Thursday, June 25, 2015

Summer Work Outfits

40 Summer Work Outfits


Back almost at the beginning of this blog, I did a post on Work Outfits For Every Office Setting. That post continues to be one of my most popular and most pinned, so I thought I would do another on summer work clothes!
Let's be real--it can be difficult finding work clothes in the summer that are appropriate for both the weather & the office! Heavy pantsuits feel too stifling and some of the cooler options are way too showy. Below you'll find 40 summer appropriate, office appropriate work outfits that you can take inspiration from to your own workplace. 

**I got all of these images from Pinterest, but you can find the original sources that those Pins linked to in the caption of each photo.

It's probably no surprise that a skirt is an easy way to accomplish a work appropriate summer look. But some people can take this too far-- a mini skirt or a skirt paired with a revealing top won't work for the office. Keep it suitable with a structured blazer or cardigan on top--but don't be afraid to add some fun with pattern & color!
Don't worry, there are pants later on in the post if you're not a skirt gal. :)

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You may notice a couple of these ladies appear more than once. The above two images are from J's Everyday Fashion and the three below are from Hello Gorgeous and both are awesome fashion blogs!

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If you don't want to do a blazer or cardigan, you can get away with shorter sleeves or a shell as long as you're mostly covered up top. You may notice that a couple of the ladies above have some collarbone/upper chest showing, but since their arms are covered it still works. (Straight up cleavage is never a good idea in the workplace--unless you're a fashion model or celeb!) Below, you'll notice that there are bare arms but chests are covered, or there are long sleeves with a tiny bit of collarbone. This keeps a good balance of skin-to-clothing ratio that makes these outfits still fit in a business casual environment. 

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But a girl can only have so many skirts, right? I know I would love to have room for all of the above choices in my wardrobe but the reality is that I often find pants to be a bit more versatile and still want to find a way to incorporate them into my summer outfits.  Having a few light colors is key! Wearing light colors doesn't just work for summer in a style sense, it also helps keep you cooler because they don't attract & absorb as much sunlight as dark colors. Stay cool in the summer with these light & bright options. 

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The next two are basically a high/low version of the same outfit--do the same thing at home by using all 40 of these outfits as inspiration to re-use pieces you already have in different ways! You don't always have to purchase new pieces to put together new outfits. 
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And these few outfits with soft pink/peach & white combos are so on trend this summer. Very feminine but still business like.

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Just like I mentioned above with the skirts, you can absolutely go for a sleeveless shell in the summer! The ones below stay appropriate for work by not showing off more than the office setting allows. 

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Rule of Thumb-Balance!
If you're going to show some leg in an adorable mid length skirt, then you should probably have more coverage up top. If you're wearing long pants, feel free to show off those arms. Keeping this balance keeps your boss happy & you cool & comfortable!


Check out more work outfits on my 60 Work Outfits for Every Office post
Find more great work outfit inspiration all year round at my Pinterest Work Apparel Board. 

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Jaclyn


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