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.
A white shirt is the foundation of any great work ensemble. Opt for looser sleeves and a slightly boxy fit for a relaxed take on the corporate classic.
Anchor your office look with a clean, cool, and collarless silhouette.
The satin sheen on this boxy fit adds instant polish.
Billowy blouses and puff sleeve details are playful and professional, allowing for plenty of airflow on sticky summer days.
Tuck this boardroom-ready blouse into a pair of high-waisted pants and you're ready for business.
When it comes to breezy cotton, bigger is better. Balance the look with a pencil skirt and pumps.
The flouncy sleeves, pussy-bow tie detail, and flattering silhouette make this an instant workwear winner.
Nothing beats a classic button-down, especially when paired with a high-waisted skirt and delicate jewelry.
You'll wear this one forever.
Is there anything more fun than sashaying through the summer breeze in an effortless midi skirt?
Don't be afraid of a floral print for the office. This sophisticated silk version is a no-fail option.
This skirt can go straight into morning meetings when paired with a slick black blazer.
You can never go wrong with a ruffle wrap skirt, especially when it's as affordable as this one. Wear it with block-heel sandals and a fitted top.
A pleated midi skirt is an unquestionably smart career move. Perfect for summer and the new season ahead.
A short-sleeve midi dress cinched at the waist is definitively the staple of our summer work wardrobe. Opt for an effortless yet elegant shirt or wrap dress for your easiest outfit of the season.
Just add neutral flats and modern gold earrings for a work-perfect look.
Everything from the soft blush color to the flattering silhouette and faultless length makes us want to sign on the dotted line.
Head-to-toe white is the way to go when temperatures start to rise, especially in a cooling linen fabric.
In our book, Millennial Pink is perfectly appropriate for the office.
Can you really ever have too many good shirtdresses? Mais non.
When in doubt, go for chic all black.
Cropped wide-leg pants are the easiest answer to looking sophisticated in summer. Trade black for a lighter, neutral hue.
Team these trousers with a fitted tee, a longline vest, and strappy statement sandals.
The ruffle hem takes you from desk to drinks to in style.
Stripes infuse every outfit with a nonchalant elegance. Negotiate a gentler approach to the classic print with a loose fit.
Give these silky, laid-back pants an office-worthy makeover with a sleek blazer up top.
The epitome of relaxed and smart.
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.
Opt for soft tailoring in a neutral shade.
For those of us battling the AC, a cozy cream cardigan is the perfect sartorial solution.
Elevate your relaxed work look with refined accessories in black, white, and neutral shades.
Black mules work with every ensemble.
Pack your laptop, SPF, and summer essentials in this timeless and seriously chic black leather tote.
No work outfit is complete without a standout metallic watch. (It also happens to look exquisite against a summer tan.)
Corporate settings call for closed-toe pumps. These flattering block heels in the most work-perfect shade and height are our new wardrobe staples.
An abstract statement ring provides of-the-moment polish for a flawless finishing touch.