How to Look Chic at Work All Summer Long With Only 8 Pieces

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For all of us non-morning people, making decisions before we have coffee in our hand is a bad idea, which means getting dressed for work should be as simple as possible. Let’s just say that print mixing is tough to tackle first thing. So now that summer is in full swing, we think it’s high time to consider paring things down to the bare necessities: a summer work capsule wardrobe that will help you get dressed stress-free.

We’ve rounded up eight essential pieces so that you can spend less last-minute time and energy tearing through your closet trying to figure out what works. Each piece will keep you cool through the season’s sweltering temps without ever risking a dress code violation (not to worry, HR). Now you’ll rock it at the office stress- and sweat-free.

Read on for our breakdown and to shop our picks for each category!

Flat Sandals

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Flat sandals are the ideal choice on days when you’re looking for something comfortable.

Midi Skirt

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Choose a midi skirt in a fun print or pattern to add a little extra wow factor to your look.

Lightweight Button-Down

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If you’ve gotta rock a button-down to the office, make sure it’s one made of a breathable fabric like poplin. That way you’ll keep cool no matter what happens.

Midi or Maxi Dress

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Of course, the ultimate summer staple is a loose but still polished midi dress. Look for anything that won’t hug you too tight and isn’t made of heat-trapping fabrics like nylon.

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A short-sleeve top is crucial when it comes to avoiding a sweaty afternoon at the computer. Since tank tops don’t always fly, try something with a cap sleeve or one that hits mid-bicep.

Wide-Leg Pants

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Not all trousers are created equal. During summer, look for a pair that is lightweight and breezy, and you’ll feel totally comfortable.

Relaxed Blazer

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A slouchy white blazer looks professional without feeling too stuffy. Layer it over a dress or simple top and trousers to cover up without overheating.

Block-Heeled Sandal

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Heeled sandals offer a stylish twist on office footwear without pinching your feet. 

Available in sizes 4.5 to 11.5.

Now you’re all set for work.