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Figuring out what to wear to work in the summer is tricky. You want to be as cool as possible but you can’t exactly show up wearing just your bikini. (Unless of course you work in a very creative profession.) You also want to look summery but you don’t want your boss to think you showed up ready to go to the pool instead of a performance appraisal.

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Here are summer work outfit ideas that are appropriate for the season and for the dress code:

1. Structured DressSummer Work Structured Dress

When it is hot outside, you want to wear as few layers as possible. Dresses are your friend. Opt for structure rather than flowy dresses with excess fabric. A color-blocked style looks more professional than a tropical floral.

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2. Classic CaprisSummer Work Capris

Put a contemporary twist on the classic white shirt and skinny black capris combination by altering the color palette slightly. For a casual day, try navy capris with an ivory blouse. Add a pop of color with your accessories.

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3. Printed SkirtSummer Work Printed Skirt

Summer is all about pattern but some prints can often come across as more “holiday time” than “I’m about to go into a meeting.” You can get away with a bolder pattern if you do it moderation and choose a classic piece, such as a pencil skirt.

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4. Tailored JumpsuitSummer Work Jumpsuit

jumpsuit can be work appropriate if you choose a chic, tailored one and you work in a place where the dress code isn’t black bottoms and white shirts only. Don’t think this means you can get away with your strapless floral print romper. Save that for festivals.

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5. Longline WaistcoatSummer Work Longline Waistcoat

If you start sweating when you just hear the word “jacket,” a sleeveless waistcoat is a lighter, less sweaty alternative. It gives your outfit the right amount of structure. For a chic look, stick with a neutral color palette.

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6. Printed TrousersSummer Work Printed Trousers

Patterned trousers aren’t just for lounging around the pool. A pair of printed pants are more summery than your basic black pair. Choose a slim pair of pants with a smaller scale print, such as this geometric jacquard. You wouldn’t wear these to the beach.

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