It doesn’t matter how hot, humid, and sweltering the weather is outside—the office dress code doesn’t take a summer break. Sure, the expectation to look professional in the workplace is necessary, but doing it without breaking a sweat makes it a tricky task. Ahead, we’re sharing three business-casual looks that will help you keep your cool while still looking dapper and polished.
Business suits can get a bad rap for being too serious and stuffy, but that doesn’t have to be the case. If your workday requires you to don a suit, go for one with a summer twist. Look for a lightweight linen construction to keep you cool and well-ventilated. A brighter color, like a cool gray or powder blue, also feels seasonally appropriate—especially when paired with a cheery-hued button-down. Complete the look with light brown shoes and accessories for an outfit that is polished, professional, and perfect for a hot summer day.
There are some days where you feel like flying under the radar, and there are other days where making a style statement is more the vibe. For the latter, you can never go wrong with a striking pop of color. Balance out a brightly colored shirt or a bold all-over pattern with a slim-fit design and short sleeves. Choose pants in a matching hue to anchor the outfit and round out the look with neutral-color accessories. The key to pulling off a stand-out look like this is confidence, so don’t be afraid to stand out.
Jeans can be styled in an endless amount of ways, so you’ll never run out of Casual Friday options. A classic pair of dark-wash jeans or black denim can easily transition from weekend to work with just a few strategic pieces. To dress up your denim for the office, begin by choosing a solid-color polo in a muted shade. Then, add some interest to your look with summer outerwear. A sport coat is an easy way to add a pop of color to your look and polishes off the outfit handsomely.