June 2011

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live in style Summer Dress Code When the temperature spikes, reach for light layers in airy fabrics that keep you comfortable both in the offi ce and out on the town Like many women, Valerie Hollnagel, a paralegal at von Briesen & Roper, a law fi rm in downtown Madison, faces the same conundrum every summer: fi nding an ensemble that comfortably transitions from the muggy weather outside to the cool temps indoors. An avid bike commuter who sports a business-casual offi ce look, she reaches for light layers to create an easy-going but put-together outfi t that takes her from work to home and everywhere in between. Short sleeve cardigan by AVA, $80, cami tank by Cyrus, $48, reversible skirt by Nanny and Millie, $75, necklace, $40; Jan Byce, Hilldale, Madison. Pumps by Jessica, $60; DSW, Greenway Station, Middleton. A casual ensemble gets a professional boost when skirts or pants are worn high on the waist » Store a scarf: Keep a colorful scarf in a light fabric near your desk for a quick layer that adds style and warmth. Orange scarf by Love Quotes, $88, green scarf, $25; Jan Byce, Hilldale, Madison Brighten the work day with cheerful colors fi t for the season » It’s in the bag: Pull your look together with a stylish bag in a hue that complements your ensemble. By Tano, $225; Jan Byce, Hilldale, Madison From work wear to anywhere: When happy hour hits, swap out offi ce pumps for a pair of casual wedges. By Charles David, $60; DSW, Greenway Station, Middleton 18 BRAVA Magazine June 2011 » Photos by Shanna Wolf

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