It's been 90 degrees in New York for what feels like an infinite number of days. August is a scorcher, and it's hard enough to dress for the heat without added office restrictions. Some of us are lucky enough to have jobs where almost anything goes, and short skirts and polished-looking shorts are acceptable office attire. For the rest of us, the office is a cold (literally! That A.C., though) and buttoned-up place, where legs are meant to be mostly covered in the most professional way. Here are some office-appropriate outfits to beat the heat in style.
Flared trousers + high-neck tank top.
If you work in a traditional office, wide-leg trousers are a must for tucking in fitted blouses and wearing with high heels, not to mention that they're breezier in the summer than a tight fit. Whether they're seperates or part of a suit, wear your trousers with a cute tank top (that isn't low-cut) that's fitted to contrast the wide legs. Carry your blazer or a cardigan to cover up once you're inside.
Tailored cropped trousers + loose tee tucked in + heeled sandals.
This look is sleek, polished, and sexy without trying. A great pair of straight-leg (but not skinny) trousers cropped mid-calf just above the ankle (think culottes without the a-line legs) dresses up a loose tee when it's tucked in, especially when you finish off the look with great heels. The pants shouldn't fit so close to the leg that you start to sweat, and the tee should be swingy enough to let in a breeze.
High-neck white jumpsuit + slide sandals.
Jumpsuits are so easy, and can look sleek and professional if they look tailored and don't have an elastic waist. A high neckline is a must, as showing your arms is enough in the office. Layer on a statement necklace if you so choose, but for shoes, stick with simple slide sandals or mules.
Slinky, soft black maxi dress + delicate jewelry.
Who says your breeziest maxi dress can't be worn at the office? A simple black option that isn't covered in lace or any sheer pieces is appropriate, but carry a slinky pullover sweater to wear over it and cover your arms. I would shy away from Anja Rubic's boots, however, unless you want to overheat quickly. Swap them out for a delicate heel or feminine flat sandal.
Simple midi skirt + starchy short sleeve blouse + heeled sandals.
Midi skirts can be perfect for the office if you keep them on the simple side, without frills or extra embellishment. Keep the look polished with a cropped (no visible midriff!) blouse that's starchy or buttons down. A high collar or collar buttoned to the top button looks good with the a-line skirt. Heeled sandals tie the look together and keep it looking sleek and chic.
Sleeveless button down top + breezy culottes.
Soft and breezy culottes, print optional, are your best friend this month. They're so lightweight that you won't feel like your legs are covered, but they make any look more appropriate than a short hemline. Pair yours with a sleeveless button down, tucked in if it looks too long for the culottes.
Sleeveless shell top + co ord matching pants + sandals.
Finally, the matching top and bottom co ord trend isn't going anywhere, and you can definitely wear it to work this summer. A shell top in a pretty print and matching cropped trousers in the same print look work appropriate so long as there's no cleavage or midriff showing, and you keep your accessories simple and tasteful.