Stylish Office Outfits That Beat the Heat

Getting dressed for work during the summer can be tricky. While it's scorching outdoors, offices tend to be kept at a cool 67 degrees thanks to chilly air conditioning. Don't let the new warmer weather spark a 9-to-5 wardrobe crisis. This year, try out the following three work-appropriate outfits that are sure to suit your outdoor and indoor needs, keeping you comfortable and stylish, thanks to one key on-trend piece in each.

Outfit #1
Key Piece: Pleated Skirt

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We're obsessed with pleats this season! Just one benefit of an on-trend pleated skirt is that it allows plenty of air flow to keep you cool when you're outside. And when you're working indoors, its knee-length hem is perfectly appropriate and super chic! Keep a bright-colored cardigan at your desk to throw on when you get chilly and you're good to go! If your office dress code allows for open-toed shoes, slip into a pair of neutral pumps to pull your look together!

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Outfit #2
Key Piece: Palazzo Pant

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We're pleased to introduce you to the season's hottest pant style-the palazzo pant! Basically, it's a wide-leg pant that's as comfortable as pajama bottoms! You'll stay cool in the hot sun because there's tons of room inside to allow for air flow, and you'll be happy indoors because its full-coverage style keeps skin from being cold and exposed. To keep your proportions in check, balance the looseness of your palazzo pants with a form-fitting cardigan on top.

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Outfit #3
Key Piece: Maxi Dress

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If you've haven't already fallen in love with summer's most-wanted dress style-the floor-length maxi-then you don't know what you're missing! Equally as comfy as a nightgown and as stylish as summer wear gets, you'll enjoy the versatility a maxi dress offers. Allow the sun to warm your shoulders outdoors. Then when you get inside, throw on a structured blazer and a summer scarf to add a pop of color to your look and achieve an oh-so-now color-blocked ensemble!

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