Warm Weather Work Wear [CC Lookbook]
Finding outfits that look professional but can still beat the summer heat can seem like a daunting task. Who really wants to think about what they’re wearing when the temperature starts rising? All I really want to do is pull on a bikini and head to the beach. But alas, that isn’t always possible (Summer Fridays go a long way, though!) Instead, us working girls need to keep on keeping on. And I’m going to show you how to look cute in the process.
Keep It Professional
No plunging necklines, no skirts that fall higher than three inches above the knee, and no tight clothing. Basically, nothing you would even consider wearing to a night club. If your office is super conservative, and you’re wearing a sleeveless shirt or dress, consider topping the outfit with a blazer or cardigan to cover your arms.
Get Creative With Stuffy Style
Even if your office is all business suits and blazers, you can still have fun with your style. Try a statement necklace or a bold scarf to brighten up the white, black, and grey. If you’re feeling daring, a shift dress in a bold hue will definitely do the trick.
To Wear Shorts or Not to Wear Shorts
It really comes down to your office dress code. In some offices the idea of shorts is unheard of. In my office, there’s a handful of people wearing shorts every single summer day. Feel out the office environment and if it seems appropriate, go for it. But make sure to keep it professional. Daisy dukes? They are never appropriate. Instead, go for loose fitting dress shorts that skim your body rather than cling to it. Also, make sure you wear a long sleeved top to balance out your bare legs.
Tips and Tricks
Always keep a cardigan in your office, because even though it’s 90 degrees outside, it may just be 40 degrees in your office thanks to that air conditioning. Keep a pair of flats in your desk drawer in case your shoes break or you just don’t feel like wearing those heels home. And always, always, always have extra safety pins and a hair tie or two.
I’ve put together a few outfits that vary in trendiness, professionalism, and style. Which style works best for you? Would you wear any of them to the office? Leave a comment and let us know.
Jenn is a communications grad student and a social media fanatic who spends her free time reading, writing, watching too much tv and shopping for shoes she can’t afford. At least that’s what her Twitter bio says. Follow her @jenninzetta
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