In the high heat of summer, the only appealing thing to wear can be a bathing suit. Unfortunately, swim attire will not fly in the office. Though you can’t wear what you would wear to the beach to work, you do not have to spend the summer sweating in a stuffy pantsuit. Instead, there are plenty of heat-and-office-friendly ensembles that you can wear. Can’t find a balance between a swimsuit and a stiff blazer? Check out some of OFFSITE’s ideas for work outfits for summer.
If you want to be cool at work but don’t want to sacrifice your style by wearing minimal, one-dimensional outfits, lightweight layers are your best friend. Look for airy cardigans or soft kimonos. These are super versatile because they can be worn over both dresses and tops with pants. Summer cardigans and kimonos come in a vast array of colors, patterns, and price ranges. Looking for some inspiration to begin your search? Check out this floral piece from Nordstrom or this simple, affordable, and versatile kimono from Amazon.
Be Mindful of Materials
When buying work clothes, most people focus on what visually appeals to them and what is comfortable. However in the summer, it is essential to take the material of your work clothes into account to help you beat the heat. Look for items made of linen, cotton, and seersucker. These fabrics are extremely breathable and won’t trap in heat. You can see a more comprehensive list of the best fabrics for summer here.
Wear Open-Toed Shoes
While a pair of pumps can complete a dress and some nice chukkas are the perfect compliment to a pair of business slacks, one of the best, most effective ways to cool down in the heat is wearing open-toed shoes. Without thick and heavy socks and being enclosed, your feet have the ability to breathe and be ventilated. When your feet are cool, it is much more likely for your body to be cool as well. Contrary to popular belief, you don’t have to sacrifice professionalism for open-toed shoes. Tasteful, heeled sandals like these will have you both looking and feeling cool.
When you try one of OFFSITE’s work outfits for summer, keeping cool in the office doesn’t mean you can’t bring the heat style-wise.