Dressing for the office in scorching temperatures can prove to be quite the challenge. In fact, not sweating to death on your commute while not freezing to death at your desk while also not ruffling HR’s feathers should actually be an Olympic sport. To navigate the tricky rules of summer workwear, get inspired by these chic office-appropriate outfit ideas from the fashion set.
Take your look from the office to post-work drinks with the help of a sleek pair of strappy sandals that will prove to be a versatile summer essential.
Nine West sandals, $79, ninewest.com.
A midi skirt acts as the ultimate blank canvas to build an endless amount of work-ready summer outfits.
3.1 Phillip Lim skirt, $450, net-a-porter.com.
This season’s hottest print works just as well for the office as it does for the weekend. Whether topped off with kitten heels, sneakers, or sandals, a polka dot dress goes a long way.
Topshop dress, $90, topshop.com.
Liven up the office with a sunny yellow frock that brings a little sunshine to your day.
Preen by Thornton Bregazzi, $1,350, shopbop.com.
You can never go wrong in a classic black and white look—a pair of white culottes makes for ultimate summer workwear MVP.
Alice + Olivia pants, $285, aliceandolivia.com.
A coordinating two-piece set acts as the summery version of the power suit.
Mango knit top, $60, and matching trousers, $80, mango.com.
Never underestimate the power of a classic white button-down—whether it’s tucked into a skirt or in the form of a dress, the staple always feels fresh when styled right.
J.Crew button-down shirt, $80, jcrew.com
Layer a sleeveless dress over a relaxed white t-shirt for a casual contrast.
Madewell t-shirt, $20, shopbop.com.
Loose, airy fabrics—like wide-leg trousers and a flouncy blouse— allow you to keep cool during your morning commute to the office, without feeling like you’re showing too much skin.
Alice + Olivia striped pants, $350, net-a-porter.com.
Dress down a playful pencil skirt with the help of a short-sleeved tee. Elevate the look for the office with a pair of heeled mules.
MDS Stripes skirt, $445, revolve.com.
A blazer styled over an airy silhouette lends for some professionalism while still keeping cool.
Vince blazer, $495, net-a-porter.com.
Liven up a basic white button-down shirt by styling it with colorful, statement-making skirt or pants. Top off the look with a pair of classic pumps.
Staud pants, $235, net-a-porter.com.
14You Can Never Go Wrong With The Classics
Don’t count the maxi skirt out just yet—a structured pencil silhouette makes for an instantly polished look.
Yohji Yamamoto Vintage skirt, $387, farfetch.com.