It’s inevitable that a heat wave will hit not when you’re sitting poolside with an ice cold lemonade, but when you’re running around town with an impossible schedule of business meetings. Fear not, we have a lineup of office-friendly ensembles that will help you beat the heat in style. Think structured silhouettes, bold accessories, and lots of ventilation. Prepare to invoke envious stares from the melted masses.
Stark Black and White
A double-breasted sleeveless dress looks sharp and business appropriate. Team with a perforated satchel, cutout booties and sleek sunglasses. Finish with a pop of matte color on your lips. In the fall, layer the vest over a wool minidress and ankle boots.
A midi circle skirt is ideal for the summer months because it stands away from the body. Pick a version in poppy red and pair with black accessories, a printed tank and a simple cuff. Come October you can wear it with a cashmere sweater and pointed-toe pumps.
Printed silk shorts are appropriate for the office as long as they hit at mid-thigh. Add a short-sleeved blue oxford shirt, a rose gold necklace and a white bag and mules. When the temperature drops, wear the shorts with tights, a long-sleeved top and an oversized blazer.