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Summer Work Outfits To Rock in the Office

Summer Work Outfits To Rock in the Office

Whether you’re picking out summer job interview outfits or hoping to make a statement, these are our must-have picks and how to style them.


5 min read

August 02, 2021

So you’re finally going back to the office. What are you going to wear?

As we’re inching closer to normalcy again, the prospect of going back to the office seems more realistic than ever. But with the promise of in-person meetings and eight-hour cubicle shifts comes the extra task of figuring out your office attire. As exciting as it may be to pick and choose items for your new and improved smart-casual capsule wardrobe, putting together a new summer work outfit every day can get very stressful very quickly. But fear not, we’re here to give you a little refresher on officewear, with the exact items you have in your closet to be ready and out of the door in no time.

These versatile items from California-based brands have you covered for an entire summer of office outfits—and they’re so interchangeable that no one will notice a repeat ensemble if you get up to one. Whether you’re picking out summer job interview outfits or hoping to make a statement, these are our must-have picks and how to style them.

All the Pieces You Need for the Best Summer Office Outfits

The high-waisted off-white straight jeans with stitching is inspired by vintage western looks. Photo courtesy of Lisa Says Gah.

Relaxed Pants

If your work from home attire always included a pair of extra-wide, extra-comfy pants, you’re in luck because they’re totally on-trend. Relaxed silhouettes, wide-leg trousers, cropped culottes, and 80s office slacks are majorly in for summer office wear, and you should definitely hop on it.

The Pastiche Harvey Jean in the picture is from San Francisco-based brand Lisa Says Gah—it's super easy to dress up with a cool button-down and your favorite pair of work heels.

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Chic Denim

A good pair of jeans is perhaps the most reliable piece you could have in your closet. And yes, you can totally incorporate denim into your summer work outfits. For the days you have a few post-work errands to run, swap the trousers for a comfortable pair of good-quality jeans, and you’ll be good to go day and night.

The High Rise Loose denim pants from Southern California’s own RE/DONE are a perfect example of classic blue jeans that can be dressed up or down. Elevate it with a pair of heels and a cool but practical bag and you can confidently enter any room knowing your outfit is on point.

The Amar Skirt is styled with a fitted silhouette from the waist to hips that opens up with pleats. Photo courtesy of First Rite.

Midi Skirts

A midi gives you all the comfort and free-flowing movement of a maxi skirt, combined with the more youthful look and feel of a mini. Plus, midi skirts are the perfect length and look great both with flats and heels. Have an after-work gathering planned in the late afternoon? A midi skirt is your ticket to an easy-breezy business casual summer outfit that doesn’t scream “I didn’t have time to go home and change.”

The black Amar Linen Skirt from First Rite has beautiful movement and volume—it’s that item in your closet you’ll wear for several seasons. Pair it with chic sandals or crisp white sneakers and you’re good to go.

The Hara top has a blousey relaxed fit throughout with slightly puffed sleeves for a more vintage fit and feel. Photo courtesy of Reformation.

Classic Button Downs

Does a button-down even need an introduction? For a more 2021 take on this otherwise classic office staple, opt for an oversized fit that you can style unbuttoned as well. If sizing up is not your forte, choose puff sleeves or a statement collar and let your fit speak for you.

The Hara top from Reformation is super classy yet playful and fun. While it also comes in black and floral patterns, the white one is the easiest to style with a rotating capsule of summer work clothes.

Good Quality Tees

Have a bold piece of clothing and you don’t know how to style it for the office? Cue the basic tee. Putting the word casual in business casual, a quality white or black tee is the ultimate piece of clothing for layering. Pair it with pants, skirts, or wear it under a daring dress—the classic tee is a year-round necessity your summer work outfits can’t do without.

The Impy tee from Are You Am I is perfectly fitted and great on its own or under looser pieces of clothing. Available both in black and white colorways, this comfy tee will be a go-to item for your summer office outfits.

The Cecily dress is a 70s-inspired fit with a deep V neckline leading to a fitted waist. Photo courtesy of DOEN.

Easy Dresses

Sometimes you just don’t want to think about what matches and what doesn’t, and we totally get that. That’s why you need a dress in your summer work outfit rotation that you can easily pair with comfortable shoes and head out in.

The Cecily Dress from DOEN is an HR-approved head-turner that you’ll reach for multiple times this summer (and the next one). With the right footwear and accessories, you’ll be on top of your summer office wear game like never before.

Black Loafers

Loafers are back and they’re here to stay. They pull your look together, make you look and feel structured, prepare you for office duty, and most importantly, they’re comfortable to run around in. The perfect alternative for when you want to lean more towards the business end of business casual but don’t feel like wearing heels, a pair of loafers elevates your summer work clothes in the best way.

Whoever said loafers are boring hasn’t seen Jeffrey Campbell’s Recess pair. Versatile yet bold, these shoes are a year-round option that’ll be a new go-to in your officewear capsule.

The Shoko Tote features two interior slip pockets, one which fits a laptop, and a two-tone birds-eye canvas lining. Photo courtesy of Staud.

A Practical Carryall

Let’s be realistic, no one likes to empty out their bag every day only to grab the same stuff the day after and realize an essential item is missing. That’s why a large carryall that fits all your everyday needs is a necessary addition to your officewear collection. Choose a neutral, universally compatible color and invest in something of high quality. If it’s going to and from your office every day with you, you’ll want a bag that lasts.

The Shoko Tote Bag from D.T.L.A.-based brand Staud is as practical as it is fashionable. Coming in a variety of cool colorways, these totes can be paired with almost anything.

The Selene is a kitten heel sandal with a sleek, square toe, and an ankle strap for more support. Photo courtesy of Reformation.

Comfortable Strappy Sandals

Strappy sandals are must-haves for summer regardless of your office situation. Whether you’re wearing a dress or a plain tee and trousers, a good pair of sandals can take any summer work outfit to the next level.

For an option that’s chic, comfortable, and sustainable, go for the Selene Lace up Kitten Heel by Reformation. The perfect addition to any business casual summer outfit, the low heel and lacy detail on this sandal are great for everyday errands. 

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