With summer just around the corner, many of us are updating our wardrobe with the latest summer work clothes. This can be a challenging task as we struggle to find items that are cool enough for the summer but also offer enough coverage to make them work appropriate. However, although this task might be a difficult one, it is not impossible. Read on for some great options for summer work clothes that will keep you feeling cool and looking great.
Before you begin considering your summer wardrobe, its important to think about your office dress codes. Some offices are stricter than others, requiring only the most formal of office attire, while some allow for more casual looks. Keeping that in mind, here are some suggestions that will work well in most offices.
Fabrics: Before talking style, let’s talk fabrics. Because you will be wearing clothing that offers a bit more coverage, its best to opt for the lightweight fabrics. Great fabrics for the summer include:
- Cotton: Cotton will always help you stay cool and chic.
- Linen: This lightweight fabric can help you keep cool.
- Rayon: Rayon is always light and comfy.
- Silk: This luxury fabric is always soft and cool to the touch.
- Georgette: Similar to chiffon, georgette is sheer and airy.
- Jersey: Blended, lightweight and stretchy, a jersey dress can be cool, sexy and professional in the summer.
- Chambray: This fabric is like an imitation denim…but it’s a lot lighter in weight!
- Seersucker: This is a woven type of common that is guaranteed to keep you cool.
Tops: There are many tops that can make for great summer office looks, but if you suffer from the heat like I do, your best option will be a sleeveless blouse. These blouses button up the front and have a sleeve that ends at the top of the shoulder. They are often light weight and can come in a variety of summery colors ranging from bold to pastel to neutral as well as a variety of prints. The tops are professional and guaranteed to keep you cool on a hot summer day.
Both, tee shirts and blouses can work as the foundation of your outfit, pairing well with skirts, lightweight pants and even shorts.
Shorts: That’s right, we said shorts! Not all offices will allow you to wear shorts, but if you are lucky enough to work in one that does, this can be a great professional choice. Of course, you don’t want to wear Daisy Dukes or any shorts that are too revealing, but ones that hit anywhere from mid thigh to knee length should be fine.
And knee length shorts don’t have to be those clunky, khaki Bermudas your grandparents wear. You can get great styles in pinstripes, florals, solids and more.
Skirts: When it comes to summer work clothes, a skirt can be a great choice. When thinking of lengths and styles of skirts, there is a variety to choose from. To stay work appropriate, you can choose from mid calf skirts to a few inches above the knee. Midi skirts are ideal while pencil skirts can also make a professional office look. If you opt for a pencil skirt, go for one that is lightweight and not too clingy.
Pants: While pants can be too much to bear in the heat of a summer day for some, others can find them a great option. In fact, a wide legged pair in a light color and material will not only be a cool option, it will provide much needed protection from the sun. Pants can look stylish in the office when paired with a tee shirt, blouse or button front sleeveless.
Dresses: A dress can be another great option when talking about the summer work clothes. However, it is important to avoid extremely short dresses. Avoid wearing anything that would be considered an all out sundress. If opting for a sleeveless style, straps should be wider and necklines a bit higher. In most offices, lengths can range from a few inches above the knee to mid calf. Dresses can be worn in a variety of colors and prints and brights, pastels neutrals and florals will suit the season perfectly.
Shoes: Most of the body’s heat is stored in the feet and ankles and wearing an open toe shoe can be a great way to stay cool, no matter what you are wearing. Sandals can be flat or high heeled and most styles will come off as chic and professional, complementing your summer work look perfectly. To avoid looking too casual, stay away from thongs, jellies or anything else that makes it seem as if your are dressing for a day at the beach.
Undies: Because you are more likely to wear shirts that don’t offer a lot of coverage in the upper arm area, it is important to wear a bra that does not show from under your work clothes. This can give off an unprofessional vibe no matter where you are working. To ensure this doesn’t happen, opt for a strapless bra or one with clear straps that won’t be as noticeable.
Buying summer work clothes is necessary for those who want to stay cool and look professional. However, buying a new wardrobe for the season can also be expensive. Try checking out online stores, they normally get new stocks of wholesale clothing each season, so you will probably be able to find exactly what you are looking for.
It can be hard to find summer work clothes that will work to keep you cool while helping you maintain a professional appearance. However, by following these guidelines, you should be able to get together a wardrobe that works for you and your office.