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Professional work outfits for when it’s 90° plus

Elizabeth Mitchell is a freelance fashion and beauty writer living in Los Angeles. A graduate of New York University, she regularly contributes to The Fashion Spot, The Luxury Spot and authors the Star Style column for StyleBakery Teen. ...

Chill out at the office

Whether you work in a big corporate office where the air conditioner is always blasting or you’re practically sweating your butt off at your desk 24/7, don’t worry, you can still learn to keep your cool in any office environment by layering up and picking weather-appropriate work outfits.

Obligated to wear a suit to work? Instead of thick wool pants and a heavy blazer, try a simple white sleeveless blouse tucked into a beige stretch cotton pencil skirt, and keep the matching jacket on hand for morning meetings or just to warm up indoors. Open-toe pumps, pretty pearl earrings and a summer-ready satchel will ensure you’re dressed for success (and the warm weather).

Polished Summer Work Outfit

J. Crew Thompson Blazer (Jcrew.com, $178); J. Crew Pencil Skirt (Jcrew.com, $110); H&M Sleeveless Blouse (HM.com, $18); Victoria's Secret Peep-Toe Pumps (Victoriassecret.com, $59); Rebecca Minkoff Mini Perry Tote (Shopbop.com, $260); Henri Bendel Debutante Pearl Stud Earrings (Henribendel.com, $48)

Jersey wrap dresses are by far our favorite summer staple. Not only do they look pretty and polished at the office, but they’re very figure-flattering, easy to throw on in a rush and non-clingy too, which means you won’t be working up a huge sweat on your commute. Step into some open-toe sandals to help you beat the heat while still staying chic. And, of course, remember to stash a cotton cardi in your desk for those days when the air conditioner is on full blast. A cute and colorful laptop briefcase is the ideal summer accessory to complete your look.

Summer Work Outfit

Eliza J Polka Dot Jersey Faux Wrap Dress (Nordstrom.com, $118); McKlein River Forest 15.4-in. Laptop Briefcase (Kohls.com, $190); Pour La Victoire Tifara Sandals (6pm.com, $176); Dorothy Perkins Pale Blue V-Neck Cardigan (Dorothyperkins.com, $28); Athra 14K Gold-Plated Aqua & Smoky Resin 4-Stone Ring (Jcpenney.com, $50)

When it comes to your warm weather work wardrobe, why not take a look on the bright side? This bold colorblock skirt will keep you cool as a cucumber in sweltering hot temps. Plus, unlike a fitted pencil skirt, it provides plenty of breathing room so your legs don’t get all hot and bothered. Style it with a thin (but definitely not see-through) tee and metallic pointy-toe flats for a sophisticated office look that’s playful and professional all at once. A beaded statement necklace and intense coral lipstick will let everyone know you mean business.

Bold Summer Work Outfit

Colour Block Midi Skirt (Frontrowshop.com, $50); T by Alexander Wang Classic Jersey T-shirt (Theoutnet.com, $43); Halogen Kylie Flat (Nordstrom.com, $53); You Bijou Necklace (Modcloth.com, $25); VC Signature Roma Hobo (Shoptheshoebox.com, $230); TOPSHOP Lips in Ditsy (Topshop.com, $16); Vince Camuto Two-Tone Asymmetrical Pyramid Hinge Bracelet (Lordandtaylor.com, $18)

Hot summer days call for easy-breezy outfits. To avoid looking like you stepped straight off the beach though, opt for cool cotton-linen pants in a dressier style, like these high-waisted chambray-hued trousers, paired with a summery silk top and on-trend nude and gold T-strap wedges. Because darker colors tend to absorb more sunlight, and in turn, make you feel hotter, it’s best to stick with clothes in paler hues whenever possible. Grab a lightweight blazer to throw on over top of your tee in case an impromptu meeting with your boss pops up or a client wants to take you to lunch. It’s always better to be safe than sorry.

Summer Work Outfit

MSGM Cotton-Linen High-Waisted Pants (Stylebop.com, $245); Tibi New York Silk Printed Blouse (Boutique1.com, $310); ALDO Chiesina Wedges (Aldoshoes.com, $100); Isabel Marant Lisa Stretch-Cotton Twill Blazer (Theoutnet.com, $192); Charles & Keith Structured Tote (Charleskeith.com, $79)

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