With the changing seasons comes a changing wardrobe. As summer comes back around sweaters go into hibernation, boots crawl into back corners of the closet, and knitted scarves and hats move themselves to the top shelves to await the return of fall.
Pre-work force, this change in wardrobe is welcome, and even celebrated, but once you start having to go to work every day, it can be very stressful. Most women do not have the unlimited closet that we all dream of, therefore most women are still wearing their winter work clothing in the summer. Not only is this especially uncomfortable, but it also means that you look like winter every day. Winter fashion generally consists of more muted neutrals and sometimes, like this past winter, all about black. Summer, is quite the opposite. Therefore, the question remains, how should we dress ourselves for the office in the summer?
Start it all off with a laptop in a bright color. Remember, the bag doesn’t have to match what you’re wearing; in fact, it’s more fun if it doesn’t. Carrying this fun, and vaguely mismatched laptop bag with you, will automatically inject summer playfulness into your outfit.
The fundamental step in all work appropriate clothing is separates. Instead of buying 74 different outfits that you have to rotate through, you can save your wallet with only three or four suits (pants or skirt, that’s up you) and maybe a couple dresses. With only three or four suits you can come up with, at a minimum 9 to 16 different outfits, and that’s only if you’re wearing the same shirt every day (which you presumably will not do)! Remember, that the summer suits that you do buy should be in a light fabric.
Don’t bother buying a wool suit for the summer time, even if it is the right color, because it will still leave you feeling hot and uncomfortable. The best fabrics for a summer suit are the ones that breathe; cotton, linens, or even wool blends (just nothing that is 100% wool). This way, not only will you look fashionable, you will also feel comfortable.
Stick with neutrals for your separates. For most people this means black, brown, and grey, which are perfectly fine for the winter, but they are actually not the only neutrals available. The neutral colors are actually all the colors the show up on that color wheel you had to learn in elementary school. Therefore, a neutral color can be red, blue, green, or even purple.
This is not to suggest that you should necessarily where these colors in their brightest, most rainbow-like, manifestations, but a sky blue or periwinkle suit can be just as flattering as your black one. To keep your outfit office appropriate you should wear those more basic neutrals in your accessories. This is the opposite of dressing for the office in winter when you should inject color into a black suit. Wear a teal suit with a white camisole or a violet suit skirt with a grey top and leave off the jacket. The possibilities are endless!