Each year between April and August, the racks are full of summer play wear. Shorts, sundresses, swimsuits, sandals, floaty floral tops, floppy-brimmed hats. All well and good if your summers don’t include a daily trek to the office.
It’s been the same gripe for the last several years: when warm weather hits I’m struggling to put together outfits for the office that feel polished enough but are comfortable in summer temperatures. Unless one is in a strictly corporate environment, there’s more blurring of the lines than ever between “casual” and “Business Casual.” My cool-weather formula of “just throw a jacket over it” doesn’t work when summer’s in full swing and lightweight jackets are almost impossible to find.
Perhaps I’m clinging to an outmoded standard of what’s office appropriate. I have gradually shifted toward mostly softer silhouettes, but still feel best in softly structured pieces for work. Judging from some of the “Work” looks from the Nordstrom website, my assumptions about workplace attire may be lagging behind cultural norms. While many of these fall within my Business Casual comfort zone, others lean definitely more to the Casual side of the equation. Don’t get me wrong; I will wear outfits similar to some of these more casual looks to the office in a pinch, but feel that I’m pushing the boundaries when I do so. (Most of these are Fall looks, so still doesn’t solve the warm weather issue.)
What about you? Have you worked out a summer office outift formula? Has your assessment of what’s appropriate work wear changed much over the last few years?
And do go check out Visible Monday at Not Dead Yet Style, to see how everyone’s solving their summer wardrobe conundrums!
Disclosure: actions taken from some links in this post may generate commissions for unefemme.net.
Top photo source here.