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What to wear to the office this summer

Tips for summer office style

Those of us who live in the Phoenix valley are experts at dressing for summer weather since we do it almost nine months out of the year.

Trying to look professional when it’s 115 degrees outside is, ahem, a challenge.

What makes it even more tricky is that when the temperature is in the triple digits outside, it’s often 65 degrees INside!

Hot, cold, hot, cold, hot cold.

What’s a girl to do?? 

{be sure to check out my post about Hot Summer Trends To Try, too}

Dress in layers

Wear a pretty skirt and blouse in your office but take your cardigan or blazer to your lunch meeting. Just be sure the blouse can be worn on its own. No spaghetti straps or visible bra straps, please. 

Floral skirts are fun, especially with a bright cardigan.

Summer office style! Wear a floral skirt and a cardigan. tabithadumas.com
Source is the fabulous Putting Me Together

The jacket adds structure to a feminine ensemble.

Summer office style! Dress in layers and lots of other great tips. From tabithadumas.com image consultant
Via Pink Sole


Wear simple pieces but dress them up with accessories. Collars and pockets–the very details that make you look polished and put-together–often make you feel hotter. Look tailored and professional by wearing interesting jewelry or shoes.

Summer office style! Accessorize! tabithadumas.com image consultant
Via the delightful Jeans & a Teacup
In the summer, treat jewelry as your “completer pieces” (instead of a jacket or cardigan).

Check out this post from puttingmetogether.com for ideas on how to remix pieces in the summer.

Wear lighter colors

When it comes to your basics, switch from black and brown to gray, navy and white. Bring out your cream and beige pieces and your brights and pastels.

Summer office style--wear lighter fabrics like linen and cambray. tabithadumas.com image consultant
Via Be Daze Live
Summer office style--wear lighter colors. tabithadumas.com image consultant
Via The Limited

Colored pants are a fun trend to try in summer, too. Pair them with white or black to keep them from looking too sweet.

Summer office style--try colored pants with a white blouse and black blazer. tabithadumas.com image consultant
Via Rachel Roy

Wear lighter fabrics

If you normally wear heavy wool and polyester blend pieces, try cotton blends and linen. Think light and breathable. Chambray and denim are also great options for summer office style.

Summer office style--wear lighter fabrics like linen and cambray. tabithadumas.com image consultant

Trade heels for sandals

Sandals have come a long way! Wedges are hot this summer. They look professional while giving your feet a chance to breathe. These ankle strap sandals are cute and versatile, too. 

Summer office style tips. Trade your normal heels for sandals. tabithadumas.com image consultant
Via Memorandum

Try skirts and dresses

I call it “built in air conditioning.”

Skirts and dresses are wonderful for summer and are much less restricting than pants. Even just adding a gray or white skirt to your wardrobe can give you many fun new options for what to wear to the office.

A classic shift in a fun color is a great choice.

Summer office style tips! Wear a shift dress in a fun color. from tabithadumas.com
Via Sequins and Things

These patterned, stretchy pencil skirts are so fun to wear. You can pair it with a blazer for work and a tee for the weekend.

Summer office style--try a patterned pencil skirt with a blazer. tabithadumas.com image consultant
Via Brit.co

Or…if you’re not into skirt and dresses…dress up some palazzo pants! Cool and comfy.

Summer office style! Dress up a pair of palazzo pants! More tips from tabithadumas.com

Try all white

White head to toe can be chic AND cool when it’s sophisticated and not too vacaction-y. Add some texture and interest and you’re office ready.

Summer office style! Try an all white outfit, just add some texture. tabithadumas.com

Aaaahhh. I feel cooler already.

Don’t miss my Hot Summer Trends To Try post!

If you want more summer style inspiration…

follow my Summer Fun Pinterest board.

I hope you liked these ideas for summer office style! What are your favorite looks?

What to wear to the office this summer. Professional and entrepreneur style from tabithadumas.com

What to wear to the office this summer. Be cool, comfortable and look fabulous! tabithadumas.com professional and entrepreneur style

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About Tabitha Dumas

Seeing women showing UP to their life authentically and confidently--THAT is what excites me. I am a strategist, bringer of the fun, trail blazer and agent of encouragement offering creative and effective strategies to help women elevate their image and expand their influence. I'm also a magazine junkie, dedicated wife, fun-loving mama, bargain shopper and story teller trying to use my powers for good in this crazy world. I love my life!
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4 thoughts on “What to wear to the office this summer

  1. I agree, even though it is toasty outside it is always cold inside the office. I do dress in layers in the summer, it makes it easy to get along with the changing temps from the inside and outside. Cute outfits, they are very office appropriate without being boring. Thanks for the work outfit inspiration, I am always looking for new ideas!

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