Imagine having to wear suit pieces in 90+ degree weather! Some people can tolerate it (and I applaud them!), but seeing as I can’t even think about layering in hot temperatures, I must say I’m so glad I don’t work in a corporate setting.

True, some of us have air conditioning to help us out, but that little gift doesn’t cover times such as lunch breaks and walking to/from cars. And to make the summer heat worse, the working environment does not exactly allow summer-friendly apparel such as denim cut-offs and muscle tanks, and there lies the difficulty in dressing to accommodate the heat while still maintaining office appropriateness. But, if you’re like me and are not restricted to a certain uniform, you may find solace in realizing that lightweight dresses are the answer to the summer office attire conundrum!

This dress is the perfect “throw it on and go” item for summer (or any hot day, really). The length makes it appropriate for work, and the lightweight cotton fabric allows air to pass through. Similar to the also-appropriate shift dress style (love this, this, and this), the loose fit offers great comfort while the subtle structured shape upholds a polished look. It’s also conveniently versatile, allowing you to easily switch from office to casual evening with a quick swap of footwear, mainly because with such a simple dress, shoes play a huge and magical role. Here, I opted for plain but timeless black patent pumps (3.5″ and under heels are most ideal for the work environment) from Cole Haan to finish off the look. Comfortable, stylish, lightweight, and work-appropriate.

Simple but classy black patent pumps under 4″, under $100:
Via Spiga Carmen Pump
(love the chunky heel)
Vince Camuto Cassina Pump
DV by Dolce Vita Perina Pump (curved heels are the new trend!)
Loft Modern Pump
Ivanka Trump Carra Pump (on sale!)
Anne Klein Pump (extra 40% off with code FFSAVINGS)
Cole Haan Patent Pumps (extra 40% off with code FFSAVINGS)

And for the more daring…
Simple but classy black patent pumps, 4″ and above, under $100:
Topshop Gallop Pump
Joe’s Jeans Erika Pump
BCBG Cielo Pump
Sam Edelman Camden Pump
Brian Atwood Desire Pumps

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Dress: Asos (similar here and here)
Heels: Cole Haan (similar)
Bag: Michael Kors (similar)
Belt: Forever 21

Photos by Herman


12 thoughts on “SUMMER WORK

  1. I love Cole Haan pumps, they are very comfortable and great for the office setting 🙂 I love your ensemble, and wanted to ask you, what items do you add on to a dress like this when the office A/C is on full blast? I’ve been looking for some alternatives to blazers and wanted to see if you recommend any. Thanks girl! 🙂 – Lena

    • Thank you, Lena! 🙂
      That’s a good question; I can’t believe I didn’t think to address that in the post! Let me gather some favorites so I can share them in the next post.

  2. Aw, this was an extremely nice post. Taking a few minutes and actual
    effort to create a really good article… but what can I say…
    I put things off a lot and never manage to get anything done.

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