Dressing for work: Summer style tips for success

Here are a few tips and tricks so you don't become a fashion faux pas at the office this summer.
Dressing for work: Summer style tips for success

Dressing for work can be a chore because you have a dress code to follow yet you want to look good as well. Luckily, for summer, many companies become more relaxed with their dress code . They understand the weather can become very hot and they want employees to be comfortable.

However, this does not mean you can walk into the office in cutoff jean shorts, a tank top, and flip-flops. Here are a few tips and tricks so you don’t become a fashion faux pas at the office this summer .

Welcome, Summer

Best dress styles for summer

When it comes to dresses, there are many fun and flirty summer dresses that you may want to wear to the office. However, a many of those fun dresses are probably not appropriate for work. Here are three dress styles that will make dressing for work cool this summer:

  • Shirt Dress : This simple, easy style is great for many situations. The best part about a shirt dress is that it can be worn as a long shirt or duster with pants, giving you more style options at the office for both summer and going into fall.
  • Sleeveless Sheath : This dress is a bit more tailored and fits closer to the body than a shirt dress. A cowl neck sheath can be very chic and attractive for the office . Many sheaths already come in suiting fabrics, which helps to take the guesswork out of making them appropriate for meetings.
  • Sleeveless Shift: If you don’t want the tailored fit of the sheath for summer, the shift is another alternative. This style hangs loose from the body, skimming over your curves.

Dressing for work with skirts

You have many options when it comes to skirts for the office . Here are a few don’ts to get you started:

  • Don’t wear a skirt that falls higher than a thumb’s length above your knee (use your thumb to measure).
  • Don’t wear a skirt that falls lower than your ankles . Maxis are still popular, but if you get a maxi that is too long, you risk tripping on the hem.
  • Don’t wear body-hugging skirts.
  • Don’t wear a pleated, ruched, or flounced skirt. They are not professional looking, and many skirts in these styles tend to be short or too formal for the office .

Good skirt styles to consider:

  • Pencil skirt
  • A-line
  • Straight skirt
  • Peplum skirt

Pants that work for work

You almost can’t go wrong with pants for summer when dressing for work. Notice the use of “almost” here. You can wear relaxed-fit , boot cut, capri, wide-leg, and even stretch pant styles. Jeans can work as long as they don’t look like jeans (avoid denim and five-pocket styles). You have to be careful with stretch pants because many women tend to wear them a little too tight or body hugging. If the fabric ripples over your body then it is too close fitting.

These tips and tricks on dressing for work this summer are easy to follow. Once you browse around the stores, you will find you have plenty of options with these styles. Here is one last quick list of faux pas you don’t want to make for the summer:

  • Stay clear of gauzy fabrics. They can cling if you sweat, wrinkle easily, and appear semi-sheer if not lined.
  • Don’t wear anything sheer without a modesty piece (camisole or slip).
  • Avoid leather and suede.
  • Don’t wear overly trendy colors and graphic prints at the office; they can appear juvenile and are sometimes distracting if they are too loud.
  • Don’t wear strapless or halter tops.