that are totally appropriate. I'm coming around.

I'm not suggesting tiny tank tops. Bra straps should remain a mystery during the budget meeting. There's a happy land between Cancun weekend and dress rehearsal for Nunsense.

Lorin top 

I like this knit top from Gianni Bini, $38 at Dillards, because the little flutter caps offer a bit of coverage without the restrictive, hot fabric.


This pretty top, $34.95 from New York and Company, looks expensive thanks to the floral print and the fabric. Paired with tailored slacks, I think this flies in the right office.

Ruffle front   

Our headless friend here sports a ruffle top, $24.99 from Gap. Dark colors help make summer clothes more sophisticated. And this would look great with jeans for the weekend. Now if only she had a scalp.

Torrid top   

This top, $44 from Torrid, nails it. The fabric, the shape, the belting, the flutter. She looks ready to make some heads roll all while still staying refreshingly cool. Applause.

Deal Diva Stephanie

Photos: Dillards, New York and Company, Gap, Torrid

[Last modified: Thursday, July 8, 2010 2:13pm]


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