When Summer hits, most professional women face the conundrum of staying cool while looking appropriate for office culture.

Although your office may have designated a day for casual dress, it’s important to steer clear of dress code violations when the weather warms up.

Take a look at our office-appropriate selections for braving the summer heat with style and professionalism.

The Dress

Sundresses are the most comfortable items we own and the most common summer staple. They’re cool, flattering and depending on the style, work-appropriate. Instead of a deep plunge, opt for a dress with a pin-tucked neckline. A wrap dress is another option for staying cool, comfy and work-appropriate. Pair both with heels or wedges and cinch the waist with a colorful belt.

The Shoe

Flip Flops are for the beach. Not only do they look unprofessional but the sound of you “flopping” around the office is enough to drive some nuts. Go for strappy sandals, espadrilles or ballet flats instead.

The Suit

Mix up your power suit this summer with lighter colors. Instead of the jacket, match a bold-colored cardigan with a tan pencil skirt or pair your slacks with a lightweight blouse.

What is your go-to outfit for those summer days at work? What is the biggest faux-paux for summer office attire?

-Krystal Franklin

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  • I love this! very easy and clean cut tips. I think the key to summer office style is effortless and colorful. Easy sundresses in a bold color will set you apart as long as the silhouette is work appropriate.

  • Great tips! I think it’s important to still stay looking professional in the summer months which can be hard when its hot! Ditch the tights, wear a lightweight white shirt, a summery skirt and a classic leather bag and you’re good to go!

  • AshleyM

    Great article Krystal! I love the idea of a wrap dress but I never see them when I am out shopping. I usually wear a cute pencil skirt, nice blouse and some killer pumps for work in this 100+ degree Texas weather!