How To Dress For Work In The Summer

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Office clothes and hot weather doesn’t sound like the greatest combo out there. Constricting trousers and pencil skirts in thicker fabrics are probably the last thing you want to wear during the summer months, so don’t! Update your summer work wardrobe by choosing your fabrics wiseley, and you’ll be cool and comfortable all day long

Short sleeves

This is a no brainer. Swap out your long sleeve blouses, button-ups, and dresses for short sleeved versions. If you’re allowed to go sleeveless, even better!

Lightweight bottoms

Stow away the wool blends until next winter. Instead, look for skirts and trousers in lightweight summer fabrics that are still very much appropriate for the office, like crepe, silk, or high quality synthetics.

Loose silhouettes

Go for wide-leg trousers instead of cigarette fit. A-line skirts instead of pencil. Anything that won’t stick to the skin so much.

Cotton/silk blazers

If your office has air conditioning, get a nice lightweight summer blazer to cover up. It’ll fit in with the rest of your lightweight outfit and won’t be annoying to carry around if you love getting coffee before work or have plans for the evening.

Easy dresses

Find a nice sheath or elegant wrap dress that will give you a nice amount of movement and won’t cling to your body.

Seasonal colors

Look seasonally appropriate by sticking to lighter colors. Go for whites, creams, and pastels instead of black and grey. Or go bold with red and royal blue. You can also add a fun print into the mix to spice things up.

Open(er) shoes

Sandals probably aren’t part of your dress code (unless you can get away with wearing an elegant version with a heel), but you can let your feet breathe a little more by choosing shoe styles that are more open. Perhaps you can expose your heels with some classy slingbacks, let the sides of your feet breathe with d’Orsay or t-strap styles, or show off your pedicure with peep-toes. If you have a more relaxed dress code, find a nice pair of open back flats or loafers.

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