Revamp your summer work wardrobe

Jul 17, 2013

It's certainly true that people tend to come alive in the warmer months thanks to getting plenty of time in the sun and the chance to wear bolder, brighter clothing and accessories. Even though you might reserve your most colorful ensembles for your time off the clock, there are ways to infuse the happier summer vibes into your work style. Here are a few outfits to test out this season:

Major maxi's
Maxi dresses are a gift from the fashion gods, as the frocks are perfect for hiding your imperfections and showing off your personal style thanks to the wide range of colors, fabrics and patterns they come in. While you might don a strapless or thin-strapped maxi during treks out with your friends, you need to make adjustments to the style for the office.

According to InStyle magazine, selecting a single-colored maxi for the office is best, since it won't be overly distracting. On the same note, opting to don a fresh, white linen or another light fabric blazer over the dress will help make it appear more polished. Complete the style with a pair of wedge sandals and a few gorgeous accessories. 

A bold summer necklace like the 2 Piece Aqua Bib Necklace And Cluster Earrings Set In Yellow Gold Tone, will provide you with the right pop of color. 

Black and white winners
Donning a black and white ensemble is always chic - whether in the office or out on a date. However, one great thing about summer is that you can show of your toned legs in white pants. 

Tight, cropped trousers are all the rage this season, giving you plenty of room to add gorgeous nude heels and a fresh manicure to the style. Actress and fashion goddess Gwyneth Paltrow recently rocked a black and white look, and copying her trend will help you climb the ranks at work. 

For this trend, pick up a pair of fitted white pants and a long-sleeved, black silk or other light fabric blouse. Add personal style points to the look with nude strappy heels and stunning gold accessories. A chic mesh bangle like the Mesh Bangle Bracelet In Yellow Gold Tone 8" is the perfect addition to the sleek and modern ensemble.

Chambray charm
'Tis the season of the chambray shirt, and yes, you can make the generally casual piece work appropriate. The trick is to pair it with a much more high-end skirt and equally as stylish accessories. 

To work this style with ease, first pick up a traditional chambray shirt, or one that boasts a summer-friendly pattern such as darker blue anchors to add a bit of personal flair to the look. Next, look for a flirty high-waist skirt in a blue and white striped pattern or even a solid neutral shade like tan or navy to complement and enhance the shirt.

Continue with the preppy, nautical style by donning summer-approved rope wedge sandals and a few water-inspired jewelry pieces. A pair of studs such as the 3.28 CT TW 18k Gold Over Sterling Silver DiamonUltra™ Cubic Zirconia Stud Pierced Earrings will help add timeless elegance to your attire, while piling on a few bangles on either wrist will also earn you major style points. 

Other trends to try
You might think you'll have your hands full with these summer trends, but there are even more to consider. Rocking a printed pencil skirt with a boat neck blouse is another style that is perfect for the office, as is a gorgeous yellow skirt and white top combo.

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