Become a pro at cool-girl dressing
There’s no timeout when it comes to dressing well to work even in the summer. But how do you balance surviving the heat while still looking office-appropriate? It’s tempting to wear your sandals but it’s quite a no-no for a big business meeting. Your blazers are great when the office AC is turned way up, but it won’t get you far when you need to step out for lunch.
But there is a way to make a summer outfit office-ready. All you need are some wardrobe upgrades and a little shopping savvy.
1. Shorter Hemlines
This season, skirts are your best friend. Go as short as the office allows. Also, take note of choosing short skirts in solid colors or work-themed patterns so that you can easily pair them off with your office staples, like the Hanna Skirt from Una Rosa.
2. Dressed-Up Tee
A tee is never just a tee when you add some oomph to it. Comfy and easy to wear, it won’t look so casual if there are some interesting details to it. An example is H&M’s top with pleats.
3. Shirt Dresses
Shirt dresses go well with almost anything: flats, heels, or sneakers. They can be dressed up with a blazer or a few accessories. Choose one in a muted color or pattern so you’re comfortable but still ready for business. Our pick is Zara’s Ribbed Shirt Dress.
4. Denim Duty
Who can go wrong with denim? In a dark wash, denim jeans go well with a white top and black loafers. Office cool, yes? A favorite would be the Inficool Molly jeans from Wrangler.
5. Breathable Blacks
Black will never fail you in the office. But how can you make it summer-ready? Easy, just choose a piece in a breathable fabric or one with strategic cuts like Plains & Prints’ Breth blouse.
6. Lightweight Maxis
Maxi skirts are easy to run in, will keep you covered, but also cool in the office. You can use it on casual Fridays but also for that power lunch meeting with the right shoes. One pick you should consider is the Mango Striped Asymmetrical Skirt.