One of the best things a woman can have is a perfect outfit that transitions from the office to happy hour. While this look is easy to pull off in the cooler months, it can get tricky in the summer. After all, you don’t want to wear a pair of flip flops to the office, and on an 85-degree Fahrenheit Friday, you definitely don’t want to wear a dress with sleeves out with the girls. Here are a few ways to put together versatile outfits for the summer that work everywhere:
Wear light colors
A black blazer may be chic indoors, but as soon as you trudge to the train, you’ll be wishing you didn’t bother with it. Trade in your blacks and navies in the coming months and start working with neutrals and pastels. A nude cardigan instead of that black blazer or a peach dress instead of a dark blue one will attract less heat without making you look any less fashionable. If you’re feeling daring, you can even go for an Olivia Pope-inspired white outfit.
Try jewel tones
Some of us aren’t into pastels, and that’s OK! That doesn’t mean you have to wear dark fall and winter work wear all summer. Instead of opting for light colors for the spring and summer, try jewel tones, like emerald green, cerulean and magenta. These pops of color are stylish enough to wear out, but still subdued enough to wear at work without attracting too much heat.
Crops are a great alternative to the slacks you usually wear to work. Since they taper near the ankle, they’re a little more casual than dress pants, making wearing them out of the office without looking overdressed simple. Consider pairing crops with some strappy heels and a light blouse for a look that’s professional during the day and chic in the evening.
“What’s more summery than a pop of florals?”
Work in florals
What’s more summery than a floral outfit? Florals are one of those exciting patterns that transition surprisingly well from day to night. Try spicing up a staple dress with a stylish pair of floral shoes or layering your favorite summer sundress underneath a cardigan for work. Florals are the perfect pattern for both work and play.
Wear a printed skirt
Printed skirts can be so much fun. Try a breezy A-line skirt in a bold pattern, like polka dots, for a look that’ll keep you cool and professional. The beauty of this skirt style is that you can wear it with a T-shirt and a necklace, or a blouse, depending on how casual you want to make it.
Go for layers
The idea of a sweater or a jacket in the summer is just too hot to handle. However, you also don’t want to be left in a sleeveless dress in an office that’s pumping the air conditioning. Consider layering a chiffon blouse beneath your work dresses, in the style of a jumper, instead of wearing something over it. This will produce a cohesive look – people will assume that the sleeves are just part of the dress, without leaving you to deal with all of the bulk that comes along with sweaters.
Dress up a plain-Jane outfit
If you work in a conservative office, it may be more difficult for you to think of transitional outfits. However, it’s still not impossible. While you may never think to wear that plain-gray dress you wore to work on a date, you can easily spice it up with a pair of embellished heels or a brightly colored statement necklace. Instead of your usual bag, travel light if you’re going out after work with a stylish clutch.
That’s a wrap
If you don’t have a wrap dress, grab your purse and go to the store, stat. Wrap dresses are one of the most versatile and flattering styles. They hug your curves, accentuating the smallest part of your waist, show off your bust, all the while being incredibly comfortable. Since they usually hit the knee or below, most wrap styles can easily transition from the office to the weekend, with minimal effort.