It’s hot outside. It’s humid outside. You stand among others on a crowded Metro platform, longing for fresh air and a break from the heat.  You arrive at the office, push through the revolving door, and WHAM! You are hit with a blast of cold, arctic air. It can be very confusing how to dress appropriately for such bipolar conditions.

Layering is essential! Air conditioning can put a chill on anybody. It may be 100 degrees outside but I bet you have a space heater under your desk to combat Mr. Cold Miser’s frosty air! Each of these special outfits can command an unstructured blazer or wrap to take you from the office to the outdoors in a flash!

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Summer dressing means shorter hemlines.  A general rule of thumb…if you would wear it to the beach it is not appropriate for the office!  The consensus is no more than a couple of inches above the knee. Mini-skirts, booty shorts, clingy fabrics are giant no-no’s.  This dress by Julie Brown is perfect!  The hemline falls just above the knee and the design is simple yet chic.

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If your office is a bit more formal, a solid color is the way to go. This lasting trend can be a major benefit to your wallet as well. All you need to do is change your accessories and you will instantly have several new outfits in your wardrobe. This safari-inspired dress by Finely will be an immediate classic, sure to be pulled from your wardrobe again and again.

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Have you noticed a theme yet?  Ditch the stuffy suits! If your office is a bit more informal, artsy, and edgy, go for the leopard print and ruffles. It screams confidence and authority but very is approachable, too. It’s OK to bring out your inner fashionista at work…in fact…it is encouraged!  It doesn’t hurt to bring a bit of sunshine to any office setting!