Photographer by Andrew Yee, Styled by Ali Pew
Ali Pew
Apr 30, 2015 @ 11:00 am

Hot weather and looking polished don't often mix. And it's a problem for those of us who have an office job—we're 99.9 percent sure no one ever got a promotion for having outstanding sweat stains. But it's not like you can just switch out your 9-to-5 uniform to a T-shirt and jeans either. The trick is to find breezy riffs on traditional suiting that are both professional and approrpriate for the sweltering days ahead. So say bye-bye to those black trousers and check out our work wardrobe updates below.  

Shop the Look (above): Karen Walker top, $495; Karen Walker pants, $565; A.P.C. necklace, $195; Lodis belt (similar style here), $28;



Lighten up in an all-ivory ensemble. While the shade made be crisp, the trousers and linen jacket combine to create a relaxed silhouette that feels effortlesss. 

Shop the look (left to right): Protagonist jacket, $1,100; Protagonist trousers, $940;



Gauchos combine the comfort of shorts with the tailored sharpness of pants. Finish with pointy-toe flats or embellished sandals for a an extra dose of dressy.  

Shop the look (left to right): Banana Republic blazer, $165, Banana Republic gauchos, $89.50;



Trade in your blazer for something that delivers some much-needed ventilation with style. Wide-leg drawstring pants appear airy and weightless.

Shop the look (left to right): Theory vest, $325; Theory pants, $345;



Forgo anything clingy for a looser fit that allows your skin to breathe. A belted jacket keeps the look from feeling too casual.

Shop the look (left to right): Zara blazer, $149; Zara trousers, $79.90;

Wide Leg 


Go for a bold shape to boost your meeting game. For extra coolness (literally), pair this combo with a plain white T-shirt.

Shop the look (left to right): Roksanda jacket, $1,580; Roksanda culottes, $1,325;

Pretty and pale 


Work a carefree yet elegant vibe in this soft peach ensemble. 

Shop the look (left to right): 3.1 Phillip Lim blazer, $725; 3.1 Phillip Lim pant, $524.31;

RELATED: 12 Work-Wardrobe Updates to End Your 9-to-5 Style Rut 

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