Summer in a relatively casual office is tough: You’re probably going to be tempted to break out your best little dresses, but it’s hard to make anything too bare look polished. Instead, we suggest finding key pieces you can mix and match to achieve your own version of a daily “uniform.” Scroll down below for no-fuss outfit ideas that’ll keep you looking chic at the office all summer long.
Sundresses are great, but they can lean a bit too casual for the office. Elevate the look by wearing a bright floral dress that’s both modern and super comfortable with mules and tote bag.
Tibi Dress, $850 at Tibi, 3.1 Phillip Lim Mules, $350 at Avenue 32, Mansur Gavriel Tote, $675 at Net-A-Porter
A denim skirt like this works double duty for casual days at the office and lazy days on the weekends. Paired with a wrap blouse and slides, it’s an effortless option on busy mornings.
Aritizia Top, $150 at Aritzia, Madewell Skirt, $90 at Net-A-Porter, Everlane slides, $98 at Everlane
So you have a big meeting or a special work event to go to, but you don’t want to wear a boring little black dress. This black jumpsuit from H&M with a white blazer and heels is a lot cooler, and you’ll actually wear it more than once.
H&M Jumpsuit, $35 at H&M, Mango Blazer, $40 at John Lewis, ASOS Heels, $35 at ASOS
You’ll literally never regret buying a shirtdress. This silk one from Joseph can be worn by itself, with heels or sneakers, or over pants if that’s your thing. With cute accessories like this Zara shoulder bag and easy Urban Outfitters sandals, you’ll be wearing it on repeat.
Joseph Dress, $254 at Net-A-Porter, Urban Outfitters Sandals, $69 at Urban Outfitters, Zara Bag, $89 at Zara
Instead of a plain-collared shirt, consider this contemporary version from Tome. With a flattering white bib panel on the front, it’s an unstuffy take on a staple. Wear it with dark jeans and fun gingham sandals.
7 For All Mankind Jeans, $189 at Saks Fifth Avenue, J.Crew Sandals, $178 at J.Crew, Tome Shirt, $525 at Net-A-Porter,
Culottes are still in, and they’re a perfect option for work when you get tired of jeans or tailored pants. This pair from Zara comes in an unexpected color you don’t usually see and works great with a black blouse from H&M and snakeskin mules.
H&M Top, $40 at H&M, Zara Culottes, $35 at Zara, M.Gemi Sandals, $248 at M.Gemi
This airy Sea New York dress is as comfortable as a T-shirt-dress, but a lot more polished. We like it with these Chloe espadrilles and a convertible bag.
Chloe Espadrilles, $625 at Neiman Marcus, Kara Bag, $350 at Net-A-Porter, Sea New York Dress, $255 at Sea New York
Change up your suit routine by mixing in these bright sandals from Mar and a striped blouse that’s full of character.
Genuine People Top, $119 at Genuine People , Maryam Nassir Zadeh Sandals, $296 at SSENSE, J.Crew Pants, $158 at J.Crew