Summer Work Outfits: Solving the Hot Outside, Cold Inside Dilemma Summer Work Outfits: Solving the Hot Outside, Cold Inside Dilemma
Summer Work Outfits: Solving the Hot Outside, Cold Inside Dilemma Summer Work Outfits: Solving the Hot Outside, Cold Inside Dilemma

Summer Work Outfits: Solving the Hot Outside, Cold Inside Dilemma Summer Work Outfits: Solving the Hot Outside, Cold Inside Dilemma

June 20, 2017 // fashion· style

Two summers ago, The New York Times published a scathing report that yes, offices temperatures are freezing and yes, it’s all men’s fault. Moral of the story: the “hot outside, cold inside” dilemma is all too real, and super challenging to dress for on a daily basis.

Also real: what we’ve dubbed the “PR Girl Uniform” in my office. Luckily, this formula works for pretty much any industry with a casual office dress code and can be worn all summer long. It solves the summer work outfits conundrum pretty well and is almost stupidly simple.

The secret summer work outfits formula? Dress + jacket.

See? So easy! You can switch up your dresses and jackets for different combinations, or throw on a different topper (like a kimono or lightweight loose cardigan) if you’re feeling really adventurous. Simple formulas can still be stylish… my black mock neck dress and duster jacket combination reads very differently than a sundress and denim jacket pairing. The formula even works in more conservative offices. Throw a lightweight blazer over a shift jacket and boom, you’re business casual.

Take a peek at some of the different ways style bloggers put the “dress + jacket” formula to work:

Ready to try it out? Shop some of my favorite summer dresses, plus jackets to top them off, below:

How do you solve the summer work outfits problem?

Images: Cheetah is the New Black, Who What Wear (1, 2), Lulus, Carly Cristman