Summer Style Tips
When it comes to summer business casual attire, the main focus should be staying cool while still maintaining a professional look. Summer is also the perfect time to wear a pop of color or a fun print.
1. Wear light, natural fabrics that breathe. To achieve that professional yet summery look, I would recommend wearing dresses made with light, breathable fabrics such as our Italian Jacquard Olympia Dress. This jacquard is a wrinkle-resistant stretch cotton blend, which keeps you cool and the subtle print is a great way to mix things up for the summer. This cotton jacquard has enough structure to be appropriate for even the most conservative offices; avoid fabrics that are too light and casual.
2. Leave a lightweight jacket at your desk. I often freeze in the office with the A/C is blasting, so I need something to throw on over my summer dresses. Our Juliet Jacket is the perfect summer office jacket. The 3/4 sleeve on the Juliet is chic and office-appropriate. It is not as formal as a traditional blazer (which can be too heavy for the summer), but it is a more professional choice than a cardigan. The Juliet matches everything and can be worn year-round, so it is a good investment piece.
3 and 4: Pencil skirt and breezy top. When the temperature is really high, I like to wear our Chelsea Pencil Skirt and pair it with our Helena Silk Top. A top that is loose and breezy is important to have on hand for those super hot days when you don't want anything touching your skin. This top pairs beautifully with our Chelsea Pencil Skirt and Juliet Jacket. I always opt for pencil skirts vs pants in the summer as skirts are less fabric.
5. Wear color! Summer is the perfect time to incorporate bright colors. Our Tiffany Blue Verana Dress is perfect for office to cocktail hour. With little cap sleeves, you do not even need a jacket or cardigan for the office meetings.
6. Swap out your black pumps for nude shoes. An easy trick to make your year-round dresses a little more summery is simply wearing nude shoes. Nude shoes match everything and quickly lighten up your look -- they can even make you look taller, which I like since I am petite.
7. Keep accessories to a minimum. During the summer months, I try to avoid belts and heavy jewelry as much as possible. Large statement necklaces tend to add an extra layer of warmth. To transition your look from day to rooftop cocktails, add a colorful bangle and apply a bit of bright lipstick and you're good to go!