I had a feeling this summer was going to be a scorcher, and so far it seems I was right – where I am, June has been muggy and the heat, oppressive. Dressing in these temps can be tricky and uncomfortable even when you’re just hanging out with your friends – add the particular perils of dressing for the office, and it feel impossible.
Luckily, you’ve got options – with the addition of a couple of key pieces, you can have a trendy and breezy summer work wardrobe that won’t have you planning a move to Alaska. These pieces make dressing in the summer easy, especially when you pair these pieces with the light and neutral accessories you probably already own.
Here are some summer work outfits for when it’s too hot to think:
A loose-fitting dress is honestly the easiest thing to throw on in the summer – no thinking about matching, or undershirts, or potentially sweaty bottoms. If you work in a more conservative office, don’t forget to add a blazer or cardigan, especially if your dress is sleeveless – I suggest a neutral color and breathable fabric for extra breeziness, like the white cotton blazer shown here.
I love the modern update on the retro neutral stripes of this dress – play up the retro-ness with a paneled cognac bag, but throw in some modern touches too, like dusty rose mules and rose-gold statement necklace. Finish the look with some soft rosy eyeshadow.
Paper Bag Waist Pants
When it’s blazing hot out, the last thing you want to wear is pants, I get it, but consider the paper bag waist that has been popping up everywhere this summer. The wide-leg, cinched waist look is both flattering and fashion-forward, and allows for much-needed air flow around your legs. Add a trendy jewel-toned color, like jade or coral, and you have a professional but fun statement piece that all you need to add to is a white blouse and minimal accessories.
For this look, I’ve paired these jade-colored paper bag waist pants with a simple sleeveless white button-up and a coral-colored work bag. A pair of neutral heels and a gold statement cuff add a polished touches, which adds a more professional air to this look. Finish with a tinted lip balm (I can’t be the only girl who loathes wearing lipstick in the heat) and a fresh, citrus-y perfume.
Ditch your pencil skirts in the summer for something a little more breathable and flowy, like a white linen a-line skirt. White and light colors are much cooler in the summer because they reflect the light, and looser, breathable fabrics ensure you won’t feel as sweaty or sticky. (There’s nothing worse than being too hot when you’re trying to give a presentation or meet a deadline!)
I’ve paired this linen skirt with a sleeveless denim blouse and a light cardigan (you know your office will be aggressively AC-ed, right?) and a pair of neutral sandals. If sandals or open-toed heels are a no-go at your office, you can always swap these out for ballet flats or low heels. A bright yellow bag adds a summer-appropriate pop of color, while gold earrings add a touch of glitz. Finish the look with a little bronzer and blush to fake a beach-worthy tan, even if you’re stuck in a sea of cubicles.
What do you think?
What do you wear to work when it’s too hot to think? Would you wear any of these looks? Let me know in the comments below!