OUTFIT IDEAS — 4 Easy, Inspiring Office-Friendly Looks To Survive Summer In

Sometimes it can be hard to maintain the look you like when the temperatures start to crank. In a perfect world, we’d live by the pool in bikinis and lightweight cover-ups or to stay inside in your air-conditioned home in pajamas, but the reality is: The world still turns and we still have to go to work, even when we want to just relax. But summer style isn’t as elusive as you may think if you take a few simple staple and reimagine them for the office. From a lightweight cardigan and floral skirt to a patterned dress and some tropical pants, we’ve dreamed up the outfits that will serve as your uniform through Labory Day. From the colorful to the black and white, these looks can heat up your wardrobe without heating up your body temp. They may not be bikinis and cover-ups, but trust us: These outfits are the next best things.

» The Dress: Pick a dress in a bold print full of rich colors and pair it with soft pastel patterns with more business-minded tones like black for your accessories to keep this look from being too sweet.

THE SHOPPER: Boat neck printed dress, $60 at Zara. Large wallet, $4 at H&M. “Aenarla” pumps, $90 at Aldo.

» The Cardigan: Just because temperatures are rising above 100 degrees, doesn’t meant you need to write off cardigans. This one from Antheopologis uses an oversized lase pattern, leaving room for your body to breathe and for your simple outfit to stand out. Paired with a basic tee and flowy pants, it’s just the right amount of dressy.

THE SHOPPER: “Deluna” cardigan, $98 at Anthropologie. Karen Scott short-sleeve scoop neck tee, $11 at Macy’s. Liz Claiborne print soft pants, $20 at JC Penney.  Kelsi Dagger Brooklyn “Bowery” peep-toe mule, $130 at Urban Outfitters.

» The Skirt: A graphic rose print like this one from Kate Spade is a youthful take on red roses. Show your Fourth of July pride with a subtle red, white and blue look.  And these navy Rachel Zoe sandals? To die for.

THE SHOPPER: Crinkle frill vest, $24 at Topshop. Kate Spade New York rose print pencil skirt, $328 at Bloomingdale’s. Rachel Zoe “Gracie” sandals, $234 at Zappos.

» The Pants: Ground a pair of printed ankle-length trousers with a slouchy tee that’s forgiving in all the right places. If your office culture’s style is a tad bit more dressy, swap a button-down in for the tee. And in the days leading up to a holiday like The Fourth, tons of running around trying to beat the clock is inevitable — these cheery flats from Cole Haan are equal parts functional and fashionable.

THE SHOPPER: “The Pixie” skinny ankle pants, $35 at Old Navy. Lush Cuff woven tee, $34 at Nordstrom. Cole Haan “Manhattan” ballet flats, $100 at Zappos.

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About Christine Elizabeth Cauthen

My name is Christine, and I love all things music, writing and fashion. I'm a graduate of the University of Missouri with a major in magazine editing and a minor in Sociology. I love to read, watch documentaries about the ocean and have stimulating conversations with friends. Say hello.

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