What to Wear to the Office When It’s Hot and Humid

posted: 07/20/18
by: Katie Morton

When it's steamy outside, but your office is an over-air-conditioned icebox, it can be a real challenge to figure out what to wear. You want to look professional, but you want to wear something that will keep you comfortable in all climates. Here are some outfit options that will keep you looking cool even when it's hot outside.

1. Sheer Blouse Over Tank Top


For when you need to look polished and professional in the middle of a heatwave, you can commute wearing a tank top. Then before you sit down at your desk, don your blouse. You'll look perfectly put together, no matter how rumpled and sweaty everybody else gets in the heat of summer.

2. Capris


Swap out long pants in the summer for a pair of capris. They help keep your legs a few degrees cooler on your way in and out of the office. Dress them up for work with a statement necklace, a blazer and heels.

3. Flowy Blouse


Keep cool in a flowy blouse with loose sleeves to help keep your body cool. You can dress it up or down, depending on the bottoms you choose--whether it's jeans for a casual Friday, or a pencil skirt for those days you need to give a presentation to a room full of VIPs.

4. Dressy Tank

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This tank top is way dressier than anything you'd wear to the gym or a BBQ. The look here is shown with beautiful sage green jean capris and a chunky-heeled sandal, but you could go with dressier bottoms if your office dress code calls for it.

5. Lace


Lace: the original air conditioning before it was invented. Especially if your work dress code doesn't allow you to go sleeveless, lace is a good way to cheat the system. Beautiful and elegant, it covers what it must without trapping too much body heat when it's hot enough outside.

6. Blazer, Tank, Capris, Heels


Let's take a second look at the blazer, tank, capris, and heels combo. This could become your summer work uniform. It's seasonal, professional, and cool--plus it's an easy way to create a capsule wardrobe with different top, jacket, and pant combinations.

7. Sundress and Sweater


For a classic combination that's comfortable and beautiful, pair your favorite summer dress with a cotton sweater. You'll feel and look great both in and out of the office.

8. Full Skirt


This gorgeous, pleated skirt will keep you looking fresh and cool. The colors and stripes are professional looking, and the cut is the most comfortable you'll find. No worries about overexposure as you sit, and there's plenty of freedom of movement as you walk.

9. Floral Blazer, Pleated Skirt


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When you're living in grey cubicle land, this floral blazer is a good reminder of the beauty of the season outside. Paired with this cute, pleated skirt and you're ready for however hot it gets.

10. Classic LBD


Who says you can't wear black in summer? Well, no one ever says that, at least to my knowledge. But this little black dress is sleeveless, so that a "tick" in the staying-cool-for-summer column. Paired with a leopard print shoe, it adds a bit more interest to the professionalism of the outfit.

Now we've got some fabulous ideas on how to work our summer wardrobes into several professional looks to keep cool. Our commute just got a lot more comfortable--and fashionable.