What to wear to work is an age-old question, and when summer rolls around, it can seem even more complicated. Unfortunately, the workweek doesn’t stop when the temperatures become brutal, and humidity is high. It isn’t necessary to sweat through the workday. What to wear to an office type of setting varies from job to job, but some workwear isn’t practical for summer temps. Find out how to dress professionally in summer without compromising the dress code or sacrificing practicality, thanks to Mood’s free sewing patterns and gorgeous fabrics.
General Summer Workwear Tips:
- Wear natural materials and light fabrics like light cotton and linen. These fabrics are light enough for wear when it’s blazing outside.
- Other fabrics fit for summer business attire include lightweight wool and chambray
- The weight and weave of your workwear is important. Lightweight, breathable, and loosely woven weaves work best for beating the heat. Try chinos and a button-down or a polo shirt.
- If you must wear a suit, go for an unlined or partially lined blazer or sportscoat.
- A vest or waistcoat are alternatives for a formal blazer that offer a professional look without being quite as much commitment. A waistcoat works well with chinos and allows for a lot of color combinations.
- An undershirt may sound counterproductive, but it will actually wick sweat away and prevent sweat stains.
- Wear white and lighter colors (baby blue, gray, yellow, cream, etc.) that reflect light to keep cool.
- When possible, reach for short sleeve and sleeveless blouses and dresses. Loose-fitting tees with a flattering neckline are a great option to wear under a blazer.
- Cropped trousers, tailored shirts, and palazzo-style pants work for office attire when styled with a blazer or blouse.
Business casual or business professional looks can be summer-friendly without letting standards slip. Invest in fabrics, pieces, and colors that work with you in the summer heat instead of against you. The more summer-friendly your workwear is, the better. It’s definitely possible to have the best of both worlds. Just use the tips above for smooth sailing!