Say goodbye to the old pantsuit and jacket routine because summer is here to stay. No amount of deodorant and eau de cologne will prevent you from sweating buckets in your usual suit attire.
Office appropriate attire in the summer can be easy, breezy, and beautiful without being too casual on Fridays (or any day of the week). By stocking up on these summer fashion essentials, transitioning into a new summer office wardrobe is no sweat:
1. All White Everything
Whitewash away your old notions of wearing a monochromatic outfit. The all-white trend is clean, crisp, and easily accessible to the working woman. Match together a smart pair of white trousers and a white Oxford shirt, along with a sassier sandal heel, and you’ll be ready for a Mediterranean getaway by lunchtime.
Half business and half party, the shirtdress is the perfect alternative to the regular button-up blouse and skirt routine. Usually made out of breathable fabric, it is formal enough for the office, but comfortable enough for an eight-hour summer workday.
3. The LGD (Little Grey Dress)
The LGD, the quieter cousin of the Little Black Dress, is a summer essential for the businesswoman who wants to wear a formidable outfit in the boardroom without having a makeup meltdown in the parking lot. Pair your LGD with bright heels for a pop of color.
4. Cardigans, cardigans, cardigans
In more conservative offices, cardigans are the solution to the summer heat and sleeveless rule. From pastels to florals, Gap to J. Crew, you can’t really have too many cardigans (no matter what your boyfriend says). As the ultimate closet staple, cardigans can be a statement piece in fun prints or a complement a dramatic necklace.
How do you like to balance chic and office-appropriate in the summer? Tell us in the comments!
Ask Levo Mentor Annie Greenberg, New York Editor for Refinery29, her summer office wardrobe staples!
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