Don't overthink it.
When it comes to fashion, summer is the “less is more” season. You can peel off all the thick coats, sweaters, jeans, and tights that have constrained your body all winter long. Your skin can, finally, breathe. There is a tiny problem, though. For those who toil away at nine-to-five office jobs, the less is more look may not fly with HR. To help you toe the line between work-and weather-appropriate and NSFW, I rounded up some conservative-enough outfit ideas, ahead. Plus, I tossed in a few styling tricks free of charge.
Give your white button-down shirt a break. Select an alternative version, like one with stripes, to keep your look fresh and elevated.
If your dress shows too much skin, simply layer a tee underneath for a more modest look at the office.
Pick a mule with a heel if you want an extra boost in height around the office (taller = more confident = more powerful, right?). The shoes pair perfectly with skinny jeans and a graphic tee.
Shed your black and navy winter blazers for brightly-colored printed ones in the summer. This small change makes a dramatic statement with an otherwise neutral ensemble.
For the lucky ladies who work in creative environments, you can get away with wearing a dress that exposes your shoulders. Choose one in a neutral color, but still have fun by pairing it with the season's latest mule heel in a feisty print.
You've chosen your one-and-done work outfit: the jumpsuit. If it's a sleeveless option, don't risk freezing in the office. Bring a light denim or leather jacket to throw over your shoulders as you peck away at your keyboard.
Save your denim mini skirts for the weekend. When it comes to your nine-to-five job, opt for a longer version. Pair with a billowy blouse and glove pumps.
Don't be afraid to shine at work in a metallic skirt. This statement piece can be dressed down with a neutral top and jean jacket.
For days when you don't want to overthink your outfit (full disclosure, this is me every day), tuck a plain top into a pair of linen trousers. Add a pop of color through accessories.
The denim button-down is an old classic. Give it new life in the summer by wearing it with busy prints.
Heels and flats are office footwear staples, but if you can swing it...why not wear combat boots? It gives a otherwise proper outfit that unexpected touch of edginess.
To make any outfit feel more feminine, add a lace piece. Take a cue from Chriselle Lim and consider layering it under a wide-leg jumpsuit.
Don't be afraid to wear bold colors or prints to the office (if it's allowed). The easiest way to inject these hues into your look is with your outerwear, pants, or accessories.
If you work in fashion, you can probably get away with wearing the sock-sandals combination, so take advantage of it. Style the look with a long-sleeve dress to prove that you know how to keep it pulled together.
Dress up your jeans with a printed top and a colorful accessory. My choice: a polka dot design—the trend is strong this season.
You can never go wrong with a silky printed wrap dress and strappy heels. This is what I call the "office to happy hour," look.
If you desire a work uniform, may we suggest this one? A blazer worn over an interesting T-shirt and jeans paired with heels will never not look polished.
Wear your favorite summer frock over your go-to skinny jeans for a casual Friday look that says "I came to work, but later I'm going to party."
The first step to mastering the art of print mixing is experimenting with the pieces you have in your closet. Start easy with a striped top and build your look from top down.
This mustard set is giving us major Clueless flashbacks. Selecting a jacket and skirt that already match takes the guess work out of creating a cohesive outfit.
Office buildings never get the temperature right. If your work space leans to the chiller side, wear a thin sweater tucked into a pencil or wrap skirt.
Summer calls for color, so bring those pastel pantsuit sets to the front of your closet. If you're feeling adventurous, test out printed sets for a meeting with your most low-key boss.
The button-down shirt and black slacks look is a little tired. Revive your top by tucking it into a flared skirt. Add that fashion-girl touch with a belt and black boots.
You say your work environment is casual? A printed wrap dress and sneakers is the laidback Friday ensemble that takes little effort to put together.
This striped top is the updated and deconstructed version of a stuffy button-down shirt. If you can get away with baring your shoulders, wear with cropped jeans and glove pumps.
To make your weekend dress work appropriate, simply slip on the most professional blazer you own. Accessorize with a belt and pair of heels for that outdoor-meets-boardroom look.