Sunny and Sophisticated: Tips for Dressing Professionally This Summer

As the temperature rises, dressing for the office can become difficult. We all want to stay cool and comfortable, but we must also maintain a professional appearance. I am here to say it’s possible to look chic and office-ready while beating the summer heat! This guide will help you navigate the ins and outs of summer business attire with stylish yet appropriate outfits. 

Kitten heels are a summer office wardrobe staple. Not only are they stylish, but they also provide the perfect balance between comfort and professionalism! The low heels offer just enough lift to lengthen your legs without compromising on comfort, making them ideal for a long day at work. Look for pairs in neutral colors like black, nude, white, or navy, or choose a fun pattern to add a bit of personality to your outfit. If heels aren’t your thing, don’t worry—plenty of stylish and comfortable options exist. Flats and mules are great options that keep you looking fashionable, professional, and comfortable without the added height. 

Accessories are your best friend when adding a touch of style to your business attire. They can instantly upgrade a simple outfit, making it look put-together and stylish. Stick to classic pieces like pearl earrings, delicate necklaces, and elegant watches and bracelets. Go for understated, simple pieces that complement your outfit without overpowering it.  

Dresses are a summer office staple! They’re easy to wear, comfortable, and can be super stylish. The key is to choose dresses made from breathable fabrics like cotton, linen, or lightweight blends. A-line dresses in solid colors or subtle patterns are perfect for a professional setting. It is important to remember that the length should be appropriate for the office—think knee-length, midi, or maxi.  

While dresses are a go-to, skirts can be just as stylish for summer office wear! Pencil skirts and A-line skirts in appropriate lengths are great options. Pair them with light, breathable blouses or tailored shirts. Avoid miniskirts or anything too tight. Remember, it’s all about maintaining a professional appearance. Yes, it’s hot, but shorts are generally inappropriate for a professional office setting. Stick to dresses and skirts that hit at, just above, or past the knee. This keeps your look classy and appropriate for any professional environment.  

Even in the summer, keeping a light layer near for chilly offices or elevating your look from day to night is a good idea. A light cardigan or a blazer made from breathable fabric can complete your outfit without causing you to overheat. Opt for light colors like white, beige, or soft pastels for a summery appearance. If you plan to head out for dinner or a night on the town after work, darker colors can add a touch of sophistication to your look. 

Figuring out summer office attire doesn’t have to be a challenge. There are ways to dress sophisticated while utilizing breathable fabric and comfortable but attractive shoes. With these tips, you’ll be ready to face the summer heat in chic and office-appropriate outfits. 

Chloe Collins is a Senior at Texas A&M and a Communications Intern at the Network of enlightened Women.



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