For when it’s so hot you. just. can’t. handle it.
Sure, summertime means outdoor happy hours and sunshine-filled commutes, but the climbing temperatures also mean extra heat (and extra sweat). The challenge is finding something office-appropriate that also suits the rising mercury—especially if your office or place of employment adheres to a strict dress code. But there are ways to keep both hemlines and necklines appropriate for the workplace without overheating.
Try switching out some of your cold-weather work wardrobe staples for these bright colors and looser fits. From meetings to lunch breaks to late nights in the office, these choices are perfect for the summer’s hottest months. They’re all super stylish, too, which means they can transition from day to night in a cinch—just slip on a pair of heels or statement earrings. Both in and out of the office, these picks will have you staying (and looking) cool when things start heating up.
A Midi Dress
Swap out your signature sheath for something more heat-friendly. This light pink is perfect for summer and, thanks to the looser fit, you won’t overheat. The cutout neckline and tie in the back keep this dress feeling fresh and stylish, while the midi hem-length and covered shoulders make it appropriate for the office. Wear it to work with nude pumps and sleek metallic jewelry, and then pair it with flat sandals for weekend brunch.
To buy: For a similar product: $98; nordstrom.com.
An A-Line Skirt
Slip on this fun, flowy skirt for an easy and comfortable work outfit. The A-line cut will highlight and flatter your waist and flow away from your legs, giving your skin plenty of room to breathe. Bright red is the perfect pop of color and will liven up any basic white blouse in a snap.
To buy: $83; bananarepublic.com.
A Bell-Sleeve Blouse
On-trend statement sleeves put a new spin on a wardrobe workhorse. Pair it with anything you’d wear a basic white button-down with (a pencil skirt, tailored trousers—even denim). The crisp cotton construction will keep you cool all summer long.
To buy: $89; vincecamuto.com.
Your typical black trousers might feel a little too heavy (and boring!) for summer, so try these out as a lighter alternative. The clean lines and pleats give them a pulled-together look, while the elastic waistband means they’ll always fit just right—even after that power lunch. Pale pink pairs nicely with other summery colors like whites and pastels. Wear these with your favorite blouse and cute flats. Available in three other colors.
To buy: $145, aritzia.com.
Think of these neutral block heels as summer’s answer to winter’s black booties. They have just enough lift to feel a little dressed up, but the lower height makes them completely walk-able (perfect when you’re rushing for the train or bus). The light beige won’t feel too heavy with summer clothes, and we love the playful twist the tortoise heel offers. Perfect with your favorite summer dress or jumpsuit.
To buy: For a similar product: $160; nordstrom.com.
A Wide-Leg Jumpsuit
Keep things easy-breezy with a work-ready jumpsuit. The relaxed fit ensures breathability, while the cinched waist and fitted bodice keep this piece looking professional. The darker color also makes for an easy transition from day to night. Wear it to work with a pair of sleek flats and then add strappy heeled sandals for happy hour.
To buy: $175, net-a-porter.com.