15 Summer Work Outfits That Will Get You Excited About Going Back to the Office

Polished, professional, and perfectly suited for hot temps.

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Design by Tiana Crispino

The perfect summer work outfit is all about balance—polished and professional while still keeping cool and comfortable is the ultimate goal. And though it’s been a while since we’ve had to think of any kind of work outfit, many of us are starting to re-enter the workplace, and now that summer is in full swing, the task of getting dressed up again while also ensuring you don’t overheat is no easy feat.


When assembling a summer work outfit it can be helpful to keep a few key things at top of mind: fabric, silhouette, and proportions. Linen and cotton are strong options when it comes to the texture of your clothing (avoid silk and wool at all costs, friends). As for silhouette, loose-fitted blouses and dresses that don’t cling to your skin are an easy way to achieve a formal aesthetic while keeping cool. When it comes to proportions, if you decide to go for a sleeveless blouse, consider balancing it out with a pair of linen trousers. Want to slip into a dress that’s above your knees? Wear a pair of lower heels or cute flats to make it feel more office-ready opposed to night-out—you get the idea. Ahead, 15 examples of office outfits that you can return to all summer long.

Cottagecore Moment

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Design by Tiana Crispino

Pair your favorite puff-sleeve blouse with sleek black trousers (linen, preferably) and finish off the neutral look with a colorful pair of low-heel strappy sandals. 

Fun Florals

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Reach for your favorite floral dress and team it with a pair of woven flats and delicate earrings for a look that’s elegant and versatile.

Minimalist Linen

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Linen is king when it’s hot outside, which is why a blazer and jumpsuit crafted in the fabric are smart picks. To finish, gemstone-bedecked hoops.

'90s Nod

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Indulge your nostalgic side and opt for a ‘90s-inspired office outfit featuring low-heel strappy sandals, micro florals, and a simple-yet-sleek blouse.

Sleek n’ Slouchy

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Sleek n’ Slouchy

While baggy clothing used to be associated with sloppy style, oversized fits can actually be the perfect way to feel chic in a flash. Layer a big white button-down shirt over wide-leg printed trousers and accessorize with heeled loafers.

Hero Skirt

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Sometimes all you need to feel pulled together during summer’s warmest months is a cute wrap skirt. Complete the outfit with a plain white tee and lace-up espadrilles.

Vest Trend

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If you’ve been on Instagram lately, you’ve probably noticed vests are experiencing a comeback. Translate the trend to your office attire with matching slacks and pointed-toe heels for distinctively cool look.

Parisian Vibe

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Tuck a Breton stripe tee into a denim midi skirt to give your aesthetic an air of Parisian effortlessness. Add some hoops for a sleek finish.

Hint of Prairie

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Swap out your wool trousers for high-waist linen pants and pair with a cheery gingham blouse up top. Rotate in a pair of woven flats to cement the summery appeal.

Carefree Florals

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On especially hot days, a one-and-done kind of piece—like a loose floral dress—is the ideal summer work outfit. Grab your work tote and no-fuss flats.

Bold and Modern

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Play with loud florals and unexpected colors, like slime green, to enliven your work outfit. 

Sweet and Simple

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When in doubt, a sleeveless button-down, floral midi skirt, and woven heels are a reliable combination for hot summer days spent hard at work.

It's In the Bag

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Grab a big, bold dress and balance it with a structured work bag and chic mules.

Monochrome Mood

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Monochrome outfits always look polished—try it out this summer with a bright red top and pants duo complemented by a woven bag and ballet flats.

West Coast Feels

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Lean into the relaxed mood of summer with a printed midi dress worn with wooden earrings and strappy sandals. 

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