The Art of Dressing Professionally In Summer

Summer weather is highly coveted all year long, especially after long winters, and most of us cannot wait to wear the fewest amount of layers that is both possible and socially acceptable. While summer street style can reflect crop tops and mini-skirts, these looks are not welcomed in the corporate world. But the work days do not pause in the summer, so we must adjust to the weather, and create looks that keep us looking cool and professional at the same time. We at Cliché understand the dilemma that you are in, and we are here to give you the top three tips and advice to stay on track all summer long.

Keep it Long & Loose

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Photo Courtesy of H&M, Trenchcoat $59.99.

When we think of heat and humidity, it makes sense that we would avoid pants at all costs. But the crucial aspect of our clothing choices that we should pay close attention to is the fabric. Light fabrics such as cotton, bamboo, and sometimes jersey are ones to purchase for your summer wardrobe staples. Pieces that are not clingy, like maxi dresses and skirts are ideal for staying cool. Avoid tight bandage skirts and high necklines; a light blouse and oversized blazer would fare better in the heat. Looks like this long vest over slacks, and loose maxis belted are ones to replicate.
Photo courtesy of Urban Outfitters.

Photo courtesy of Urban Outfitters, Jumpsuit $69.

Tastefully Show Some Leg

Photo courtesy of H&M.

Photo courtesy of H&M, Jacket, $39.99.

While long, loose layers should be the go-to, especially for those working in more corporate or traditional environments, showing some leg is not completely forbidden. A great rule that has worked for me countless times, is when one body part is more visible, counter that with covering another. The look featured by H&M is a perfect example of this. Even though she is wearing shorts, she is wearing a blazer creating a more streamlined and professional look. Longer shorts with flats and a blazer is definitely appropriate for the workplace in summer. Another easy summer look is sleeveless dresses, right above the knee. Bring a cardigan to throw on in the office and voila.  
Photo Courtesy of Forever 21.

Photo Courtesy of Forever 21, Dress, $19.90.

Bright Colors

Photo Courtesy of Zara.

Photo Courtesy of Zara, Skirt, $49.99.

A pop of color is welcome all year long, but in the summer there is way more flexibility, leaving the gray, navy, and black staples behind. This pencil skirt featured in Zara, in bright yellow, is the perfect play on the fall and winter professional look. And if you are hesitant to add color in your wardrobe, partner it with more muted colors like white and nude, the professional colors of summer. But as long as the fit is right, let the color speak for itself.
Photo Courtesy of Express.

Photo Courtesy of Express, Dress, $69.90.

Though it is always dependent on your work environment and culture, there is more flexibility for summer professional work attire than you would imagine. Don’t be afraid to add in color as much as possible, and if you ever are unsure, as long as it is knee length and modest, throw a blazer on it. And the great part about summer professional looks is they often transition nicely to post-work events. Here’s to staying cool and chic all summer long, both in and out of the office.
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Featured image courtesy of Express

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