On days when it’s all you can do to keep from melting away, it’s tempting to wear clothes to the office that you’d usually only consider wearing on the beach. It’s a struggle to put together outfits that are both summer and work appropriate, but don’t despair! Here are a few outfit ideas that will keep you looking professional on even the hottest summer days.
If you have a favorite pair of comfortable, breathable pants to wear in the summer, wear them again and again! Keep an arsenal of sleeveless tops on hand in lightweight fabrics to mix up your outfits, and no one will know you’re wearing the same bottoms on repeat.
Whether it’s a button front skirt, high waisted dark wash, or your favorite white skinnies, tailored denim is very in and it’s perfect for the office.
Joggers are big right now in any context, so why not try and incorporate them into a professional outfit? Style them with heels and a structured top to keep the ensemble work appropriate.
A shirtdress is a classic favorite that’s always professional and heat-friendly, and as a bonus: it looks great with any shoe!
Shorts are a tricky piece of clothing to wear in a professional setting, so they have to be carefully styled. Be sure to choose a pair with a long inseam and dress them up by pairing them with classic professional silhouettes and heels.
Say it with me: “AIR FLOW”. For days when you feel like putting on pants will make you die a little inside, reach for a midi skirt! It will give you more freedom of movement than a pencil skirt and will keep you looking professional and feeling fresh.
This pant/skirt hybrid is an obvious choice for a hot day. Wear them high on your waist and pair with heels for the illusion of mile-long legs!
After you’ve identified these summer-friendly silhouettes, check your tags! During the hottest part of the year, try to choose fabrics that are breathable and lightweight - the majority of widely available mass-produced clothing is made of synthetic materials that trap in sweat and will have you feeling sticky and miserable. Get clothing made of cotton or linen - the natural fibers will breathe to keep you cool.
Enjoy your workdays and your summer nights!