What to Wear to Work: 11 Cute Summer Outfit Ideas

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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.


T-Shirt Dress



A T-shirt dress should be a staple in your summer work wardrobe. It’s comfortable, lightweight, and super easy to dress up or down. For a more casual look, throw on a pair of strappy sandals, and layer on a field vest, as Kendi of Kendi Everyday did. Office a bit more formal? An oversized blazer and statement necklace is a killer combination to instantly amp it up.


Pencil Skirt



Christine of Hello Fashion rocks an updated take on this office staple. Pencil skirts are huge this season, especially in bright colors and bold patterns. Teamed with a simple button-up blouse or camisole and modest-height heels, this look is sure to keep you looking cool. Hint: Look for a length that hits just below the knee.


Shorts Suit



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.


A-Line Dress



A universally flattering silhouette, the A-line dress is a sure winner for a warm work day. The bold stripes that Blair from Atlantic-Pacific wears are on-trend for summer. Nude pumps or strappy heels complete the look.


Tea-Length Skirt



Similar in style to the A-line dress, a tea-length skirt is an easy, breezy summer look for the office. Balance the full silhouette with a fitted blouse, as Kim of Lace and Locks did. A pair of nude heels—sandals or pumps—will elongate your legs.


Military Jacket



Update your work wardrobe and swap a blazer for a military jacket this summer. Layer a lightweight style in an army green or tan over a summer dress for extra coverage. We love the way Julie from Sincerely Jules rocked hers over a tank dress.


Wide-Leg Pants



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.





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



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



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.





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.