A reporter was recently barred from the lobby because she was wearing a sleeveless dress, an apparent violation of the congressional dress code. One report suggested she tried to create sleeves with paper from her reporter's notebook.
Figuring out what to wear in the office when it's piping hot outside can be a challenge, but it doesn't have to be.
It's usually best to keep your frock lightweight, but most of all appropriate. You'll want to steer clear of too much cleavage and strapless dresses.
A top and skirt-set is the perfect pulled-together look for a hot day.
In addition, a jersey t-shirt, paired with a skirt, is comfy yet polished.
The Weekly Standard reporter who was banned from the speakers lobby, Jenna Lifhits, might have wanted to add a sweater to cover up, making it more appropriate for the halls of Congress.
It is also not just Washington where the office sleeveless dresses are not allowed, as many houses of worship across the globe bar women from exposing their shoulders.