How many times have you looked in your closet, trying to find the right outfit for a summer day at work that won’t be too hot and not too heavy? The answer is probably more than we would like. It’s very difficult to know what is a good summer outfit when one doesn’t know whether to wear something light, something with sleeves, or something sleeveless. We all know that the first step to a beautiful summer outfit is to choose your clothes according to the weather.
If it’s warm, then we have the choice of many different light outfits. Kate Moss recently wore a beautiful white dress and a light cardigan that she wore off her shoulders. The style icon also chose to wear nude sandals. This is a perfect idea for warm summer weather at work because it keeps us cool and comfortable, but also stylish with minimal effort. For those who really hate pants, (though we don’t know why someone would), skirts are an obvious choice for summer outfits as they will keep you cool from head-to-toe.
If it’s hot, you need to make sure you have the right kind of something to wear. When it gets really hot, we start thinking about things like long sleeves and blouses when in fact we shouldn’t. You should wear short sleeve shirts and skirts or pencil skirts because they will show off your legs just as much as a short-sleeve shirt but without showing off your arms. This is the perfect choice for women who hate showing off their arms, or if they have large biceps and think this will be an issue.
The other step for a beautiful summer office outfit is to choose the right shoes that will give you great movement and comfort on your feet during work. Sandals are the perfect solution here. There are plenty of cute sandals out there that will look great with skirts and shorts, but I also like the idea of wearing open-toe shoes such as leather ankle boots. This is a great idea for the office because it allows you to feel comfortable even though your feet would be exposed to dirt and other things that may get on your feet.
Summer is in the air, and spring has given way to the beginnings of summer. For most women, that means thinking about how to dress for a season that shifts from jeans and sweaters to sundresses and sandals. But it isn’t just the cooler temperatures that dictate fashion necessity – there are also changing social standards to consider. A professional office tends to be more relaxed than a business one, but certain outfits simply won’t work here or anywhere else besides a beach resort or tropical island.
If you want to dress for success this summer, follow these easy tips:
1. A smart office wardrobe consists of the following items:
Navy Blue Blazer
Navy blue blazer is a great option for most workplaces, and it’s a uniform item that can be worn with many different outfits. Choose an appropriate color and material to match your personality, but do not choose this item in a bright color so it doesn’t compete with your accessories. Make sure that if you wear a cardigan or cardigan-style jacket with it, you choose one that matches your color choice. Cardigans also make it easy to transition from day wear to evening wear with just a few extra touches, such as adding a matching scarf or pocket square.
Solid Color Skirts
Skirts are also office-ready, but they should always be either solid colors or simple patterns. Never combine your skirt and blazer with other patterns in the same outfit. For example, avoid wearing a skirt with an eye-catching floral pattern and then wearing a blazer that is also studded with flowers. Instead, work with a solid color or simple pattern that’s a color and material that complements the skirt.
A Proper Dress Shirt
Dress shirts should be long sleeved and come in colors that match your skin tone. It’s important to wear the right white shirt for the right occasion – avoid colors like salmon or mint that could clash with your office environment or just simply look out of place. When choosing patterns, if you have a business casual office, stick with stripes or basic plaids; this also applies to polo shirts if you are allowed to wear them at work. For professional offices, stick with solids; you can use small floral patterns for casual days and on certain blouses.
Heels are the foundation for any professional outfit. They don’t need to be high, but they should still be dressy and appropriate for an office environment. They should also match the color of your outfit – if you wear a lot of navy, try a navy or silver tone shoe. If you’re wearing a lot of black, try black or dark brown.
2. You can easily transition your outfits into evening wear with just a few extra touches:
The Right Silk Scarf
Scarves are great accessories that can instantly update any look from daytime to evening wear. They can be worn under a blazer, cardigan or jacket; Extra points for wearing them with dresses.
3. Compliment your office wardrobe with a casual summer ensemble:
The Right White Shirt
White shirts are a summer wardrobe staple and can easily be paired with any kind of outfit, from business casual to evening wear. They are comfortable, easy to pair and easy to accessorize. Choose white shirts that matches your skin tone and avoid wearing white button down shirts or button up polo-style shirts as they will look sloppy on you.
The Right Cardigan Jacket
Cardigans are very comfortable and can be worn with tons of different outfits.