Most of us can probably agree that dressing for summer isn’t super difficult. (I mean, cut-offs and T-shirts are a combo that always hits.) But when you need a ‘fit that will keep you cool in a more professional setting, things can get a lil tricky. For most work environments, denim shorts and a crop top just aren’t gonna cut it—but you don’t want to feel miserable when the temps are reaching record highs. So, um, what the heck are you supposed to wear to the office (or even a profesh Zoom meeting) during the summer?
Let’s start with what’s pretty much the best trick in the book: layering. This is key when you’re moving between 90 degree weather and 65 degree office A/C all day. Keeping a lightweight or sleeveless top on whenever you’re wearing trousers, jeans, or a skirt is definitely a must—especially if you’re gonna top it with a blazer or cardigan while indoors. And on that note, you might as well keep some sort of outerwear on-hand at your workplace if you get chilly easily. That way, you can dress for the temperature outside instead of inside (and won’t melt as soon as you leave for the day).
Of course, if you’re looking for a lil inspo, we’ve got you covered—just not too covered. From chic suiting to elevated casual looks, peep 40 seriously cute summer work outfits, below.
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A Tee and Trousers
Pleated Ankle Length Trouser
This classic combo will serve you well all season long. Just add your favorite sandals, heels, or even sneakers.
A Tank and Blazer
Wide-Strap Square Neck Tank
Toss on a lightweight blazer over a structured tank, and you’re set.
A Bow-Front Dress
Bow Modal Dress
For a lil more formal look, this bow-front dress is a great option. The short sleeves will help keep you cool all day, too!
White Jeans and a Button-Down
Veronica Beard Calisto Shirt
Dress up white jeans with a striped button-down. This one from Veronica Beard has such a cute collar moment going on.
A Bright Shirt Dress
Maeve Oversized Button-Up Shirt
Wear this button-up as a dress (depending on how short it is on you, obvi) or with trousers for a laidback look.
A Linen Mini Skirt
Linen Mini Skirt
Linen is the fabric of summer for good reason. It looks so chic and keeps you from overheating.
A Short Suit Set
Tailored Bermuda Short
Yes, you can wear shorts to the office! This suit set in the prettiest powder blue is such an easy way to do it.
A Denim Jumpsuit
Anessa Short Sleeve Jumpsuit
Sometimes it’s a little too hot for denim—but on a breezy (or rainy) day, this jumpsuit makes for a great pick.
Trousers and a Cropped Tee
Brushed Scuba Pant
Stay comfy in a pair of stretchy trousers and cropped tee this summer. Worn with fun jewelry and cute shoes, it’s ideal for a chill office look.
A Plaid Midi
Plaid Tie-Waist Midi Dress
This dress can take you from the boardroom to happy hour without a hitch.
A Silky Set
Plus Size Satin Oversized Collared Shirt
A set that feels like pajamas but looks super luxe? Sign me up.
A Two-Tone White Look
Ava Wrap Top
If you’re trying to avoid wearing black in the hottest months (I get it), opt for mixing two different shades of white for a chic vibe.
A Gingham Mini
Puff-Sleeve Waist-Defined Gingham Mini Wrap Dress
Gingham is so cute for the summer—and this mini wrap dress proves it.
A Bright Blouse
Printed Button Down
‘Tis the season to go bold! This bright button-down will pair so well with all your fave summer pants.
A Tried-and-True Combo
The Boss Shirt 2.0
It doesn’t get much better than a white button-down and jeans, people!
A Floral Dress
Velika Midi Dress
For when you’re really feeling the summer spirit, a floral dress is perf.
Wide-Leg Jeans and Loafers
Superwide-Leg Jeans in Olcott Wash: Pleated Edition
If you work in a casual office, try a pair of wide-leg jeans with a graphic tee and loafers. Don’t forget the cardi to wear if the A/C is too chilly!
A Silk Tank and Pants
Gia Silk Shell
Talk about sophistication, baby. This set is luxe, gorgeous, and cool enough to wear all summer long.
A Belted Dress
Polo Midi Dress
Add a belt to your fave midi dresses this season and call it a day. We love a simple ‘fit.
A Short-Sleeve Bodysuit
Tired of tucking in your blouses? This bodysuit is about to change your workwear game, bb.
A Tee and Mini Skirt
Short-Sleeve T-Shirt With Shoulder Pads
This T-shirt features retro shoulder pads, making it elevated enough to pair with a fun mini skirt for work.
A Pastel ‘Fit
Sam Pant Celery
This monochrome look is so cute, you’ll probably find yourself wearing it on the weekends, too.
An Oversized Dress
Oversized Shirt Dress
On days you really don’t feel like putting in effort, toss on an oversized shirt dress with your fave summer shoes.
A Pop of Color
Brights really are a great way to add some fun to your summer wardrobe—and this tee is so versatile!
An All-White Suit
Straight Suit Pants
If you’re gonna wear a full suit this summer, try it in a white hue for a sleek look that won’t have you overheating.
A Dress and Sneakers
Collared Printed Midi Dress
Pairing your go-to dress with some cute sneakers is the ideal way to dress for a chill day at the office, IMO.
A Blazer Dress
Blazer Mini Dress
Skip the layers altogether and wear a dress that’s also a blazer.
Tailored Trousers and a Tee
Bobbi Trousers Slate
Trousers and a simple T-shirt is such an easy combo that looks effortlessly cool.
A Wrap Dress
Olive Linen Wrap Dress
This wrap dress is one that’ll carry you from spring all the way to fall—so you might as well snag it now.
A Cool Shirt Dress
The Oxford Shirt Dress
This shirt dress has so many unique features, making it a standout option that doesn’t feel too over-the-top for work.
A Floral Summer Suit
Blooming Sophistication Cream Floral Print Blazer
Oh, this? Just another shorts option for you. The black and white floral print is soooo good, right?
A Skirt and Top Set
Matching Blouse With Collar
Co-ords for life, bb. This shirt and skirt duo can be worn together (obvi) or separately, giving you so many outfit options.
A Classic Black Dress
Square Neck Skater Dress – Scuba Black
The LBD will always reign, no matter the season.
A Statement Collar
Oversized Collar Blouse
Tired of the same-old button downs? Try one with a statement collar that doesn’t feel too gimmicky.
A Striped Combo
Victor Glemaud Striped Polo
Everyone at work is gonna swoon over this skirt and top combo.
An Oversized Blazer
An oversized blazer is a must-have to toss over jeans and a tank or even a flow-y maxi dress.
A Yellow Maxi
This hue just screams summer, and it’s cute enough to wear out to dinner after work, too.
A Fun Romper
x Sofia Richie Nicola Romper
Pair this romper with heels or loafers and a fun blazer while you’re at the office.
A Tie-Neck Top
Solid Tie Neck Ruched Peasant Blouse
For those who love a classic workwear vibe, allow me to introduce you to this cute tie-neck blouse that’ll go with all your pants and skirts.
An Edgy Summer Look
Shirred Bustier Maxi Dress
If you wanna add a lil edge to your work week, this maxi is calling your name.
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