How To Dress Business Casual When It’s Hot As Hades Outside

If you’re anything like us, the summer months have you longing for lazy days by the pool, sipping on cocktails, and soaking up the sunBut, alas, summer also means dealing with the oppressive heat – both outdoors and in the office. 

Summer is right around the corner and the heat is already in full swing, which can make it a challenge to find work outfits that are stylish, professional, and literally cool

Those of us who work from home can roll out of bed and begin the work day wearing whatever we want to, but if you have to physically show up to the office, the hot weather can make picking the right professional outfit a little tricky.

Sure, you could roll into work in a tank top and shorts, but not without raising a few eyebrows and maybe even getting a mandatory visit to the principal’s office for your “revealing attire” – the HR department.

So, while work dress codes still exist, it’s best to stay covered and play it moderately safe to avoid any hassle at your office. But don’t worry, we’ve got you mostly covered with these five office-approved looks that will keep your body temp down and keep you looking sharp all season long!

Summer Business Casual: The Basics

One of the most important things to remember when choosing office-appropriate clothing is to keep it breathable and light. Fabrics like linen, silk, and cotton are ideal for summer because they help keep you cool and comfortable in the heat. 

Another key element to consider is the colors you choose, which means minimal black and navy blues as they attract heat. Opt for lighter hues — they’re perfect for summer and can help you stay cool.

Whether you have a strict office dress code or simply want to avoid looking like you just came from the beach, these five work-appropriate summer outfit formulas will keep you relatively chill and looking put-together all season long.

The Blouse & Wide-Leg Trouser

A simple tailored blouse and wide-legged trousers can be worn during any season and is always summer business casual appropriate! When the temperature rises, you can choose short sleeves or sleeveless tops and light, breathable fabrics for the pants.

And it doesn’t have to be boring – choose a patterned top, a tie-waist or flutter sleeves to accentuate the outfit. It’s a classic look for a reason, and you can dress it up with jewelry and a bold shoe.

The Cool & Casual Dress

A simple, stylish dress is great for any day and a hot day at work is no exception. It’s a one-and-done look that you can make your own with the style and cut of the dress you choose.

The Sleek & Chic Jumpsuit

Jumpsuits came roaring onto the fashion scene and continue to stay at the forefront of style. They offer another one-step easy look with a ton of different cuts and fabrics to choose from. They’re basically fancy overalls, and we love that they can be dressed up or down for both casual and chic looks!

The Statement Skirt & Crop Top

Prints and ruffles and tiers, oh my! A statement skirt needs no introduction as it immediately announces itself. Pair your choice of skirt with a simple cropped tee shirt, a sleeveless knit or your choice of midriff-baring top and you’ve got a LOOK.

The Relaxed & Effortless Maxi Dress

The maxi dress is a summer staple that covers you from head to toe, but not in an oppressive way. These dresses are breezy and come in both elegant and casual styles – the possibilities are endless.


What do you wear to work that’s perfect for summer but doubles as business casual? Share with us in the comments!

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