Summer is the season to loosen up! It’s time to shed the restricting, skin-hugging, heavy sweaters and jackets that kept you warm all winter. But for women who have the daily 9-5 obligation in the office, wearing some of the latest summer fashion trends may not always be suitable for the office. Not to worry–you can definitely find ways to be a trendy fashionista in workwear while still maintaining your professionalism. To give you some inspiration, I’ve put together three summer-ready business casual outfits for the working woman.

 

summer business casual: black blazer

 

summer business casual: rumple blouse

 

summer business casual: slacks

Classic With a Pop

Let me first preface that everyone needs a simple black blazer. They go with EVERYTHING. Layering a black blazer over any blouse is an easy way to put together a business casual outfit with minimal effort and thinking. (You know those days where you accidentally set your alarm for 6PM instead of 6AM, wake up at 8AM in a panic and have to run out the door?) In the summer, I like to add bright pops of colors to workwear ensembles. This magenta blouse and patterned trousers are perfect additions to a simple black blazer.

 

summer business casual: navy blazer

 

summer business casual: printed blouse

 

summer business casual: navy slacks

Monochrome Paired With Print

Whenever business professional workwear is required, a full monochrome ensemble is the best way to go. There’s something about the head-to-toe coordination that makes it feel strong and powerful (just like you!). Wear your suit with a bright floral blouse underneath to bring some personality to the outfit. Incorporating fun summer vibes to a business professional outfit is a great way to personalize an otherwise traditional look.

 

summer business casual: sleeveless blouse

 

summer business casual: cream slacks

Light and Airy

Gone are the days where bare shoulders are unacceptable in the workplace (despite how tricky the office AC might try to make it). With a conservative neckline, this blouse is still office friendly. Bring a ray of sunshine to the drab cubicles of the office with a bright yellow blouse and cream trousers. Just try not to spill coffee on your light colored clothes! 🙂

 

 

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Sweet summertime, please come faster! Here in Milwaukee, I’ve been enduring drizzly, chilly weather for weeks and I’m very ready for the sun to come out and stay out for good. I’m just dreaming about breaking out some cute summer outfits and leaving the chilly spring days behind.

While I wait for the sun to shine in Wisconsin, I’m putting together some summer outfit inspo so that I’ll be ready as soon as the summer weather hits. And if you’re in a warmer part of the country, lucky you! You can start wearing these cute summer outfits right away! Check out some of the summer styles I’ve put together below – perfect for a Backyard BBQ and beyond.

cute summer outfits: chambray

Lightweight Chambray

Unlike denim, chambray is quite thin which makes it the perfect airy summer fabric. Skip the thick denim shorts on hot summer days and wear these adorable high waisted chambray shorts instead. Wear them with a simple bright colored top for cheery summer vibes.

 

cute summer outfits: tropical prints

Tropical Prints

Nothing screams summer more than a good tropical print. No need to jet off to Hawaii – bring the tropics to you with these perfect tropical print shorts. Sometimes it can be confusing figuring out how to match busy prints. An easy trick to looking put-together is picking out one specific color in the print and matching with a solid piece of the same color. In this case, the coral blouse matches the coral colored flowers in the palm print perfectly.

 

cute summer outfits: tie dye

Vibrant Tie Dye

The tie-dye trend is here to stay–groovy! Tie-dye patterns bring awesome colorful summer vibes to your outfit, but tie dye patterns can get too busy real quick. To avoid looking overly psychedelic, avoid adding additional patterns to the mix. Wear with your favorite denim shorts and simple accessories.

 

cute summer outfits: bold stripes

Bright Stripes

Somebody get me some sunglasses to look at these stripes! I love wearing colorful stripes in summer, especially with classic silhouettes like this button-up tank. Bonus: vertical stripes visually elongate your frame. Wear with light wash denim and tuck the top in for a more polished look or leave the top untucked for a more casual ensemble.

 

cute summer outfits: midi dress

Breezy Dress

Button down midi dresses are all the rage right now and I absolutely love the summery blue stripes on this one. The tie waist adds some extra shape to the dress’ silhouette for a flirty style. A coral clutch and bright yellow drop earrings are the perfect way to add playful pops of color.

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Okay, everyone. Time to set your auto OOO (out of office) email responses and unplug for the three-day weekend. Any time you have a long weekend it’s all about recharging, relaxing, and having some fun in the sun. Kudos to you if you’re planning on completely ignoring your email inbox! Whether you’re staying in town or heading on a quick trip, the last thing you should be worried about is figuring out what to wear. So sit back and relax-I’ve got you covered. Here are some easy outfit ideas to make your long weekend style on point.

OOO: preppy style

Preppy Patio Party Style

Preppy style is all about clean cuts, nautical inspiration, and tailored looks – everything you see in this outfit. This navy dress is great for a weekend patio party filled with a friendly game of badminton and cold beverages. The shoulder frills add the perfect feminine touch while the striped sweater tied around the waist and structured cognac crossbody polishes off the look for a flawless preppy outfit.

 

OOO: floral dress

Boho Beach Time

For those who plan on running after the ice cream truck for a bomb pop on the beach (guilty), wear a loose tropical sundress. A tie waist adds shape without being restricting and the sleeveless style will help with your base tan to catch the first rays of the season. Add a cute tassel crossbody bag to tie the look together. (After all, you need something to carry the money to pay the ice cream man!)

 

OOO: camping outfit

Cozy Camping Chic

For chilly nights by the campfire, layer some cozy plaid over denim shorts for a laidback outdoorsy look. Pastel and bright color summer plaids replace the black, navy, and red plaids of fall and winter. Even if you’re a glamping type of lady, this comfy ensemble will be a practical and chic outfit for nights spent outdoors. Don’t forget the s’mores!

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Calling all petite ladies! Got short girl problems? Yep, me too. With a standing height of 5’2″ (though my doctor tells me 5’1.5″ and just won’t give me the half inch), I’ve developed some fashion hacks over the years to accentuate my petite body type.  Essentially, what this means is that I wear silhouettes that define my waist and enhance my leg length.

I had the opportunity to head to the Wantable headquarters to try on some of their petite-friendly styles recommended by their stylists. After having some fun in the photo studio, I picked out my favorite outfits to share. That’s right–the lady featured below is yours truly! Read on for some awesome outfit ideas and tips on how to dress for a petite body type.

 

petite: high waisted denim

1. Wear long vests with high waisted denim

Starting out with a bang! This outfit was my absolute favorite out of all of the looks. Whenever I can, I try to wear long pieces that elongate my body. It can be tough to do this without giving the appearance that I’m wearing an ill-fitted item that is unintentionally too long (I’m looking at you, midi-dresses). Wearing a long open vest is one of the best hacks to looking taller. The long length elongates my frame without hiding my waistline. Tuck your top into high waisted denim under the vest for the ultimate long leg illusion.

 

petite: dresses

2. Wear dresses that stop just above the knee

I have found that the just-above-the-knee length is the optimal dress length for my height. This hemline is a great style that shows off my legs to add some length to my frame while still staying work-appropriate. Plus, adding nude heels to the bare leg offers the optical illusion of never-ending legs!

 

petite: leopard jacket

3. Pull up waistbands to hip length

Whenever possible, I try to can elongate the leg line and shorten the torso. Proportion is everything! But if you’re a short girl like me, most tops fall below my waist. Sigh. On the bright side, if your top has a waistband, you’re in luck! Fight the impulse to pull the waistband down all the way and instead shimmy it up to your hips. The elastic will keep your top at the perfect length. Don’t forget to cuff your jeans to avoid the dreaded bunching at your ankles.

 

petite: striped denim

4. Wear striped denim with a cropped jacket

When I tried on these jeans, I did not want to take them off. The jeans not only fit my short legs perfectly in terms of inseam, but they also have electric yellow stripes running down each leg. Stripes running down the seam of your jeans will visually extend the leg while a cropped silhouette adds a flattering and on-trend dimension to your outfit. Pair these two styles together and you’ve got it made!

 

petite: waist tie top

5. Turn a blouse into a tie waist top.

You already know by now (after I’ve repeated myself a million times) that showing off the waistline is a surefire way to visually extend the legs. I own so many tops that would fall perfectly at the waist on a taller girl but hang too low on me. The solution? Unbutton the bottom two or three buttons on your blouse and tie the loose ends together for a cute way to make a too-long top more flattering for your body type.

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Spring is a confusing time of year for our wardrobes. Should I dress for rain and wind or warmth and sunshine? In spring, a girl’s got to be prepared for everything. The same jacket you wore on your chilly walk to work in the morning might be draped over your arm on the sunny walk back home. The key to being prepared for spring weather is layers. That’s why I’m sharing with you some spring layering outfits that incorporate different spring jacket styles for inspiration. Before the real warm weather arrives, drop your winter puffers and stock up on these 4 spring jackets that will up your layering game for spring!

 

spring jackets: trench coat

spring jacket: trench coat outfit

spring jacket: trench coat outfit

1. The Lightweight Trench

Jacket styles come and go, but the trench coat is forever. The good news? Trench coats go with everything because they essentially cover up everything above the knees. I absolutely love this red tencel statement trench! To keep the attention on your statement piece, wear it with basics – layer over a simple white tee and denim.

 

spring jacket: utility jacket

spring jacket: utility jacket outfit

spring jacket: utility jacket outfit

2. The Utility Jacket

Salute to the ever-so-chic military jacket! It’s a definite spring essential, as it’s an extremely versatile piece that can be dressed up or down, depending on what you wear it with.  Most military jackets, or utility jackets (same thing!), hit right above the waist so they work really well with cropped tops, like this tie waist button down. Pairing with white denim will make the awesome army green color pop!

 

spring jacket: windbreaker jacket

spring jacket: windbreaker outfit

3. The Windbreaker

Can you get any cooler than a color blocked windbreaker? This 90’s child says no. Windbreaker track jackets are not only extremely functional when combatting the chilly spring breeze, but also add a fun twist to any casual outfit. This retro windbreaker is updated with the trendy blush, white and black color combo and looks great layered over a casual striped shirt dress.

 

spring jacket: moto jacket

spring jacket: moto jacket outfit

spring jacket: moto jacket outfit

4. The Pastel Moto

Need a break from the traditional black moto jacket? Why not try a pastel one? Add a feminine twist to your moto jacket by wearing one in a spring hue. Nothing goes better with pastel than spring florals, so layer your jacket over a floral chiffon top and finish the look with black denim as a nod to the edgy side of your moto jacket.

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Spring has sprung! It’s finally time to dust off the dresses you stored away for winter and break them out for warmer weather and sunshine. Not to mention, the front of your fridge may be filling up with wedding invites, graduation announcements, and baby showers and you’ll need something to wear for all of the celebrations. Let’s take a look at the latest trends for spring dresses and check out what’s what you’ll need in your closet for the upcoming season.

spring dresses: casual maxi

1. Casual Maxi Dress

A casual, flowing, floor-grazing maxi dress is definitely a spring essential. Maxis come in so many different silhouettes that you can pick the perfect one for you, no matter your shape and size. With so many different ways to style it, this is the perfect piece to pack for your next vacation. Bonus: no time to shave your legs? No problem!  (Because we all know that prepping for your office presentation, getting the kids ready for bed, and getting the grocery shopping done usually take precedent over shaving your legs.)

 

spring dresses: floral shift dress

2. Floral Shift Dress

Easily transition from the office to happy hour with a floral shift dress. I love a good shift dress because they’re modest enough to wear to work, fun enough to wear to social occasions, and also flattering on every body type. A bright floral pattern also adds an extra pop of color for spring.

 

spring dresses: lightweight tank dress

3. Lightweight Tank Dress

A lightweight tank dress is a must for every closet. They are incredibly comfortable and super easy to slip on before running errands or heading to brunch. They’re casual and so soft that you’ll feel like you’re wearing your favorite tee and sweatpants (without looking like it). Throw on some sneakers and a denim jacket and you’ve got an effortless look you can reach for time and time again.

 

spring dresses: fit and flare

4. Polka Dot Fit and Flare Dress

If you love a classic look, you can’t go without a polka dot fit and flare dress. Polka dots are timeless! They add the perfect feminine touch to any outfit. Pair them with the universally flattering fit and flare dress and you have a fail-proof combo! The best part? With its fun pattern and silhouette, it barely needs any styling. Wear with minimal jewelry and simple shoes and you’re ready to head out the door!

 

spring dresses: cold shoulder

5. Cold Shoulder Dress

The cold shoulder trend is here to stay for at least another season.  A little peek of the shoulders paired with ruffles and a flattering high-low hem, this dress is perfect for an evening occasion. You’ll be seeing cold shoulder styles everywhere in 2019, so don’t be afraid to stock up on a few pieces with this fun detail.

 

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Anybody that has tried to tell you to avoid mixing different patterns in one outfit is trying to instill fashion rules that are as outdated as not wearing white after Labor Day. Outfits with playful pattern mixing can be seen everywhere from the runway to your Instagram feed, to everyday street style all around you. But how’s a girl to know the rules of mixing and matching prints? Pro tip: there are no rules. You should feel empowered to mix patterns any way you’d like. At the same time, it’s hard to know where to start when you have so many different prints and styles to chose from. I’ve put together an easy guide on how to mix and match your favorite spring patterns! Check them out below.

 

mix and match: stripes with animal print

1. Stripes with Animal Print

Be the queen of the jungle and a speed racer with this amazing animal print top and striped trouser combo. Wearing subtle stripes with animal prints is a guaranteed way to show off your #bossladystatus. I love the long subtle stripes that run down the seam of these pants! It’s a great way to wear your favorite patterns without screaming your favorite patterns, especially when other prints are involved.

 

mix and match: same prints

2. Prints from the Same Family

One great way to wear patterns together is by trying out patterns in the same family. Give me floral on floral, baby! (…or polka dots on polka dots, stripes on stripes, gingham on gingham…) I recommend choosing two patterns that are from the same family that are different enough from each other to make the pattern mixing look intentional. It will help avoid looking like you tried to match perfectly, but are just kind of off. For example, the floral denim here is a completely different pattern and texture from the floral blouse. Choose stripes and polka dots of different sizes, animal prints from different animals, gingham of different colors–you name it!

 

mix and match: color family

3. Use a Common Color Story

A fail-proof way of mixing prints without worrying about your outfit clashing is to tie your prints together using a common color story. Wearing a specific color scheme allows your mixed patterns to blend seamlessly into one cohesive ensemble. If you’re worried about mixing different shades, stick with classic black and white. You can’t go wrong! I love this stars and stripes combo as a patriotic homage without looking like you’re literally wearing the American flag.

 

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Looking for a classic closet staple? Look no further than the striped sweater! The striped sweater is both timeless and goes with everything. In fact, I don’t think there was ever a time in modern fashion history that the striped sweater has not been in. No matter how you describe your personal style, it has a place in your closet. Trust me, you’ll be wearing your striped sweaters for years.

Drum roll please…introducing the MVP of the show: the black and white striped sweater that can be worn in a myriad of ways. Check out some of these casual outfit ideas that incorporate my favorite striped sweater for spring!

 

striped sweater

 

Pair it With: A Dress and Tote

Sweaters are made for layering. Top your striped sweater over a simple dress for a casual, but polished look. I love mixing subtle prints together and the polka dots with the stripe are a perfect combination for spring. Toss a cognac tote over your shoulder (I love this tote for it’s smaller compartments inside) and you’re ready to conquer the day. Boss girl status anyone?

 

striped sweater: layer over dress

 

striped sweater: tote

 

Pair it With: Boyfriend Jeans and Jewelry

Complete the slouchy sweater look with some boyfriend jeans. I love the destroyed details on these jeans because it adds the perfect I-woke-up-like-this element to complete the outfit. Honestly, you’ll look effortless and on-trend at the same time. Accessorizing with some colorful jewelry adds a perfect pop of color for spring.

 

striped sweater: boyfriend jeans

 

striped sweater: jewelry

 

Pair it With: A Button-Down and Clean Denim

Remember how I said striped sweaters were made for layering? Wear your striped sweater over a button-down for the ultimate classy getup. Don’t forget to roll up the button up’s sleeves over the sweater to avoid clunky bunched up sleeves under your sweater. Pair with clean denim and you have the perfect outfit for Casual Friday in the office.

 

striped sweater: button down

striped sweater: clean denim

 

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Transitioning between seasons this time of year can be challenging for our wardrobes. While our minds are ready for spring, the volatile weather teases us with sunshine one day, then drops freezing rain and gusty winds the next. What’s a girl to wear when cozy winter pieces don’t quite fit the season’s fashions, but light spring pieces don’t quite fit the weather? Don’t you worry–I’m here to save the day with some fashion inspiration on what to wear in between seasons. Here’s how to transition your favorite winter styles to spring updates for the warm-ish days ahead.

 

1. Florals and Waist-Emphasizing Details

Immune to seasonality, florals are a versatile trend you can wear all year round. Waist-emphasizing details are a great way to add interesting details and flattering shapes to your favorite floral pieces. Floral waist ties may have been your winter favorite, but get ready for floral knot front details to take their place.

 

winter favorite: floral waist ties

what to wear: waist details

spring update: floral knot front details

what to wear: waist details

 

2. Utilitarian Bottoms

I absolutely love wearing utilitarian pieces. They’re perfect for dressing down your overall look to practical casual without compromising the cool factor. If you loved wearing your favorite cargo pants in winter, you’ll love the skinny camo alternative for spring. They still feel a little bit edgy, and you can choose a pair with ankle zippers or small pockets for added detail.

 

winter favorite: cargo pant

what to wear: cargo pants

spring update: skinny camo

what to wear: camo pants

 

3. Jackets

Light jackets always bring interesting layers to an outfit. An edgy moto jacket is a definite winter staple, but spring days on the horizon call for lighter pastel pieces. Try a pastel drape front jacket when transitioning between seasons. It’ll allow you to easily show off some of your favorite fresh new pieces underneath.

 

winter favorite: edgy moto jacket

what to wear: moto jacket

spring update: pastel drape front jacket

what to wear: drape front jacket

 

4. Statement Sleeves

You won’t see the statement sleeve trend leaving the fashion world any time soon. Long bell sleeves were a winter favorite, but soon you’ll see short ruffle sleeves taking over as we slowly slip into spring. If you ask me, the more ruffles the better. If you’re wearing a dress, don’t be afraid to try some ruffles along both the sleeves and hemline.

 

winter favorite: bell sleeves

what to wear: statement sleeves

spring update: short ruffle sleeves

what to wear: statement sleeves

 

5. Sweaters

Sweaters are often associated with winter, but the varying weight and textures of sweaters actually make them a versatile style for in-between seasons. Chunky cable knit sweaters were perfect for cold winter nights by the fire, but lightweight striped pullovers are great for chilly strolls outside as flowers start to bloom.

 

winter favorite: chunky cable knit sweater

what to wear: chunky knit sweater

spring update: lightweight striped pullover

what to wear: lightweight striped pullover

 

 

 

 

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Move aside, winter – spring is taking over! I don’t know about you, but I am definitely ready to escape the polar vortex of winter. Luckily, spring (and a closet update) is just on the horizon. It’s time to shed the turtlenecks, pom beanies, and wooly socks to embrace bright colors, florals, and dresses again. As you start to transition all your winter clothes towards the back of the closet, you may need some inspiration when you go to pick out new pieces to fill those empty hangers. Check out these 9 spring fashion trends you need in 2019.

spring fashion trends: living coral

1. Pantone Color of the Year: Living Coral

Coral is an absolute oasis in the drabness of winter. After being named Pantone color of the year, you better bet it’s going to be in all the top spring fashion trends this year. Try a bright coral sweater or incorporate pops of coral in your outfit with accessories and prints.

 

spring fashion trends: colored denim

2. Colored Bottoms

One of the best ways to add spring colors to your wardrobe is to stock up on colored bottoms. Switching out your blue denim for bright colors will add an extra spring (see what I did there?) to your step in warmer temperatures.

 

spring fashion trends: animal print

3. Animal Print

RAWR! Unleash your wild side with edgy animal print. If wearing an entire printed top is a little too much for you, try incorporating smaller pieces of animal print like leopard printed flats, tortoiseshell jewelry, or a snakeskin clutch (all faux of course!).

 

spring fashion trends: fruits and florals

4. Fruits and Florals

Blooming fruits and florals are tell-tale signs of spring, and they aren’t restricted to just nature! Wear lemon, cherry, watermelon prints and all different patterns of floral to welcome the change in seasons.

 

spring fashion trends: t shirt dresses

5. T-Shirt Dresses

T-shirt dresses are the best way to wear an outfit where fashion meets comfort. They’re perfect for casual days where you want to look good but also don’t want to wear pants (hey, we don’t blame you).

 

spring fashion trends: clean denim

6. Clean Hemlines on Denim

Remember all the raw hems we saw in 2018? This spring, we’re reverting back to classic styles with clean hemlines on your everyday jeans. The best thing about this trend is that this kind of denim pairs with literally everything.

 

spring fashion trends: oversized bags

7. Oversized Bags

No matter how good of a minimalist you are – some days just call for carrying a lot of stuff. Thankfully, oversized bags are a top spring fashion trend and you’ll look oh-so-chic carrying your large bag around. I especially love this bag because you can transition the inside into a smaller option as well! Yasss to versatility.

 

spring fashion trends: tortoise

8. Tortoise

Tortoise jewelry is no longer limited to the classic color mix of amber, brown and black. Today’s tortoise trends include pops of colors and textures and this viral jewelry trend is taking over. I love these small earrings – they are versatile and unique.

 

spring fashion trends: sporty elements

9. Sporty Elements

Reminiscent of the uniforms of your favorite sports teams, you’ll find lots of sporty elements on spring pieces this year. For instance, I love this sporty pair of denim with pops of red stripes. This trend is certainly not just limited to bottoms. You could also try a cardigan or t-shirt with an athletic-inspired accent.

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