It’s the perpetual question: How do you dress for the office in the sweltering heat while still looking perfectly put together and work appropriate? The answer is updating your look with key pieces that skillfully strike the right balance of polish and practicality. In essence, thigh-high shorts and cropped tops, you’re fired. Billowy blouses and midi dresses, you’re hired! To help navigate the tricky rules of summer workwear, we’ve rounded up 27 essential picks to keep you looking cool, professional, and stylish when the temperatures are soaring, the humidity is unrelenting, and the AC is blasting. (Yes, we know all too well what it’s like to sit under an air vent for eight hours. Hello, layers.)
Click through for office-friendly outfits to beat the heat without breaking the dress code.
Layering is essential when maneuvering from city streets to the subway to the boardroom and everywhere in between. Tackle unpredictable climates with a lightweight blazer, longline vest, or cashmere cardigan.