With the temperature rising, it is difficult to dress in your normal business casual attire, and even more tempting to start shedding layers, which unfortunately often can lead you to looking less than professional. Keep up your professional appearances this summer by following our easy tips to stay cool in the office.

 

MICHAEL Michael Kors Ikat Print Pleat Maxi Skirt (www.nordstrom.com)

MICHAEL Michael Kors Ikat Print Pleat Maxi Skirt (nordstrom.com)

Long Skirts. Long skirts will keep you cool, but they are long enough to be modest. On the weekends, you might pair them with a crop top or tank, but in the office try to find a lightweight t-shirt or a silky top. They will look professional and cool without having to wear a cardigan in the hot heat.

 

We love this maxi skirt from Nordstrom. At work, we would pair this skirt with black flats or some black pumps to make it more workplace friendly.

 

 

 

 

Belted Eyelet Hem Cotton Blend Shirtdress (www.nordstrom.com)

Belted Eyelet Hem Cotton Blend Shirtdress (nordstrom.com)

Shirt Dresses. The best of both worlds, this closet essential combines a classy button up with a flirty dress. Wear a shirt dress with a brown belt and add some jewelry, and you will be ready to go to work with almost no effort.

 

We love pairing this look with a clean ponytail and rolled up sleeves. This Belted Eyelet Hem dress from Nordstrom is a great basic shirt dress. The hemline detailing adds a fun twist to this classic look

 

 

 

 

Tailored Shorts (www.myfashionlife.com)

Tailored Shorts (myfashionlife.com)

Shorts. Yes, you read that right. We said shorts. Just because you are at work, doesn’t mean you have to avoid your summer staples. You can still wear shorts, just make sure you make them appropriate. Though we would never recommend your jean cutoffs, you can wear your pleated shorts to work with a mid-height heel and a simple blouse. As long as they are long enough, tailored shorts can actually be more professional than skirts.

 

 

Women's Linen Pants (www.oldnavy.com)

Women’s Linen Pants (oldnavy.com)

Linen Pants. Linen pants are not just for vacations to tropical places. They can also be worn to work to keep you cool and put together. Try slim fit styles, instead of baggy styles you may have stored away for beach trips.

 

Paired with flats instead of sandals and a blouse, these Old Navy linen cropped pants are great for a business casual office. What is even better about these pants is that they are only $22. You might find yourself buying them in multiple colors to wear to the office every day of the week.

 

 

 

Overall, try mixing your usual favorite styles with lighter weight fabrics. Silk, linen, and viscose are great options that keep you cool and also look good. Also, remember to think vertically. As long as your hemlines are long enough and your neckline is high enough, it is easy to incorporate summer clothes into the office. A nice dress can easily be dressed up with heels and jewelry to be worn at work.

 

Let us know what your favorite looks are to wear to the office in the summer. Comment below or tweet me @LydiaYekalam