It’s time to get our summer work outfits in check ladies! Working 9-to-5 in the Summer is brutal, especially when you have to trek through the crazy heat wave. You don’t have to sacrifice comfort for style when figuring out what to wear in 90 degree weather. A summer work wardrobe simple means swapping out heavy knits for lighter fabrics that will keep you cool.
Look for fabrics like linen, cotton, chambray, rayon, silk and blends to keep you cool during the hottest months of the year. Lighter colors will also keep you cooler. The keyword is breathability. Below are three outfits for the career woman to look cool and stylish at work even when the temperature hits triple digits.
I am a huge advocate wearing light colors in the summer but you can never go wrong with a light fabric little black dress to zhuzh! up your summer work outfits. Knee length is usually best for the office but some gals who work in fashion or a casual work environment can get away with shorter looks.
THE LITTLE BLACK DRESS
THE PENCIL SKIRT
Use a deodorant that doesn’t leave any of that white residue under your armpits and you’re good to go. I love the Dove Dry Deodorant spay to keep me fresh and sweat-free all year round. Your sleeveless tank will pair very well with that pencil skirt, jeans or dress pants. Find cheaper options at Old Navy, Ann Taylor, Target and Loft. Cover up in the office when it gets cold by keeping a cardigan or a blazer at your desk. You can go from meetings to martinis in an instant.
THE SLEEVELESS TANK
THE WORK PANT
THE FIT & FLARE DRESS
Don’t forget those flats. I love my Tory Burch and Ferragamo Varina flats, which have lasted several years with good care. Kate Spade, H&M and Target have more affordable options for the babe on a budget. If you can rock the open toe, look for the Stuart Weitzman Nudist sandals or NudistSong (the shorter version) for a sophisticated look. Just make sure your toes are polished.
Finish off your look with the perfect leather tote bag that will fit everything. My Louis Vuitton Neverfull MM is my savior because it fits my Macbook Pro along with magazines, foldable flats and a plethora of other odds and ends that end up in my bag throughout the day. Look for a structured pair if you are in a stuffy corporate environment.
I love the Mansur Gavriel and Cuyanna large shoppers. Saint Laurent, Ferragamo and Christian Louboutin also make gorgeous yet understated versions for the sky’s the limit type of girl. They also work as a weekend travel bag for a beach trip during the summer.
THE LARGE TOTE BAG