Dress to Impress: How to Dress the Part at Work This Summer

“Look good, feel good, do good.” – Michelle Hlavach. Those wise words my mom tells me every so often apply directly to work wardrobes. Nowadays, there are different dress codes depending on work location, but one thing remains the same: a professional appearance is a must in the office.

On top of that, it’s finally summer! The rising temperate will surely send those dark shirts, itchy cardigans and uncomfortable pants to the back corner of your closet and que the cute sundresses, color popping ties and fun accessories. However, one thing to be extremely careful of is determining which outfits are truly work appropriate. When executed correctly, you can look good AND feel good during the summer months at work. Here’s how:

Ladies 

Clothes: With blasting air conditioning, layers are your best friend. Wearing floral or fun-printed dresses and skirts is great when you’re outside, but you could be facing some Arctic-like temperatures inside. Try matching a patterned dress with a neutral-color cardigan to create a balanced outfit that will keep you comfortable both inside and outside.

Shoes: Be careful with strappy heels and sandals. Yes, they are a super cute alternative to clunky winter shoes, but double check the company policy on open-toed shoes versus close-toed shoes.

Accessories: Necklaces, earrings and bracelets are a staple for every outfit. This summer, add a pop of color to complete your outfit but be mindful you don’t go over the top. Try to keep the bling light – maybe a pair of colorful earrings or a simple necklace. Avoid too much or too chunky jewelry to keep the polished and professional look.

Gents

Clothes: White, light blue, dark blue, grey…blah. Switch up the same old shirt and pants combo with more color – shirts AND pants! Only the bold will attempt this look but it’s a great time of year to try it out!

Shoes: For the most part, men’s’ shoes are pretty straightforward. Strick to the same shoes you normally wear, but consider stepping out of your comfort zone with a lighter brown or different style shoe. Just be sure it’s fits within your company dress code!

Accessories: Even men can strut their stuff with the right accessories. Put away the dark colored ties and bring out the patterned, lighter ties. However, if you choose a color-popping shirt or pair of pants try to stick to a solid color tie.

Dressing for work in the summer can be as fun as you want it to be. Don’t be afraid to try out new colors or trends, but be mindful of staying work appropriate. These simple hints will nudge you in the summer wardrobe direction and hopefully give you confidence to try something new. Have any more summer wardrobe tips? Please share:

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