Dressing professionally isn’t always the easiest, but as things heat up outside, it gets even more challenging. Sweat becomes a factor to consider when getting dressed in the morning but so does the bone-chilling office A/C.

Don’t fall victim to being uncomfortable during the best time of the year! When considering what to wear to work, we have four summer work outfits that will keep you cool even when the temps and humidity soar.


Shift dress

Second hand Vince Camuto dress

A shift dress with a looser fit is the perfect piece for hot and steamy weather. We love the vibrant and bold colors found in this NWT, Vince Camuto dress. Paying attention to accessories is the key to making great summer work outfits because you can’t rely on clothing layers to make your summer outfits interesting. We’d complete the look with a pair of strappy, neutral-colored heels and a coordinating tote large enough to fit a laptop. 


Statement pants

Second hand linen pants

Paired with a simple tank with wide straps (no spaghetti straps allowed), a pair of trousers that makes a statement will be sure to turn heads while keeping you cool. Think easy and breezy and not tight and constricting. These NWT, linen blend pants from SO will keep you cool and comfortable while keeping your outfit professional.


 Second hand statement pants


If you are looking for something a little more dramatic, these bright paper bag waist pants from New York & Co. are loud but all the rage right now. Style bonus: Vertical stripes elongate the legs, especially when paired with a heel or wedge. Of course, keep coordinating pieces and accessories neutral and simple when pairing with statement pants since the pants really do all the talking!


Pleated skirt

Second hand pleated skirt

The last thing you want to do when it’s hot and sticky outside is to wear heavy and stiff pants. A pleated skirt is the perfect solution. We like this Ruff Hewn skirt because it’s still long enough to compliment many summer work outfits, but your legs wouldn’t be baking for the sake of dressing professionally. We’d pair it with a solid tank with a tie neck and again would wear heels to keep it looking professional.


Open blazer

Second hand NWT blazer

An open blazer, like this NWT one from Harlowe & Graham, will be a key piece to keep you warm in chilly A/C. It works well for summer because it’s a light color but also is designed without buttons, which makes it look less heavy than a traditional buttoned-blazer. We’d throw this on over a patterned swing dress or a blouse and cropped trousers. Accessorize with a long, pendant necklace.

— Team reStitch


P.S. What do you wear to stay dressing professionally even when it’s hot out? Share your favorite summer work outfits and why they work on social and be sure to tag your post using #reStitch.