’Tis the season of breezy tops, leg-baring bottoms, and bold color! And while some Summer 2013 trends should stay outside the office—like crop tops and overalls (yep, they’re making a comeback)—there are plenty of must-have pieces to mix into your warm-weather work wardrobe.
This June, learn how to style five of our favorite summer trends. You’ll be donning your best attire to both a backyard barbeque and your next board meeting.
Black and white pairings were huge this spring, and they’re still going strong for summer. To make this contrast more playful this season, try a retro black-and-white print like polka dots or bold stripes, and balance the boldness with a soft lace skirt. B&W prints pair well with every color, so don’t be afraid to mix and match with pastels or bright colors! Pair this trend with chic work classics: pointed black flats, a white bag, and black cat eyes for a lunchtime stroll.
Mismatched prints were all over the Summer 2013 runways, and we’re digging it for the office, too! The idea of “clashing” is easy to pull off, just keep print sizes in mind: pair a smaller printed top with a larger printed skirt, and vice versa. That way, the clashing looks intentional! If you’re new to this trend, try picking two completely different prints to start off, like a striped top with a floral skirt. Pair with minimal jewelry and accessories.
From Americana hues to seafarer-inspired sundresses, nautical trends are always huge for summer—especially with the 4th of July just around the corner! Keep your sailor attire from being too casual by dressing it up with a pretty cardigan, polished pearls, and your favorite summery heels. We love the idea of vamping up the nautical vibes with stripes on your bag or pairing navy and white together, too!
Ah, the power of brights! Pump up boring work attire with an array of summer sorbet hues, from punchy oranges and yellows to pinks and blues that pop. We love the idea of pairing a summer-white dress with a bright blazer and an equally bright statement necklace! Just be sure to not overdo it, and alternate with subdued accessories like a nude heel and clutch. This look is perfect for an early happy hour in the sun, too!
You must think we’re crazy for adding shorts to the list, but there really is an acceptable way to wear this summer piece to work—assuming you work for a trendsetting fashion company or chill startup. (And even still, we recommend checking the dress code.) First things first, pick a tasteful pair—not too short and not too tight, and preferably in a dressy material; jean shorts won’t cut it. Then, balance your leggy attire with a long-sleeved blouse in a feminine print and a pair of modest pumps. Voila!
Feature photo courtesy of Maegan Tintari.
Molly works in Indianapolis as a fashion blogger for Scarves Dot Net. When she’s not creating looks for less, she loves a healthy dose of retail therapy, getting creative in the kitchen, and spending time with her crazy (yet lovable) family. Follow her on Pinterest and Twitter @mtborter.More from this Author