7 Celebrity-Inspired Work Outfit Ideas for Summer
Out of all four seasons, summer comes out on top as the hardest to dress for—at least, when it comes to the office, that is. Every morning, we're met with the sartorial torment of piecing together an ensemble that can stand up to sweltering hot temps outside (and subzero drafts inside) and meet the demands of a workplace dress code.
Enter Hollywood A-listers, who know how to look cool in the heat (both temperature- and pressure-wise). We looked to them to give us summer style inspo that will solve all our fashion dilemmas once and for all. Take Taylor Swift for instance—she nailed the ladylike preppy-chic aesthetic with a smart collared shift, color-blocking it with her accessories. Genius? We sure think so.
From matching sets to summertime suits, see all the celebrity-inspired work outfit ideas for one style-packed summer.
Color-Block With Accessories
No one has got the ladylike preppy-chic aesthetic down quite like Taylor Swift. Nix prints altogether and pick a sweet, pastel collared shift as your foundation and style it with unexpected solids, like peach and golden yellow.
Lighten Up Your Summer Suit
Eschew the usual traditional suit, with its dark colors and structured silhouette. Instead, take a cue from Olivia Wilde and go for a cape-inspired blazer (for extra ventilation on hot summer days) and matching pants in a crisp shade of white.
Neutralize a Playful Piece
A bright, playful top, like Olivia Palermo's, can be made work-appropriate when it's coupled with structured pieces in muted colors, like a demure ivory midi-length skirt or nude sandals.
Shop the look: M Missoni top, $277; net-a-porter.com. Tory Burch skirt, $193; net-a-porter.com. Cos trench, $225; cosstores.com. J. Crew clutch, $138; jcrew.com. Schutz sandals, $190; schutz-shoes.com.
Commit to a Color Palette
Sarah Hyland stayed true to a very specific color palette when she picked up the blue florals from her skirt and carried it over to her sky blue knit top. We followed in her footsteps and did the same with the color gray.
Elevate a Slip Dress
Alone, a slinky slip dress can run the risk of sartorial scandal. But Sarah Jessica Parker had the right idea and made hers office-friendly when she styled it with conservative pairings.
Highlight One Statement Piece
Let one single printed piece bask in the spotlight by coupling it with neutrals. Resist gravitating toward black accents. Try all white, instead, like Reese Witherspoon.
Strike a Match
Wearing a matching set achieves the illusion of a jumpsuit without the commitment of wearing a one-piece. Try separates in a safe colors and prints (crazy busy ones tend to overwhelm, especially at the office), like Rose Byrne's.