Though you wish you could spend every summer’s day at the beach, chances are you’ve got to clock in at your 9-to-5—no matter how glorious the weather! But just how do you stay cool while looking polished enough for that promotion? Don’t sweat: we’ve rounded up 20 stylish essentials—think: lightweight fabrics, splashy hues, and relaxed silhouettes—to help you beat the heat at the office.
Shop 20 Pieces To Shape Your Summer Work Wardrobe
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Click through our slideshow to shop everything you need for your work wardrobe this summer.
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Embrace tailored silhouettes in punchy, summery hues, such as Zara’s Cropped Jacquard Pattern Trousers ($60) in Raspberry.
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Avoid heavy wool dresses, which tend to be heat traps, and choose one in breathable cotton like Theory’s Geniada Stretch Cotton Dress ($295) in White.
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Florals are always a summer-appropriate print. Try J.Crew’s Neon Floral Jacquard Skirt ($358) in Day Glo Green with a lightweight sweater.
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A fluid button-down keeps you cool, and we like the red accents on Sea’s Colour-Block Silk Blouse ($377) in Navy Blue.
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The low heels on Loeffler Randall’s Tamsin Classic Pumps ($375) in Black/Jade Printed Water Snake are easy on your feet.
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Treat Madewell’s Tux Vest ($138) in Pearl Ivory like you would a blazer, and layer it over everything from tissue-thin sweaters to crisp button-downs.
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Need to add a touch of edge to your workwear? Show off Derek Lam’s Meryl Leather Wedge Ankle Boots ($875) in Black with cropped trousers.
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Kate Spade New York’s color-blocked Rosina Dress ($448) in Baja Rose/Light Crocus/Maraschino is an easy get-up-and-go outfit for the office.
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Experiment with a cool clash by teaming Equipment’s Reagan Striped Blouse ($158) in Venice Stripe Print with a floral pencil skirt.
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Incorporate shorts into your workwear by styling them with a tucked-in blouse and pointy-toe shoes. Reiss’ Rosie Geo Print Silk Shorts ($180) in Grey do the trick!
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Two reasons why T by Alexander Wang’s Boxy Blazer ($326) in Black and Fiji is a must? The jacket’s unlined, so it’s not too heavy, and its boxy fit gives you some breathing room.
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If you subscribe to the “glasses make you look smarter” theory, slip on Steven Alan’s Malcolm Opticals ($195) in Dark Tortoise for a librarian chic look.
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Reece Hudson’s stylish Siren Lady Bag ($825) in White + Black is no briefcase, but its multiple compartments hold all your work essentials.
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Keep a light layer on hand to wear in your air-conditioned office, like Maison Scotch’s Boucle Blazer ($314) in Blue.
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Joseph’s Washed Silk Wide Leg Trousers ($595) in Off White Washed Silk smack of laid-back sophistication. Balance the pants’ voluminous proportions with a fitted top.
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Gianvito Rossi’s Ankle Strap Sandals ($269) in Lemon brighten your ensemble--and they transition easily to after-hours cocktails.
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Complement the ladylike vibe of Alice by Alice Temperley’s Kyoto Pleated Crepe Dress ($495) in Emerald Crepe with a gold accents.
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Create a figure-flattering silhouette by pairing Diane Von Furstenberg’s high-waisted Flote Intarsia Stretch-Knit Mini Skirt ($275) with a tucked-in silky shell.
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You need a bag that means business. Coach’s Legacy Haley Satchel With Strap In Leather ($398) in Brass/Cognac is stylish and ultra-professional.
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Opt for simple, unfussy jewelry to accessorize your look. We suggest Ann Taylor’s Delicate Pave Link Long Necklace ($48) in Gold.