It may be almost August (where did summer go?!) but there's still time to stock up on summer essentials. For the past two summers, I've worked in a research lab at my university. We interact with families and children, so I need to look put-together. I had some trouble finding work-appropriate summer clothing at first, but I'm starting to get the hang of it. I love mixing and matching neutral pieces and adding fun, colorful accessories. Here are some of my favorite summer pieces that are perfect for the office!
Chino Shorts // These are my favorite shorts. They're comfortable, affordable, and come in dozens of colors, patterns, and lengths.
Neutral Wedge Heels // These shoes are pretty and versatile: you can wear them straight from work to a summer party.
Neutral Ballet Flats // Like the wedge heels, these ballet flats are a perfect neutral color that goes with everything.
Enamel Jewelry // I've been loving colorful enamel jewelry in summer: it really dresses up any outfit.
Scarves // Light cotton scarves are great for summer, especially in cold offices. This infinity scarf is easy to wear because you don't even have to tie it!
Linen Dresses // I love structured linen dresses for summer. This one is great because it's neutral with a fun pop of color. Wear it with a cardigan or blazer to dress it up for the office.
Light Cardigans // These cardigans are light and comfortable, and like the chino shorts above, they come in so many colors. They're perfect for layering, or just for keeping in your bag for freezing offices.
Basic White T-Shirts // I have way too many t-shirts from various college events, but basic white t-shirts are perfect for dressing up or down.
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