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What to Wear to Work: 11 Cute Summer Outfit Ideas

We're all just trying to find that perfect balance between staying as cool as possible and still looking work-appropriate for the hot summer months, right? It can be hard. Lucky for you, we've scoured our favorite blogs and curated a list of our favorite looks. Read on and take note of what to wear to work in the summer.

Shorts Suit

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A short suit is a playful take on the traditional work wear for summer. Look for shorts with scalloped hems and avoid anything too short. Remember the finger rule your mother taught you? Use it: If your fingers touch your skin when your arms are relaxed at your sides, the shorts are too short. A pastel monochrome palette, like Helena of Brooklyn Blonde's baby blue, is on-trend for summer and looks great paired with a white top.

Wide-Leg Pants

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Can't get away with showing legs at the office? No worries: Wide-leg trousers are a huge trend this summer, and they're breezy to boot. Check out the way Julia from Gal Meets Glam styled hers with a button-up and wedges. Fabrics such as cotton and linen are the most breathable.


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A shirtdress is a professional yet playful look for summer. Look for opaque whites, light blues, and simple patterns. We love the way Emily from Cupcakes and Cashmere belted hers to give it a more structured shape. Keep the rest of the look simple with strappy heels and dainty jewelry.

Denim Shirt

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Layering is essential for a summer workday look, and a denim shirt is comfy, classic, and versatile. It can be worn over a summery dress, as Bethany from Snakes Nest did, or tucked into a pencil skirt with a statement necklace. Add a belt to an oversized-shirt-and-dress combo to give shape.

Gingham Button-Up

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Rachel from Pink Peonies paired a gingham button-up with a neutral skirt. Gingham print in navy or black is a huge trend for summer and transitions well into fall. Keep it casual in flats for the office and add a pair of heels and a statement necklace to dress it up for after-work plans.


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Finding breathable shoes for the summer office can be a tricky task, especially if you aren't one for heels. Espadrilles were one of our favorite trends in the spring, and, lucky for us, they're here to stay all summer. Play up any outfit with a printed pair, or keep it simple in black-and-white chevron stripes as Sara of Collage Vintage did here.

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