While the season still permits, we think it's time you put your shorts to work on that 9-to-5 grind. A pencil skirt, a sleek dress, and ankle-cut trousers are easy office options, but listen, it's hot out and we're really into the idea of keeping our work wardrobe as simple and as skin-baring as possible — without getting HR involved. To prove that shorts can be just as professional as your most modest black sheath, just look to our six styling combos here. If you wear a bolder print on top, keep it tailored and neutral on bottom. If you opt for a more casual pairing (think denim and beige), then punch up the final look with eye-catching accents and a heeled sandal. If you want to take on a more retro bow-tie bib-front top vibe, play up your quirky sensibility with another nod to alternative silhouettes via menswear-inspired pieces. Ready to make the shorts-and-blouse combo work for you? Keep clicking.
The fact of the matter is, it's too hot outside to even think about wearing heels to work. Cue our palpable gratitude for this Summer's cutest flats, which have provided us with 15 shoe-in solutions for our most polished and most laid-back work outfits. If your office environment expects a professional approach to dressing, try a slick take on the tasseled loafer. If your job happens to value daring styling moves, opt for a metallic gladiator sandal or a digital-print smoking slipper. Or if you're looking to put a sophisticated spin on your casual Friday wares, seek out a strappy neutral-toned sandal. Don't sweat it, we've got you covered on the nine-to-five front — just click through to shop your favorites now.
Sticky suits, slacks, and long-sleeved button-downs are a surefire way to feel the heat in high Summer. So, while the office requires a certain dress code, there are a few ways to update and refresh your working wardrobe to keep you from sweltering. We found 15 stylish solutions to keep you appropriately outfitted for work, without feeling stuffy. Think fresh prints, sleeveless blouses, and platforms with a bit of a color kick to get you started — click through to get inspired and shop our editor's picks.
The scene: you're getting ready for work, open your closet, groan, and pull out the same old boring black pants and white shirt look. Again. Adding more stylish elements to your work wardrobe can seem intimidating, especially if you're looking to the runway for trend cues and styling tips. Balancing professionalism with style isn't as hard as you think. The secret is moderation, and honing in on one easy piece that can transform your look. We took five Spring runway looks and interpreted them for work. Click the slideshow to get our tips, and shop our key pieces. If you like our pieces and want more styling tips, just like this story and tell us what your biggest work wardrobe challenge is!
It's extra rewarding when you find a chic but versatile dress that can function at all sorts of occasions. We love the simplicity, color, and subtle drape of this Topshop sheath dress ($95), and the price makes it a smart buy. Check out our styling tips for how to wear this sheath to the office, on a date, and to a casual Sunday brunch.
I fell in love with this Lucky editorial showing a colorfully clad gal getting out of a taxi, looking ready to rock her day job. I get out of a lot of taxis too (of course, also rocking my day job), but I'm usually clad in black, gray, or white. It gets boring. In their Pre-Fall collections, Diane von Furstenberg and Nina Ricci showed color in work-ready outfits, and it's a totally bold and refreshing way to go to work. Our favorite look: try a knee-length red skirt ($109) with a minty green top ($19) and either go all the way with blue pumps ($50) or scale back with a nude shoe.