Guest post by Desiree Moore.
Whether you’re an office fashion icon or just getting by on that winter wool skirt sans tights (don’t think we haven’t noticed), summer is a great time to make yourself over, even if just in subtle ways. And renewing a few staple summer wardrobe pieces is a great place to start.
Here are seven items your professional wardrobe cannot do without this summer:
Invest In A Summer Suit
In order to be a successful lawyer, among other things, you have to dress the part. Whether you routinely meet with clients, or step up in court, or sit behind a desk all day drafting, it’s a good idea to invest in a great suit or two every season. The good news is you don’t have to spend a lot of money to look fresh and professional and put together.
Summertime calls for a summer suit, and we’re loving this grey stretch cotton pinstripe skirt suit from Ann Taylor. This suit is classic, nicely tailored, and lightweight. It’s affordable, too, which is a bonus when you’re buying seasonal pieces.
If you’re looking to add more than one suit to your summer wardrobe, this three-quarter sleeve tweed suit is slightly untraditional but professional nonetheless, and versatile. You can mix and match the pieces (try the skirt with this mint silk blouse) and build some interest into an otherwise straightforward wardrobe.
Pay Homage To Summer With A Cap Sleeve Dress
We are not fans of wearing anything sleeveless to the office. For reasons that can be discussed some other time, flashing a full bare arm should be reserved for nighttime – or the beach. Of course, in the summer, long sleeves are not particularly desirable either.
Instead, opt for a cute cap sleeve dress. The cap sleeve covers just enough arm to be professional, while still paying homage to summer. This 4.Collective coral dress was featured on the House of Marbury blog a few weeks ago, and it is hands down one of our favorite summer pieces. This blush-tone sheath, also by 4.Collective, is another fabulous option – chic, fashion forward, office appropriate. More importantly, it’s the perfect day-to-night dress for summer.
Opt For A Breezy Flare Skirt
Save the pencil skirt for winter. This summer, opt for a breezy A-line skirt. Just because you’re in the office doesn’t mean you can’t indulge in the (theoretical) breeze in the summer air.
This summer, go for this statement cotton blend A-line skirt from M Missoni. Pair it with a navy silk button up and a low bun for a chic look. It’s an investment, but you can’t really put a price on feeling office-sleek and bold (though it’s admittedly a little much for a conservative office). For a more affordable – and less out-there option – this Theory A-line skirt is sweet, and perfect for a wardrobe pick me up.
Buy That Coveted Silk Blouse
A lightweight silk blouse for summer is the perfect office attire pick me up. And, this summer, there are so many gorgeous ones out there. Try this simple tapered Joie blouse in a beautiful summer blue. Pair with black straight leg pants or a beige pencil skirt for an easy look.
Try A Sleek Peep Toe Pump
There’s not a lot of room to play when it comes to office-appropriate shoes. Even when you are pushing the envelope a little bit as far as your attire, you don’t want to venture too far when it comes to shoes. Try a sleek peep toe pump for summer. This nude platform pump by Marc Fisher is a nice option. It has a lovely, feminine cut out detail to balance out the super high heel. Whatever you do, keep the toesies to a minimum.
Throw On A Statement Necklace
Office conservative doesn’t mean office boring. If nothing else, your summer wardrobe deserves a pick me up with a gorgeous necklace like this Mermaid Necklace from Banana Republic. You don’t have to spend a fortune by any means – in fact, costume jewelry often does the trick – to make a bold statement. And even in a conservative office, feel free to be a little adventurous with your accessories.
Now that you’re in this season’s best, try to get outside a little bit. Happy summer!
Desiree Moore is an attorney, author, and speaker. She is the co-founder of House of Marbury, a fashion and style blog for women lawyers.