In jumpsuits and SFW shirt dresses we trust.
It's a warm weather knee-jerk reaction to just go "f*ck it" and wear shorts and tanks to work when you're already sweating off all your makeup, but the happy medium *does* exist—chic business casual options that prevent you from completely melting. Ahead find 15 breathable workwear staples to save you from the cold sweats and the HR violations this summer.
A breezy shirt-dress that doesn't just look like an elongated oxford shirt. It comes with pockets, too, so you can ditch your purse during lunch hour.
Belted Shirt Dress, $115; cosstores.com.
When everything has you schvitzing (from blazers to bombers) but your conservative office doesn't exactly smile upon bare shoulders at work, wrap up with this ultra-light silk jacket you can layer over all your work faves.
Le Fou Wilfred Mercier Jacket, $298; aritzia.com.
For those that hate your average thigh-constricting pencil skirt.
High Waist Chiffon Pleated Skirt, $30; uniqlo.com.
Because nothing looks sleeker 😎 than a pair of cropped paper bag trousers with a tie waist that severely decreases your chances of sagging in the bottom area.
Trousers With Belt, $36;zara.com.
When you hate form-fitting work skirts but are still not over ruffles.
Gingham Print Skirt, $50; mango.com.
The best part about this cotton blouse? It works just as well layered over trousers in spring as it does on its own when it's hot as blazes outside.
Cotton Blouse Dress, $65; stories.com.
This options melds two super pretty trends: culottes and jumpsuits. If you've got legs for days, you'll look effortless in this with a pair of fleeky shoes. Wear a light jacket on top if you
Macchiato Print Jumpsuit, $125; stories.com.
If it's always the '90s in your heart, invest in a knit top that you can layer over everything: trousers, skirts, shirt-dresses, and tanks.
Stelen Knit Panel Top, $48; needsupply.com.
For the fashion girls in the office, boring trousers are not an option. This + chic mules = workwear gold.
Crop Wide Leg Trousers, $55; topshop.com.
When you're too poor to afford Gucci, beeline for a vintage-y floral dress like this one that looks especially elegant for office meetings and post-work drinks.
Frilled Collar Drinks, $145; stories.com.
Because subtlety's overrated, invest in a fun shift dress that'll at least give you joy on Monday mornings, as Marie Kondo would say.
Sheath Dress in Polka Dot Tweed, $178; jcrew.com.
When you're this close to wearing a tee-shirt to work, but still want to keep it *business* casual.
Short-Sleeved Silk Blouse, $70; hm.com.
The romantic sleeve details work just as well at the office as they do on a vacation abroad.
A-Line Top With Tied Cuffs, $89; cosstores.com.
This shirtdress has the bonus of looking like separates (peep the beachy tie-waist details) and it hits you at your elbow so you don't even have to bother with rolling up your sleeves if you don't want to.
Stripe Tie-Waist Shirtdress, $98; bananarepublic.gap.com.
Calling all wide-leg fiends: this airy jumpsuit will be your saving grace on hot and sweaty commutes.
Black Crane Origami Jumper, $251; needsupply.com.