6 Business Casual Outfits That Are Still Appropriate for Summer
Summer dressing is easier in many ways. For starters, it requires fewer layers and, therefore, less planning overall. You can pretty much slip on a dress and a pair of sandals and call it a day. Unless, of course, you have an office job that requires a little more polish. Here are six breezy (in every sense of the word) outfits that will keep you cool and still looking professional all season long.
Ruffled Top + Maxi Skirt
In case you missed the memo, ruffles are having a moment. And there is perhaps no better time to try the trend than in the summer, as a frilly top is both airy and practical. Pair it with a flowy maxi skirt now—and with skinny jeans as the weather starts to cool in the fall.
Cold-Shoulder Top + Culottes
Culottes were made for warm-weather office dressing. Think about it: The wide-legged style gives you the non-restricted airflow of a skirt but with the polished appearance of a pair of trousers. And while you can pair them with almost any top in your closet, a cold-shoulder number (you know, the sleeved shirt with cutouts around the top) is very much of-the-moment.
Patterned Jumpsuit + Statement Belt
Culotte-style jumpsuits are another great option for summer. Cinch in the billowy shape with a sleek belt and maybe keep a blazer at your desk for impromptu client meetings (or to keep yourself warm when the AC is blasting).
Long-Sleeved Maxi Dress + Top-Handled Purse
The sleeves and length of the dress keep it work-friendly, while the sheer material keeps you from overheating. The top-handled purse—though in this case, quite small—still somehow anchors the look so that it comes off as more “business” and less “beachside fete.”
Maxi Sheath Dress + Strappy Heels
Or ditch the sleeves altogether, but stick to something with a higher neckline and a more structured fit to keep the overall look streamlined. Again, and this applies to any summer outfit: Keep a cardigan or blazer nearby in case your office dress code requires it.
Boxy Top + Silk Slip Dress
You know that slinky slip dress you wear out on the weekends? Toss a cropped top over it and you’ve got your Monday outfit ready. Bonus points if you mix and match the colors a bit to give the whole thing some summery flair.