Finessing an office-friendly summer outfit presents a slew of challenges. For one, you’d like to avoid drowning in a pool of your own sweat while en route to your nine-to-five. On the other side of that sartorial coin, air conditioning-induced arm icicles don’t sound too appealing, either. Then there’s the small matter of sticking to HR’s guidelines when crop tops and cutoffs are ubiquitous. And fashion-forward employees have tricky trends to contend with, like tie-dye, statement earrings and neon. But depending on your work environment, there are ways to stay stylish at the office this season.
First, look for breathable fabrics like cotton, linen or silk to stay cool. Keep skirt and dress lengths to the knee and down (obvs), but embrace options with subtle ventilation in the form of slits or buttons. When it comes to footwear, sandals may work in certain professions, but slingback pumps are another practical way to expose your feet to fresh air without baring your pedicure.
If you’re feeling like planning your summer work outfits is a job itself, we’ve put together 16 outfits that will suit any field, from creative to strict conservative. All you need to do is add in your favorite structured day tote and some low-key jewelry for a polished, professional capsule collection guaranteed to beat the heat. And, hey, there’s always summer Fridays, right?