HOW-TO Build Your Summer Work Wardrobe for 2016 (Great Finds From Nordstrom, Molly Bracken & LastDistrict)

Summer Work Wardrobe

Hey DivaGals! We know creating a summer work wardrobe can be challenging, especially if the weather is unpredictable. It can be difficult knowing what to wear. And then there’s the transition from that city heat outside to the ice-cold air conditioner inside. Here are some cool basics that will help you get through these muggy, humid and brilliantly sunny months.

Dresses.Dresses are your bestie friends during summer. They are so easy to wear and are an outfit in themselves. Maxi dresses can be so versatile, and you can wear them without worrying about baring too much skin. Flowing dresses will allow air to circulate and will keep you cool in the heat of the afternoon. There are some many different patterns and styles out there, you’ll definitely find something that fits your style. And you can get some great deals with Nordstrom coupons. Try finding pieces in store and online. You can snag the “African Trance” swing neck dress above at TheHut.com. Not a dress gal? How about a cute romper, that mimics dresses’ breezy feel. Try a few of these fun choices from LastDistrict.com.

Tops.  Who doesn’t love a strappy top? They are stylish and keep you feeling cool. They can be worn with pants or a skirt, and part of a suit combo. Choose cotton and natural fabrics to help keep the heat at bay. Prefer to show less skin in the office? Try a thicker strapped tank top or a light short-sleeved tee. Get the top above at hm.com.

Skirts. Skirts tend to get shorter during in summer. Not comfortable wearing a mini skirt? How about just above the knee to create the illusion of mini. One of our fave summer looks is to pair a cotton pencil skirt with a strappy top. Add a cardigan or blazer for the office, and then whip that off for drinks after work.

Trousers. Yes, you can wear pants in the summer! The key is light trousers in cotton or a cotton blend to make you feel cooler. Linen also works well, but it creases easily. You can also try a capri pant. Your ankles will appreciate the cool break. Interested in the ultimate comfort bottom? Try loose drawstring pants.

Cardigans And Jackets. You’ve just walked into an ice-frigid office building from 89-degree heat. This is where cardigans and jackets come in handy. You’ll appreciate the extra layer of warmth. Try this floral bomber from Molly Bracken. Summer rain showers? A cute rain coat is also a great choice.

Shoes. Did you know your feet sweat more in the summer, which can cause rubbing and blisters. So keep shoes as comfortable as possible. This is the time to invest in good summer shoes that are both comfortable and stylish. After all, you only wear them three months a year! Don’t forget to keep up your pedicures to make the most of sandals and flip flops.

Work Bags. We love our bags, but a heavy bag in the summer in just a no-no. Keep yourwork bags light, and avoid heavy shoulder bags and backpacks. They only act as an extra layer and can make you feel hotter. Ditch your staple black and navy tote and try a little color in the summertime! Get the bag above at www.fashionette.co.uk.

Accessories. Leave the heavy gold chains to Mr. T. In the summer, keep your accessories simple. Too many can act like additional layers and make you feel hot and sticky. Now’s the time to break out a silk scarf. They can dress up an outfit and provide extra protection against the sun.

The key to summer work wear is to combine style and comfort. Choose garments that will make you feel cooler, especially during the hottest months. And don’t be afraid to experiment with color and pattern!

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