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How to Dress for the Office During the Summer Months

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Have you ever been stumped by your seasonal work wardrobe?
There are three mistakes people often make when it comes to building their summer wardrobe:

1. People often confuse a summer wardrobe with a “casual wardrobe”.
Lightweight summer work outfits should not inherently feel less “dressed-up”.
If you find that your wardrobe feels too sloppy, unstructured or underdressed during summer, YOU’RE DOING IT WRONG!
Utilizing lightweight top layers, grounding your outfit with light-colored leather accessories and bringing structure back into your outfit with fabrics like poplin are all great ways to polish your look without compromising your comfort.

2. People are scared of wearing white, so they stick to wearing black.
If you’re one of the many who fear stains, see-through fabrics and “easy to spot” wrinkles, it’s not difficult to understand why you might avoid white fabrics.
However, the answer isn’t always wearing black. While there are many great black linen pieces to get you through the summer (you can shop some of our favorites in this post!), it can still weigh down a summer outfit without the right balance. Don’t fill your summer wardrobe with just black. Try branching out to olive, tan, navy, mid brown or gray!

3. People don’t want to invest in a summer wardrobe.
We get it. You think you can sweat it out for a season and move on to your Fall wardrobe ASAP. But guess what? Summer comes every year! And if you live in Los Angeles, the hot weather rages on through October. Your comfort is worth a little effort – And with the right pieces, you’ll get good use out of your summer purchases during transitional seasons as well.

Get inspired for summer with Personal Stylist Meg Gallagher’s favorite tips and tricks on building a lightweight summer work wardrobe. Check out outfit inspiration and Meg’s Wardrobe Essentials shopping edit below!

Looking for a personal clothing stylist to build you your perfect summer work wardrobe? View my outfit styling services here.

Summer Office Outfits: Light Colors and Linen

The best place to start when buying pieces to build a summer office wardrobe is considering both fabric and color. Purchasing pieces in lightweight breathable fabrics and/or natural fiber materials like linen, cotton or rayon will keep you feeling cool and comfortable in warmer temperatures. Swapping dark colors for whites, light greys, tans and brown are a visual ode to the warmer season.

Linen and Maxi Dress Summer Work Outfits

Wearing a lightweight linen or breezy maxi dress to work allows for extra airflow! Top your dress with a linen blazer and finish off the look with a heeled sandal!

Summer Office Wear Skirt Outfits

Skirts are another great option to maintain some airflow in your summer office outfits.

Swap Dark Leather for Mid Browns, Tan and White

One of the easiest mistakes people make with their wardrobe is not paying attention to their belts, bags and shoes.
Swap the heaviness of black leather with raffia/straw, metallics, cream, taupe and mid-browns to keep the visual weight of your outfit light and airy!

Accessorize Your Summer Office Outfits

Shop summer belts, bags and shoes perfect for accessorizing your office work wardrobe.

Slouchy Vida Bag
Nappa Leather Bag in Cream
Leather Kitten Heel in Butter
Soft Leather Ballet Flats
Woven Metallic Metal Belt
Leather Cord Textured Belt
Linen Leather Belt
Pebbled Cream Leather Belt

Best Summer Work Outfit Pieces from Banana Republic

Banana Republic offers an extensive wardrobe staple collection of lightweight pieces for all your summer office outfits!
Check out our favorite linen tops, trouser silhouettes, dresses, skirts and more to build a wardrobe of business casual summer outfits.

Boxy Linen Shirt (Available in Multiple Colors)
Olive Oversized Popover Top
Layerable Tencel Linen Shirt Jacket (Available in Multiple Colors)
Oversized Linen Stripe Shirt (Available in Multiple Colors)
Linen Maxi Skirt (Available in Multiple Colors)
Viscose Linen Maxi Skirt (Available in Multiple Colors)
Oversized Satin Blazer (Available in Multiple Colors)
Pleated Satin Maxi Skirt (Available in Multiple Colors)
Italian Straight Cotton Linen Pant (Available in Multiple Colors)
High Rise Relaxed Linen Pant
Italian Linen Cotton Wide Leg Jean (Available in Multiple Colors)
Tencel Linen Wide Leg Pant (Available in Multiple Colors)
Linen White Business Dress (Available in Multiple Colors)
Linen Jumpsuit (Available in Multiple Colors)
Linen Vest (Available Multiple Colors)
Silk Linen Maxi Dress (Available in Multiple Colors)

Best Lightweight Summer Work Pieces from Massimo Dutti

Discover Massimo Dutti’s masterful summer collection filled with ultra-flattering wardrobe staples that will upgrade your summer office wear at an attainable price point. Go beyond linen blazers with Massimo Dutti’s layering kimonos, linen tie tops and shirt jackets. Check out our favorite tie-detail tops and trousers, flowing maxi dresses and more.

Tie Detail Trousers
Navy Blue Elastic Waistband Trousers
Halterneck Tie Detail Dress
Ramie Blend Off White Office Dress Pleated Dress
Square Neck Jumpsuit
Striped Oversized Co-Ord Shirt Dress
Long Linen Kimono
Voluminous Ramie Linen Dress
Linen Kimono
Linen Blend Lapel-less Blazer
Linen Drop Shoulder Tie Shirt (Available in Multiple Colors)
Linen Blend Boat Neck Sweater (Available in Multiple Colors)
V Neck Linen Shirt (Available in Multiple Colors)
Rustic Tie Layerable Shirt (Available in Multiple Colors)
Striped Midi Linen Skirt
Linen Stripe Tie Shirt
Linen Blend Midi Skirt
Leopard Print Midi Skirt