Summer Wardrobe Staples

Summer wardrobe staples

From simple formulas on how to style business casual outfits to making casual trends like nautical work at the office, business casual is a favourite topic around here! So, of course, as we start to figure out our summer wardrobes, we decided to choose five staple pieces that make up a business casual wardrobe for summer time. After all, one of the many reasons we love summer is that it gives us a bit more freedom with our wardrobe choices — more colours, lighter fabrics, patterns and a lot fewer layers!

A pretty pencil skirt like the memphis skirt by Draper James (this is a new line launched by Reese Witherspoon that we are absolutely head over heels in love with!).  We also recommend J.Crew for timeless pencil skirt options year round!

summer skirts for the office

A pair of neutral pointy-toed flats to give your black pumps a day (or two!) off.  We love these Manolo Blahniks, or for a more affordable option, try Old Navy!

how to wear flats to work

A colourful cardigan is the perfect solution for air conditioned offices and it looks oh so pretty amongst a sea of black blazers. This J. Brand cardigan is just peachy, while this ModCloth cardigan is 100 percent ladylike.

how to wear colourful cardigans at work

We can’t say this enough: a silk shell is the holy grail of a work wardrobe.  For the ladies who prefer a bit more modern and slightly edgy, this blue pleat shell is practically a work of art!

And of course, a girl must have a go-to summer dress (and we have a whole collection of options for you here!).

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