Clothes you’d wear during summer aren’t necessarily work-appropriate. To keep you cool and fashionable, we go over summer workwear do’s and don’ts, along with some tips on how to plan a cute summer work outfit that’s still office-appropriate.
Planning Work Outfits For Summer
As the temperature rises, the clothes get shorter, a fact that makes us ask, “What the heck do we wear for work in this sweltering heat?” Tank tops and shorts are a big no-no, obviously, so if you’ve asked yourself that same question, we’ve got your answer with these tips, do’s and don’ts.
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Summer Workwear Pieces
These are the hottest summer workwear pieces to add to your wardrobe this season, according to Harper’s Bazaar.
Linen and silk are the perfect fabrics for summer as they’re light and breathable. Swap out your tweed blazer with a linen one in either white, off-white or beige.
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Shirt dresses are great because they’re versatile and can transition easily from summer to fall. They also look super chic when worn with sandals or a floppy sun hat.
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Office to Beach Tote
Totes like the one below are perfect for summer as they’re large enough to carry all of your summer essentials, yet still look professional enough to belong at the workplace. When sporting totes, be sure to stick to light colors like white or beige. It is summer!
image via Harper’s Bazaar
The Cropped Trouser
Cropped trousers in materials like linen or cotton are great and look super chic. Audrey Hepburn, Anna Karina and other fashion icons loved their cropped trousers, so you better believe we’re sporting them this summer.
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The Stacked Heel Sandal
When it comes to summer shoes, stilettos can be a bit stifling and restrictive. Opt for some nice sandals instead, like these.
image via Urban Outfitters
- Keep your feet professional. Wear sandals, heels, ballerina or patent flats.
- Wear some color. Add a pop of color to your outfit with a statement necklace, shoes, cardigan, or skirt.
- Go sleeveless. Uniqlo has an amazing selection of silk and linen sleeveless, button-down shirts that are appropriate for work and made for summer. While they come in a variety of colors, our favorites are the classics, like white and black.
- Keep your colors light. It’s summer, so opt for pastels, nudes or whites, as lighter colors will keep you cooler throughout the day.
- Wear fabrics like linen, cotton, silk, hemp, rayon, chambray, jersey, or georgette.
- Keep it comfortable. Whatever you wear should be a reflection of who you are, rather than what the latest trends are. The more comfortable you feel in your clothes, the better they’ll look on you.
- Don’t go overboard with colors or prints. While a pop of color is nice, don’t layer bright colors and patterns as your outfit will look mismatched and juvenile.
- No spaghetti straps. Go sleeveless, but don’t get nuts!
- Avoid fabrics like nylon, polyester, wool, fleece, and flannel.
- Avoid dark colors like black, grey, etc.
- NEVER wear flip-flops to work. Just NEVER.
- Transform your summer dresses into work-appropriate ones by layering them with a cardigan and statement necklace.
- White dresses are always a great choice for summer. They’re classic, feminine and perfect for picnics!
- Keep it simple. Fashion icons like Audrey Hepburn and Coco Chanel always kept it simple with classic patterns and neutral colors.
Stay cool and office-appropriate with these tips for summer work outfits!
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