6 Ways to Update Your Professional Wardrobe for Summer
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6 Ways to Update Your Professional Wardrobe for Summer

We often associate summer fashion with showing a bit more skin–but that’s not an option for most professional women who work in an office. That said, there are still plenty of ways to update your summer work wardrobe to stay cool and look sharp even in the dog days of August. Here are six tips to try.

1. Peep-Toe Pumps
While sandals will be verboten in many offices, even the most conservative workplaces will approve of peep-toe pumps, which will keep you cool without that “headed to the beach.” Make sure your feet are nicely manicured whenever you opt for these shoes, however.

2. Light-Colored Neutrals
If you typically wear a suit, Forbes recommends updating your wardrobe for summer with light neutrals such as taupe, tan, taupe, or light gray. Those who need a dark suit can go with the summer-friendly combination of navy and white. Whichever hue you choose, a well-fitting sleeveless shell can keep you comfortable during your commute, even if you take the subway.

3. Statement Skirt
This piece goes with everything in your closet and can transition from day to night with a simple accessories swap. According to Glamour, the most timely choice is a patterned wrap skirt, ideal to pair with everything from T-shirts to button-downs to frilly blouses.

4. Cooling Fabrics
While linen is often mentioned as a summer go-to, it’s not the best choice for the office environment since it tends to wrinkle easily. Instead, opt for fabrics that are breathable but will look great all day, such as cotton blends or silk linen blends. If you like a little stretch, look for blends that include a small percentage of Lycra or Spandex.

5. Florals
It’s easy to make one of the biggest summer trends work well with your work attire. Adding a pop of color or print freshens any outfit, especially if you keep the rest of the ensemble neutral to avoid overwhelming the eye. Floral shifts, skirts, dresses, and even blazers are popular this season. If you’re not a floral gal, this advice can apply to any other bold print.

6. Tailored Shirtdress
This piece looks crisp in warm weather and is flattering to all figures. Whether you opt for a clean white version or an eye-catching print, a shirtdress can easily be paired with a cardigan or blazer that stands up to frigid office AC. For shoes, you can opt for the aforementioned peep-toed pumps, traditional heels, or even flats if you prefer.