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Dressing for the office is already a challenge in and of itself without the added factor of sweltering summer heat. You don’t have to remain covered up however to keep it office-appropriate, when you stick to a few wardrobe essentials to get the job done.

With the help of lighter fabrics, proper ventilation and breathable silhouettes, you’ll be able to stay classy and comfortable in the boardroom all season long. Read on to learn about the 5 key pieces to wear to work to get you through the summer days.

#1 The Cotton or Linen Blazer

How to dress for the office in summer is all about the fabrics. Swap out your heavy wool blazer for a lightweight linen or cotton one. Pair with a skirt or over a knee-length dress for optimal comfort.

Shop this style from FRAME Denim, $328.00

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#2 The Shirt Dress

You’ll find yourself reverting back to this piece all summer long. It’s breezy silhouette means no tight fabric clinging to your leg and it’s chic-natured styling keeps you looking effortlessly polished.

Shop this style from Equipment, $430.00

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#3 The Cropped Trouser

Yes, you can wear pants in the summer, but you’ll want to select styles with as little coverage as possible. AKA The Crop. In addition, look for trousers in lightweight fabrics (such as linen) and less-restrictive cuts so that nothing clings to your skin.

Shop this style from Joseph, $335.00

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#3 The Dressed Up Tee

A casual cotton tee can go a long way in your office wardrobe, and it’s light wight fabrication makes it a sale for hotter temperatures. Keep it more formal by styling it tucked into a skirt or trousers.

Shop this style from The Great, $95.00

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#5 The Flowy Skirt 

Switch out your pencil skirts in summer for a more flowy silhouette. Think A-line, ballerina, pleated etc. Paired with a classic button down or thin knit show sleeve top, and you’re office in minutes.

Shop the style from Golden Goose Deluxe Brand, $600.00

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#6 The Vest

Vests can be corporate and comfortable at the same time. Think of them as your summer suiting options. Pair with a trouser, over top dress or with a skirt and you will be cool all day long without having to compromise your professional image.

Shop this style from Theory, $150.00

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