Dressing for summer weather is the best: Throw on a gauzy mini dress and sandals or a cute tank and denim cut-offs and just go! But dressing for summer weather when you spend your week in an office is not so great. There’s the challenge of finding an outfit that’s work-appropriate but that won’t have you drenched in sweat the moment you step outside. Then there’s the further dilemma of an office A/C that’s invariably set at a full arctic blast. What can you wear to work in the summer that will satisfy all these seemingly incompatible style requirements? While ignoring your company’s dress code isn’t an option, that doesn’t mean you’re stuck being uncomfortable. The secret is to simplify your options and establish a few key foundational pieces you can build out into an outfit. By laying the groundwork, you’ll eliminate the guesswork. You can wear sleek trousers with a crisp button-down and pumps or a luxe tee or tank and block-heel sandals — either way, you’ll look put-together and polished. A flowy midi skirt allows for similar styling options, plus it will keep you cool and comfortable as the temperatures rise. The same can be said for knee-length shorts which you can style with an oxford shirt or as a suit with a coordinating blazer for a true power-dressing moment. Continue on for a breakdown of summer workwear essentials and outfit formulas that will make getting dressed in the mornings an effortless endeavor — come heatwave or humidity.
Alexa Chung’s T-shirt–and–white boots combination is extremely fashion girl–approved.
A flowy silk dress will keep you cool and comfortable.
With the flutter sleeves and handkerchief skirt, this dress channels all sorts of romantic vibes.
Of course, Anna Wintour has the office-appropriate look down pat.
A collared dress is always a good option for the office.
The piping on Giovanna Battaglia Engelbert’s dress makes a world of a difference.
Style a cool denim jacket over this to dress it down.
A breezy silk dress is perfect for the warm summer heat.
Want to wear that slip dress to the office? Just layer a button-down underneath and you’re good to go. Margaret Zhang makes it look so easy because it is.
We love this summery take on a classic shirtdress.