When the weather warms up, dressing for the office gets a bit more challenging. Even though our workplace is on the casual end of the Business Casual Spectrum, it’s still an office environment and I want to look appropriate should I need to attend a meeting or get a visit from the boss. If it’s just too darn hot for a jacket, I’ve found that a collared shirt (especially one with a crisp graphic print) looks “business-y” enough. What works for me is a softer and more drapey version. I’ve had my eye on this Theory blouse for a while, and when I saw it had been marked down 40% during the Nordstrom Half-Yearly Sale, I pounced.
Some may quibble with the jeans as being too casual here and having seen the photographic evidence, I’d be inclined to agree. Or maybe you’re in one of those No Denim!! offices. You could just as easily swap out a pair of slim dark ankle pants like the J.Crew Minnie or the Eileen Fisher crepe and take the polished factor up a notch. A pencil skirt could work too. Others may quibble with the fact that I don’t tuck in my shirts. Unlike the jeans, it’s a comfort thing for me, and non-negotiable.
With such a dramatic print, I wanted to keep the accessories simple and minimal….
…and the footwear bright. These J.Crew “Viv” flats are from last year, and really add such a nice color pop. (A note on the Viv’s…this style runs small, so size up 1/2 to a full size. I’m normally a size 7 and in this shoe I wear an 8.)
Do you have a shortcut or formula for warm weather office dressing?
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