Summer Work Wear Solutions: 6 Looks for Right Now

Way back in the 1990s — as a child! — I had a brief career as a media relations employee at The Ohio House of Representatives. My boss was the first female Speaker of the House and she enforced a very strict dress code. I dreaded the hot summer months and wearing a suit and hosiery. It was so hot and muggy; at least I didn’t have to wear a tie. I am happy to be in retail now where, well, most anything goes.

But Washington D.C. is one of the few towns where folks really do still dress up for work. Maybe it isn’t as strict as Speaker JoAnne Davidson was back in the mid-90s, but business attire is still necessary for many, or at least business casual.

We know the key to summer work wear is layers: cute tops that look great without a jacket over them. Sometimes layering pieces can be too sheer or not have enough coverage so you feel self-conscious. But when you are walking outside for your commute or maybe you head out for drinks after work, you don’t necessarily want to have on your blazer, right? These tops are perfect:

We also have some great wrap shirts and dresses that are perfect for summer when you are inside with the air conditioning turned up and, as a result, they will  transition nicely into fall. The green outfit below from Tibi is one of my favorites this season. We have a great peplum sweater that will pair perfectly with it as well. Who knew green pants could be so cute?!

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Look 1

Top Knot Earrings by Hart
Empire Dickey Jacket by Veronica Beard
Tristen Blouse in Sage by Veronica Beard
Martin Pant in Khaki by Veronica Beard
Daniella in Patent by Sam Edelman


Look 2

Imani Top by ALC
Freidman Navy Pant by Veronica Beard
Dori in Suede by Sam Edelman
Top Knot Earrings by Hart


Look 3

Farley Dickey Jacket in Beige by Veronica Beard
Sandra Bronze Tank by Veronica Beard
Cormac Trouser in Beige Multi by Veronica Beard
Dori in Suede by Sam Edelman
Emilia Beaded Earring by Asha


Look 4

Sandra Black Tank by Veronica Beard
Freidman Pant by Veronica Beard
Anny70 Suede by Stuart Weitzman
Panra Horn Dangle Earring by Soko


Look 5

Walden Cupro Midi Wrap Dress by Tibi
Anny70 Suede by Stuart Weitzman
Tulla Statement Threader by Soko


Look 6

Chalky Drape Draped Blouse by Tibi
Snake Embossed Leopard Print Heel by AGL
Celia Pave Stud by Asha


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