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What to Wear to the Office During the Summer

Our Top 5 Trends Keep you Professionally Cool When Temperatures Rise

Warmer weather is a perfect excuse to jazz up the work wear wardrobe. Now is the opportune time to mix in colors, prints and accessories that might look less than appropriate during the winter months. 

Look for inspiration everywhere. Allow music and art festivals to inspire your professional fashion spirit. Don’t forget that farmer's markets, outdoor concerts and other venues can be a wealth of outfit inspiration, and a treasure trove for that hard-to-find accessory you’ve been searching for.

1. Fitted, Detailed Dresses

These can be a fun day-to-night work option for the summer. Feel free to mix up the textures: leather and mesh, silk and metal, and a throw on a jacket and some accessories for an extra polished look.

2. Bright, Vintage-Inspired Prints

Who doesn’t feel lovely wearing bright floral patterns? Are fruits and flowers too much for the cubicle? Try a small purse or hand bag in a fun print.

3. Slick Jacket

A slick jacket is the working girl's go-to piece. Again, texture is fun, especially in the summer. Look for linens, soft suede and and juxtapositions in style/print like this floral bomber jacket or a sequined tuxedo.

4. Sequins

A few sparkles can really jazz up an outfit, but a word of caution; when incorporating sequins, a little goes a long way. Keep it to one sequined piece or accessory and pair with neutral tones.

5. Pencil Skirt

Look and feel pretty, and powerful! The pencil skirt is timeless, flattering and feminine, and can hold its own during a power lunch. Look for lightweight fabrics that offer some stretch and pair with a blouse.  

As a fashion conscious professional, use the summer to experiment with your professional look. Dabble in sequins and prints and, when in doubt, don a slick jacket. And don't forget some foxy shades. You're feeling cooler already!

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In or Out? Today's Fashion for Women at Work

What's the haps when it comes to what women are wearing to work? Well, that all depends on the job, of course. And largely on where she lives. Styles vary greatly between cities, suburbs and rural areas. Standards and trends will be different in a mountain town compared to urban areas. We've gathered a sampling of our favorite fashions for women at work, along with what's in, and what's out. Please note that these are generalities and opinions only, based on the trends we've seen. We always support a woman's right to do her own thing! 


While suits still have their place for women in the workplace, the power suit is generally too formal for most. This isn't the 1980's. Somewhere between then and now, professional women everywhere made a silent agreement to ditch the suit in favor of comfort, while still remaining fashionable and professional at work. We're digging that.


There was a time where wearing a statement piece of jewelry was a no-no at work. At least that’s what our mothers told us. Diamonds and pearls are great, but so are bracelets, necklaces and earrings with colorful stones and unique designs. Jewelry is a wonderful way to make a statement while wearing work-appropriate attire. 


We're not saying that black and neutral tones are out, we're just asking, "why not change it up every now and then with a dash of color?" Colors are a part of human nature. According to Psychology Today, "the powerful influence of color rules our choices in everything from the food we eat and the clothes we wear to the cars we buy." We as humans love color, and that it not be inhibited. 


A problem that is usually heightened in the summer months, showing too much skin (which can be a problem for men, too) is just not appropriate in a professional work environment. What can we say? It's just the society we live in. Most employers have dress codes outlining the rules on how much skin can show, and the rules should generally be adhered to. Regardless of whether they have a dress code (or whether it's enforced), bearing a lot of skin simply creates a different impression that may negatively impact the business.  


Duh. Nice shoes will not only make you look more professional, you'll actually feel it. Sure, there's a time and a place for sneakers, and we aren't necessarily recommending that you wear six-inch heels on the daily, but try to think about your footwear just as you would your hair, makeup and top. People will notice, so make it professional. Uncomfortable in heels? Try these tips. Also, try keeping a comfortable pair of shoes at work to wear while you're not in front of important customers or co-workers.


While the mismatched pattern look is currently trending, it has to be done right. Unless you have a keen sense for this look, we’d recommend trying to not overdo the patterns at work. It might look purposeful on the runway, but at work you risk judgment of those who don't "get it". It's better to steer clear of radical trends than to bite off more than you can chew.


Ripped jeans, graphic tees and flip-flops are comfortable clothes for your own time, but not on work time. Even if you are in a position where you don’t directly work with customers or see the general public, being too casual at work is not a statement you want to make. Just like "you are what you eat", "you are what you wear", and your attire can affect your attitude.


We’re not saying you can’t add a little color, but again, this isn’t the 80’s. For the most part, a natural look will be your best bet from a makeup standpoint. This is great news, really, because it means you can spend a lot less time fiddling with eyeshadow in the morning.

In summary, it’s best to use good judgment and dress for your workplace and location. If you work at the local hot nightspot, bearing your tattoos might be acceptable. But if you’re the receptionist at a family health clinic, maybe hiding the tat would be a good idea. And, keep in mind, being fashionable doesn't have to mean being uncomfortable. Try to strike a balance between comfort, fashion, and professionalism. Go get 'em!

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