Sweet Summer Style

Just because your office is conservative doesn't mean that your workday wardrobe has to be stuffy. This summer, jazz up your professional attire with bold colors, unique textures and interesting accessories.

1Brilliant-business-plan-topHello, yellow

Instead of a plain white blouse, wear yellow this summer. Yellow can be bold and bright or a little more subdued. Some shades of yellow can be difficult to wear: Pale yellow can wash out light complexions, while golden yellow can look a little funky on those with pink undertones. Just give yourself a good look in the mirror before buying a new yellow piece. One blouse that we love is the Brilliant Business Plan Top in gold from ModCloth. At less than $35, this top is the perfect partner for your pencil skirt this summer.

2Lovely linen

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White linen trousers can add a touch of summer style to your office wardrobe. Look for a pair of linen pants in a menswear-inspired cut and team them up a navy blazer for a professional look with a nautical flavor. White linen trousers also work well with a black ruffled blouse and classic black pumps, or with a breezy floral chiffon top and wedge sandals for a more casual look. You don't have to spend a fortune on linen pants, either: These Worthington flat front pants from JC Penney are priced at only $44. Add the matching belted linen jacket ($60) to create a crisp, white summer suit.

3Pretty in prints

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Add a little pizazz to your office attire with soft prints. Pair knee-length (or just above) skirts in floral prints with your favorite blouses and short-sleeved sweaters. We love the Beneath the Windmills cotton skirt with its watercolor print tulips, beautiful drape and flattering A-line shape. At less than $40, this adorable skirt is a fantastic buy.

Details, details

A simple piece can go from drab to fab with a few special details, such as bold jewelry or bright accessories. For example, change out the buttons on your skirt, blouse or blazer for large, unique or vintage-inspired buttons for a completely different look. Top a simple sheath dress with a print jacket, wear a floral clip in your hair, or carry a glossy patent handbag to add some oomph to your look.

Go beyond the blue suit this summer. Your ordinary work wardrobe can become extraordinary this summer with little effort at all.

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