Dress for Success: Business Casual Workwear for the Summer

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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Jenn Wang
Written by Jenn Wang
I’m a die-hard Midwestern gal living in the pursuit of a vibrant life. That means I’m hustlin’ hard while not taking life too seriously, staying active while eating as many French fries as I darn well please, and traveling the world while staying loyal to my Midwestern roots.