Summer season calls for carefree looks and lightweight clothing, but if you’re adhering to a business casual dress code this season, you’ll need to exercise some discretion over the season’s hottest trends. Summer fashion trends include short minidresses, cropped pants and halter tops designed to show off your tan and keep you cool, but most of these pieces won’t even make the cut for your business casual wardrobe.
Stock up on linen pants that you can press for a pulled-together look. Linen pants in darker colors are a great substitute for your usual black office pants and skirts, and can create a semi-professional look when you pair them with a fitted blouse. Just make sure they’re clean and pressed, and wear a pair of ballet flats or closed-toe shoes to complete the ensemble.
For tops, try some of the season’s loose and billowy caftan or dolman sleeve blouses . These work especially well with a pair of cropped pants that fall below the knee – the perfect business casual office look! These tops will keep you relaxed, and give you that playful summer look without breaking the dress code.
If you prefer to wear a skirt, look for the frock-inspired skirts and pair it with a fitted blouse or V-neck tee for a cute and fun look. These skirts are great for summer, and can be paired with some closed-toe ballet flats or other closed-toe shoes to create a pulled-together look.
If your office dress code permits sleeveless tops, don’t think this means you can throw on the halter top or ruffled tank tops just yet. Sleeveless can still be conservative for the business casual setting if it’s a polo neck top, or a sleeveless vest that’s layered with a high-neck camisole or t-shirt. Be careful about how much skin you’re showing when you’re in the office environment, and stick with the more modest styles whenever you can.
It can be tricky to make sure you’re abiding by the company dress code over the summer season, but there are plenty of clothes and accessories that do make the cut for business casual. When you choose to wear linen pants, oversized blouses, and well-cut sleeveless tops, you can stay attuned to the season’s trends and enjoy a more relaxed look without breaking the rules!