The summer heat isn’t the only thing that’s making its debut lately; summer trends have also started to appear everywhere, and they are HOT. And the best part is: you can even wear many of them to work! Just because you’re sitting at a desk all day doesn’t mean that you can’t have a little fun with your wardrobe. You don’t have to ditch your chic pencil skirts or tailored blazers—simply amp up your style by incorporating a few key trends into your workday attire.
1. Graphic prints: This summer, we’re seeing wild designs on everything from pants to flats to long, flowing dresses. And while some of these items can be a bit too loud for work, a printed blouse or tailored skirt will bring your office attire to another level. Still too loud for you? Try pairing a printed scarf with a black or gray pantsuit for a pop of color. Or go for a bold print under your favorite tailored blazer to make any business outfit look instantly trendier while still appearing professional.
2. Stripes: When it comes to this season’s stripes, the bolder, the better. And they’re not just for the beach or boat anymore. When dressing for work, wear an elegant blouse in a neutral color with a pair of striped pants; or, if you’re feeling a little more daring, try a striped dress with a great pair of pumps (heels of 3″ or less is a good rule of thumb for most workplaces). Stripes are a fun and easy way to incorporate that classic summer style into the corporate world.
3. Neon: A touch of neon can make even the simplest outfit seem a little brighter. While you definitely don’t want to go overboard and end up looking like a road sign, little touches of neon coral or green in a belt, shoe, or bracelet are sure to stand out against a simple business outfit. Even men are catching on to the neon trend—check out Cole Haan’s neon-soled driving moccasin or boat shoe for your beau.
4. Leather: Leather can be a bit too edgy for most offices, but it has taken on a much more feminine and understated tone this summer. We’re seeing leather accents on everything from blazers to blouses, making these items trendy but still work-appropriate. Pair a tailored leather top with a dressy jacket and you’ll looked polished and stylin’.
5. Maxi: Maxi dresses and skirts are not only comfortable, but they are also incredibly chic. You can dress up a casual cotton maxi dress with a scarf, bold belt, or tailored blazer. If your workplace is a bit more formal, opt for a silk maxi skirt with a structured top and pair of wedges. You can find these skirts and dresses just about anywhere: Target has some fabulous options for Recessionistas to stay on trend and on budget.
6. 60′s glam: This summer, the sixties are making a comeback in the form of shift dresses, bright patterns, and mod accessories. This trend lends itself to chic, fitted silhouettes, making it perfectly work-appropriate. Try to incorporate a fun printed shift or a bold sixties-inspired pattern into your work wardrobe this summer; it’s a look that’s timeless, elegant, and FUN.