Since I’m not working full-time right now, I don’t really have to face the major dilemma every morning- spending a big chuck of time standing in front of my closet with a confused face. However, I still have to go to many formal meetings every week. And with the weather gets very hot during the day, how to dress professionally and comfortably without having to sacrifice looking good is also a challenge for everyone, including me. So today, I’d like to share some of my thoughts on how to dress for work for summer.
1. Don’t Ditch Your Blazer/Sweater
I understand that summer can get very humid and hot, and all you wanna wear is something breathable and sheer. But let’s don’t forget morning and nights could also get a little chilly. Sometimes I have to be on the road at 7 AM in the morning, and the temperature at that time wouldn’t feel like summer at all. Plus, if you are working in an office environment, air conditioning sometimes could take you right back to winter. So, be prepare and bring a blazer or light sweater with you.
2. Wear Blouse
Looking professional and polished doesn’t have to conflict with staying fashion forward and chic. One of the best versatile piece for an office look is blouses. They are not only very easy-breezy, but it’s also quite simple to pair with anything to create a great business casual look. And if you want to look more fun, blouses with cute prints will be a great option. You can go for a more traditional prints, such as leopard, polka dot and strips. But there are also many different prints that are in trend right now, especially the fruit-prints and shape-prints.
3. Pencil Skirt
Although pencil skirt might sound very old fashion, it’d always be one of the best wearable pieces for work. First of all, pencil skirts generally have the perfect length that offer a professional yet chic vibe. And the silhouette of the skirts could compliments well with all kinds of body types. Lastly, it’s such a versatile piece that can literally go well with anything- blouse, crop top, denim shirt…you name it! And you can even wear it on top of a dress to change up your wardrobe if you like.
4. Pointy Toe Shoes
I highly recommend you to go for pointy-toe shoes because they generally can create an illusion that you have longer legs. Pumps or flats- your choice. Of course, the heels are higher, then your legs will look longer. But comfort is also another very important part to consider when putting an office outfit together.
5. Belt It Up
Whether it’s a slim-tailored dress, a crop pants or even just a pencil skirt, a belt can come in handy with almost all the office pieces you want to put together. It not only gives that polished and finished touch to your outfit, but also is the best tool when you want to play some little tricks. For example, you can belt it a little bit higher than your actual waist line to create a better body proportion. Also, if your dress is a little bit too long, you can fold the fabrics at its waist line to make it shorter and use the belt to secure it.
So here are 5 dress-for-work tips you gotta know. Hope this article is somehow helpful. If you have any other suggestions or tips, please don’t hesitate to comment and share, I’d love to read them.
Photography: Stephen Foks
Skirt: Banana Republic (old, similar here)
Blazer: J.Crew (old, similar here)
Shoes: Zara (sold out, similar here | also love this one)
Necklace: H&M (old, similar here)
Bag: Vintage Found