Summer is here and professionals are trying to beat the heat by dressing cool, only to get to work to bundle up because of the blasting air conditioning. Fashionistas Renee Yacoub and Ann-Marie George, the trendsetters behind Ray-Ann’s Wardrobe in Detroit and Dearborn, share their tips for beating the summer heat in Detroit while still looking professional.

Renee Yacoub and Ann-Marie George (Courtesy of Ray-Ann’s Wardrobe)

Ray-Ann’s Wardrobe
17340 Lahser Road
Detroit MI 48124
(313) 244-4191

23716 Michigan Ave.
Dearborn MI 48124
(313) 244-4191

Ray-Ann’s Wardrobe is an upscale boutique featuring vintage apparel owned and curated by two stylish women – Renee (Ray) Yacoub and Ann-Marie (Ann) George. Stop by one of their two locations where trendsetters can find special pieces and one-of-a-kind looks. The pair has become a reliable source for all of the best fashion tips as they really know exactly what looks fantastic on women and are on-trend with their recommendations. Ray-Ann was nice enough to share their tips for staying cool in the Detroit summer heat, while still remaining professional at work.

Lightweight Fabrics

Cottons, linens and silks are the best fabrics for this time of year. These breathable fabrics will keep you cool and dry during the hot and humid months.

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Cardigans are an absolute must-have. These lightweight and cozy sweaters keep you warm at your desk from the blazing air conditioning, are easy to take off if you go outside for lunch and are a good cover-up option if your outfit is thin-strapped. Buy one or five.


Flowy and maxi dresses are a summertime staple for so many good reasons. These dresses are so comfortable and pretty. For the office, we suggest staying away from loud prints … pick solid summer colors or a subtle print. Be sure to keep it business appropriate by keeping your flowy skirt at knee length or longer. If your dress is thin strapped, wear your cardigan over it or a cute summer blazer.


Skirts are always cute and versatile for the office during the summer months. Try to balance out the length of your skirt by wearing a top that is opposite. For example, if your skirt is just above the knee, wear a long-sleeve or 3/4-sleeve blouse. If it’s a long pencil skirt or a maxi skirt, wear a cap or short sleeve. Maxi skirts are also great since they’re long and comfortable. If you feel your skirt looks too dressy for the office, opt for a messy bun or side braid to dress it down.


If your company permits an open-toe policy, wear dressy sandals, comfy wedges or flats – NO FLIP FLOPS! If that is not an option, peep-toe or closed-toe flats will work with your summertime pieces.

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After receiving a BA in Photography from Savannah College of Art & Design, Nicole Wrona began working with a diverse range of musicians. In addition, she is a freelance writer for numerous publications. Her work can be found at and