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.
1 Invest in A Shirtdress
2 Go For Day-to-Night Sandals
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.
3 Use A Midi Skirt As Your Starting Point
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.
4 Embrace Polka Dots
5 Go Bright Or Go Home
6 A Good Pair of White Pants is A Game changer
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.
7 Try A Matching Two-Piece Set
A coordinating two-piece set acts as the summery version of the power suit.
Mango knit top, $60, and matching trousers, $80, mango.com.
8 A White Button-Down Goes A Long Way
9 Get Creative With Layering
Layer a sleeveless dress over a relaxed white t-shirt for a casual contrast.
Madewell t-shirt, $20, shopbop.com.
10 Keep Cool in Loose Pieces
11 Upgrade Your Pencil Skirt
12 Roll Up The Sleeves Of Your Blazer
A blazer styled over an airy silhouette lends for some professionalism while still keeping cool.
Vince blazer, $495, net-a-porter.com.
13 Play With Color
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.
14 You Can Never Go Wrong With The Classics
15 Maxi Skirts Work For The Office Too
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.