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18 Women Share Their Summer Work Outfits

It’s not easy to get dressed up for work in summer. You want to wear something that’s going to keep you cool during your commute, warm in your freezing office, and take you from your desk to al fresco drinks—all while sticking to an office dress code. That’s a tall order. Consider the fact that many of us are already dragging our feet on the way back into the office, and you’ve got a recipe for a very unhappy morning routine. To help you feel good about your work ’fits, and to make your week a little easier, we asked 18 women from various industries to share what they like to wear when temperatures start to rise. These women are all professionals, from fashionistas to investment experts, and even our editor in chief. Here’s what they had to say about how to dress for work in the summer.

Nina Garcia is ELLE Editor in Chief

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“I love color for the summer. My go-to office piece is a dress, worn with flat sandals—I’ll change into high heels for the evening to dress it up. Another work outfit formula I revert to a lot during warm weather is a white, black, or blue button-down shirt with an embellished skirt. If I’m going straight from the office to a dinner, I might switch out the shirt to something dressier—like a silk blouse—or add a jacket. This summer, I’m also looking forward to accessorizing with some fun, colorful pieces.”

Sivan Paisley Asymmetric Midi-Skirt

Sivan Paisley Asymmetric Midi-Skirt

Duo Strap Leather Sandals

Duo Strap leather sandals

Liz Miersch is Head of Marketing at Paceline

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“Whatever I leave the house in at 8 A.M. needs to be able to get me through a one-mile walk pushing a stroller to school drop-off, Nadia Zaki’s yoga class at Equinox, and a full day of meetings…I have to always be meeting-ready. My go-tos are these Koral lustrous leggings with a Nike sports bra that’s low-cut enough that it can function like an actual bra. I layer a loose silk dress over it (like this one from L’Agence) so it doesn’t wrinkle in my bag (which gets shoved underneath my daughter’s feet in the stroller, of course), then I lose the leggings post workout, and I’m ready to go. God bless the person who started the sneakers and dresses trend as it has been my salvation. These APL leopard kicks work for the first part of my day, and then I’ll change into heels. I leave these Loeffler Randall sandals at my office for quick changes. The most crucial piece of this puzzle though is my Living Proof dry shampoo. I don’t even know how I survived before I found it.”

Lustrous Infinity High Rise Legging

Lustrous Infinity High Rise Legging

Jodie Slip Dress

Jodie Slip Dress

L’Agence
lagence.com

$495.00

Camellia Knot Mule With Ankle Strap

Camellia Knot Mule with Ankle Strap

Loeffler Randall
loefflerrandall.com

$395.00

Reshma Sajani, CEO of Girls Who Code

outerwear, coat, photography, hood, stock photography, jacket, poncho,

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“My go-to pieces this year are all from my book tour: my gold necklace, this amazing jacket that my niece made me, or my bright red Lingua Franca sweater that says “Brave Not Perfect.” For me, it’s not just a book, it’s a mantra and a lifestyle. I usually pair all of the above with some dope Nike sneakers on my feet—and a pair of backup heels in my purse, in case I’m giving a speech or going to a big meeting! This summer, I’ll also be wearing a ton of floral dresses, super comfy rompers, and my Gucci slides. Always my Gucci slides.”

Custom Womens Crewneck

Custom Womens Crewneck

Lingua Franca
linguafranca.nyc

$320.00

Air Force 1 ’07 Low Sneaker

Air Force 1 ’07 Low Sneaker

Nike
drops.revolve.com

$110.00

Women's Slide Sandal with Interlocking G

Women’s Slide Sandal with Interlocking G

Yasmin Moaven, Chief Marketing Officer at Pipe

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“Nothing has fed my style soul more than working in tech. I’m a jeans and T-shirt kind of gal (OAK’s basic tee, Topshop’s Jamie jean, and a classic Keds sneaker are my go-tos) at heart, but when I stepped into my role, I had to put my corporate attire back on. I leaned heavily into essential colors like black and white (Audrey Hepburn style), pairing my jeans and T-shirts with an oversized blazer, a sexy kitten heel, and chunky hoop earrings for an extra pop. For more formal occasions, I love a good power suit—wearing a simple bodysuit underneath, you can dress it up for your meetings and then take off the blazer for happy hour or dinner. And my newest obsession: watches! There’s nothing quite like a strong power stance and a vintage Cartier (from The RealReal) on your wrist to say, ‘let’s cut a deal!’”

Baylor Heels Black Leather

Baylor Heels Black Leather

Dolce Vita
dolcevita.com

$100.00

Fits Everybody High Neck Bodysuit

Allbody High Neck Bodysuit

Ashby Plaid Blazer

Ashby Plaid Blazer

Free People
freepeople.com

$168.00

Caroline Maguire, Fashion Director for Shopbop

clothing, fashion, street fashion, shoulder, eyewear, footwear, joint, design, beige, outerwear,

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“Being a New Yorker has definitely affected the way I dress. I’m all about sneakers, flats, and easy shoes. For summer, I love the idea of a two-piece tailored suit paired with a graphic T-shirt and sporty sandals. It’s the perfect balance of professional and stylish—especially when going from my kids’ school functions straight to market appointments! Another pro tip: plan the night before. Stick to your go-tos and add on from there to make sure it’s both fashion-forward and functional.”

The Favorite Blazer

The Favorite Blazer

Favorite Daughter
revolve.com

$298.00

The Favorite Pant

The Favorite Pant

Favorite Daughter
revolve.com

$218.00

UO Freshly Squeezed Oversized Tee

UO Freshly Squeezed Large Tee

Urban Outfitters
urbanoutfitters.com

$35.00

Iyore N. Olae, Head of Fintech Product at Bird

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“With my style, I like to strike a balance between fashion statements and simplicity, or what I like to call ‘tech cool.’ California summers are known for warm days and cool nights (and offices), so in the morning, I lean towards a power jumpsuit, colored trousers, or fitted skinny jeans. Layers help me add a little flare and give me versatility for summer night events—jean shirts, kimonos, and comfy blazers over a statement blouse are my staples. As for shoes, I like to keep it comfy and chic: black Steve Madden booties, Nike Mayfly, or Dr. Martens boots. They are essential for my very active work environment where I am constantly at the whiteboard brainstorming new app ideas. I typically finish my looks off with an ear cuff, studded earrings, and a bold necklace, because nothing says, ‘let’s talk business’ like a subtle floss.”

Essential Western Shirt

8Pcs Ear Cuffs

8Pcs Ear Cuffs

B Bascolor
amazon.com

$17.99

Edsel Bone Leather

Edsel-Bone Leather

Steve Madden
stevemadden.com

$139.95

Megababe founder Katie Sturino

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“Comfort is my number one concern. If I am uncomfortable (reader, envision too high of heels, too narrow of shoes, or any version of a Spanx on my body), my meeting and my day will be short-lived because I will make up an excuse to go change. That being said, I am not showing up to meetings in my PJs. So I consider the details. Right now, I am gravitating towards a headband and a blazer. I can wear them with jeans or over a dress or a skirt and they pull together the look while showing off my personality.”

Double Breasted Textured Weave Jacket

Double breasted Textured Weave Jacket

Patti Straight Vintage Wash

Patti Straight Vintage Wash

DL 1961
dl1961.com

$199.00

Bellamy Satin Headband

Bellamy Satin Headband

Loeffler Randall
shopbop.com

$65.00

Nyree Corby Founder & CEO Fame and Partners

photograph, blue, turquoise, pattern, tartan, design, room, plaid, textile, dress,

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“This summer I’m loving tartans, so my favorite wardrobe piece has to be this vintage Comme des Garçons skirt. I team it with a pretty white ruffle top from Fame and Partners’s daywear, Proenza Schouler shoes, and giant black beaded hoops by Celine. Now is the time to experiment by mishmashing unexpected colors, prints, or style details.”

90s Skirt

90s Skirt

Celine
celine.com

$1,850.00

The Leima Top

The Leima Top

Fame and Partners
fameandpartners.com

$185.00

Pipe Rolo Sandals - 90mm

Pipe Rolo Sandals – 90mm

Proenza Schouler
proenzaschouler.com

$995.00

Kate Foley Osterweis, Stylist & Fashion Consultant

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“I find myself wearing a lot of long printed silk, chiffon, and cotton dresses to work during the summer, as they’re so versatile and comfortable. In this photo, I’m actually wearing a Marni silk printed matching blouse and skirt, which is one of my go-to summer outfits and serves the same purpose as all my summer dresses. I’ve had the skirt for years, and discovered the matching blouse on Vestiaire Collective…It’s important to me that I look smart when I’m working with clients, and I also want to make sure that what I’m wearing allows me to rush around the city between different clients’ offices without overheating or ending up looking disheveled. I keep footwear simple and comfortable too. Last year, I wore green suede sandals by Mansur Gavriel nearly everyday. If I have a meeting or event where I need to wear heels, I put them in my bag and throw them on with my dress. It’s really important to keep summer outfits totally easy and effortless so you can look and feel good all day.”

Orchids Print Ramiè Shirt

Orchids Print Ramiè Shirt

Marni
marni.com

$1,390.00

Silk Crepe Skirt

Filo Sandal

Filo Sandal

Mansur Gavriel
mansurgavriel.com

$395.00

Alexandra Wilkis Wilson, Co-Founder & Partner at Clerisy

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“For summer, I like outfits that work for day and night. You can dress the outfit down with flats or sandals, and in the evening, throw on a pair of va va voom sandals and you’re ready to go. I also believe in always having a jacket that goes with everything for when the AC in the office is on high.”

Bigstrut

Bigstrut

Aldo
aldoshoes.com

$98.00

Miranda Heel

Miranda Heel

Circus by Sam Edelman
circusny.com

$90.00

Double Breasted Faux Leather Blazer

Double Breasted Faux Leather Blazer

Topshop
nordstrom.com

$104.00

Andrea Lieberman, founder of A.L.C.

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“My go-to piece in the summer is a long sleeve silk top, generally paired with jeans. It’s easy, feminine, and I know I can always throw it on and look put-together. Plus, it works perfectly day to night, especially in L.A.”

Nomad Cotton Top

Nomad Cotton Top

A.L.C.
alcltd.com

$395.00

Jet Set Top

Jet Set Top

Montserrat
montserrat-nyc.com

$165.00

Le Jane Crop in Northville

Le Jane Crop Northville

Frame
frame-store.com

$250.00

Gabby Karan De Felice, Creative Director of Tutto il Giorno Restaurants

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“I love a dress or a jumpsuit that is comfortable and seamlessly takes me from running around at meetings during the day to evenings at either Tutto il Giorno Tribeca or Southampton. I usually stick with neutrals and still wear black all summer, but might mix it up with a light blue or beige. Of course I often wear something from Urban Zen designed by my mom, Donna Karan.”

Jersey Twisted Dress

Jersey Twisted Dress

Urban Zen
urbanzen.com

$1,095.00

Anessa Puff Sleeve Jumpsuit

Anessa Puff Sleeve Jumpsuit

Paige
shopbop.com

$259.00

Womens Square Neck Mini Dress

Mini Dresses for Women with Square Necks

Dokotoo
amazon.com

$34.99

Holly Russell, Freelance Fashion & Buying consultant

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“During the summer, I tend to stick to wardrobe staples like a black dress, specifically JW Anderson’s midi that is made from a fluid lightweight fabric and offers sleeves that are demure enough for an office environment. I style it slightly bohemian with a long gold necklace, a flat or heeled sandal, and my Chloé alphabet rings. If you are happy to show a little leg and are able to dress slightly casual in your work environment, then a skirt looks super directional with a simple white T-shirt and Common Projects white trainers. In a more formal working environment, where you may have to wear a tailored look or suit, a simple styling update would be a bright point-toe pump. I bought a red Aquazzura pair that is perfect with a pair of smart trousers.”

Newbury Dress

Newbury Dress

Reformation
thereformation.com

$218.00

Original Achilles Low Sneaker

Original Achilles Low Sneaker

Common Projects
revolve.com

$440.00

Purist Pump 105

Purist Pump105

Aquazzura
aquazzura.com

$695.00

Bärí A. Williams, Advisor at Bandwagon Fan Club, Inc.

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“There’s a famous saying about the surprising temperature of summers in San Francisco: ‘The coldest winter I ever spent was a summer in San Francisco.’ It’s true! Summer averages around 68 degrees and offices are blasting AC inside, which still calls for lightweight denim and a light blouse. This is totally desk to date. Tech is casual, so anything more than this and I’d look out of place. I like to use accessories to dress an outfit up or down, for a presentation, or to meet my husband after work for a date night.”

Women's Short Puff Sleeve Eyelet Top

Women’s Short Puff Sleeve Eyelet Top

A New Day
target.com

$24.99

High Rise Loose

High Rise Loose

Redone
shopredone.com

$265.00

Women's Button Down Soft Knit Cardigan

Women’s Button Down Soft Knit Cardigan

Honor Brodie is the Creative Director at Tory Burch

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“When it’s warmer outside, I love to wear vibrant color and batik prints. This silk chiffon bow blouse adds a bit of softness to the more structured midi skirt, while the embroidered suede bag and mules have a bohemian vibe that feels right for summer.”

Striped Cotton Poplin Skirt

Striped Cotton Poplin Skirt

Tory Burch
toryburch.com

$528.00

151 Mercer Suede Crescent Bag

151 Mercer Suede Crescent Bag

Tory Burch
toryburch.com

$648.00

Tory Charm Mule

Tory Charm Mule

Tory Burch
toryburch.com

$278.00

Maria Tash, Jewelry Designer and Piercing Expert

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“I always think in terms of jewelry. I love warm yellow gold in the summer, as it both resonates with my complexion as well as any mild tan. My apparel choices get lighter (but still with at least half sleeves), so I opt for chiffons and silk charmeuse, plus linen pants that couple well with the silk tops. Jewelry and my hair still dominate over my apparel choices, though.”

Good Vibrations Astro Blouse

Good Vibrations Astro Blouse

Le Superbe
neimanmarcus.com

$162.00

French Bow Puff Sleeve Silk Blouse

French Bow Sleeve Silk Blouse

Silk Maison
silkmaison.com

$119.00

Heidi Linen Wide Leg Pants

Heidi Linen Wide Leg Pants

Dynamite Clothing
dynamiteclothing.com

$69.95

Roopal Patel, Senior Vice President & Fashion Director at Saks Fifth Avenue

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“This summer is all about experimentation, creating untold options for office-appropriate fashion. My personal go-to is a great blouse and skirt combo. I gravitate towards classic stripes which come in all sorts of iterations, and take inspiration from suiting. In particular, I love a crisp poplin off-the-shoulder blouse from Rosie Assoulin paired with a Dries van Noten ruffle skirt. I add an easy summer sandal and Loewe novelty bag to complete the look.

In the summer, you want color, print, pattern—your look doesn’t have to be so classic. Experiment, but keep it chic! Summer office dressing doesn’t mean you should look like you’re going to the beach—reserve tank tops, flip-flops, and shorts for leisure activities.”

Floaties Top

Floaties Top

Rosie Assoulin
rosieassoulin.com

$1,395.00

Shirred Cotton-Poplin Skirt

Skirt in Cotton-Poplin Shirred

Dries van Noten
net-a-porter.com

$1,095.00

Small Anagram Cut-Out Tote

Small Anagram Cut-Out Tote

Loewe
loewe.com

$1,990.00

Leah White Rigueur is Professor at Johns Hopkins University

photograph, green, snapshot, fashion, tshirt, sunglasses, street fashion, eyewear, photography, stock photography,

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“For me, summer work attire means one thing: versatility. Because I’m always on the go, I need clothes that reflect that, and reflect my diverse schedule. An average work week, for example, finds me rocking a lightweight top and white jeans for a meeting one day, and a bright-colored dress for a speaking engagement the very next day. This variety is what I love the most about my summer attire; I get to constantly go back and forth between Jordans, flip-flops, and Louboutins, which is incredible!”

Good Legs

Good Legs

Good American
goodamerican.com

$129.00

Air Jordan 1 Mid

Air Jordan 1 Mid

Nike
goat.com

$235,037.00

Halter Maxi Dress

Maxi Dress with Halter

Farm Rio
anthropologie.com

$230.00

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