One of the biggest daily dilemmas we face is deciding what to wear. If you’re most other professionals, you have closets full of clothes but still face this challenge each morning. This problem is compounded even further in the hot summer months, when temperatures can soar to 80, 90 and beyond.
Summer professional style is typically a little more relaxed than the rest of the year. The simple, yet practical reason is no one wants to wear more layers than necessary in the heat. So, the age-old question remains; How do you look professional in the summer without passing out from heat stroke when outside or freezing like an ice cube in the office AC?
We all know what would be easiest, wearing shorts, sundresses and thin skirts. While those are ideal for hot summer days, this wardrobe does fit in with most professional office cultures. In Summer Office Attire Do’s and Don’ts: Style Experts Weigh In, Metro nixes flip-flops, maxi dresses and shorts in the workplace.
So, what’s the solution? A collection of a few staples that you can mix and match that are heat-friendly, yet professional enough to make an appearance in court or attend a meeting.
Check out the collection below that the Young, Polished and Professional blog put together. With these 25 pieces, women can put together enough individual looks that without having to wear the same outfit more than once the entire summer.
Summer office wear isn’t just a women’s issue. Men also struggle to stay cool yet professional when the temperature rises. The Art of Manliness’s A Man’s Guide to Summer Dress: Part 1 offers guidelines to hot weather dressing, and A Man’s Guide to Summer Dress: Part 2 covers summer trousers, footwear, and accessories.
A common-sense guideline for summer dressing in the workplace is simple. Look in the mirror. If you have any doubt that you look unprofessional, don’t wear it.