1 Dress, 3 Ways: How To Wear The Perfect Summer Sundress To Work

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During a sticky-hot D.C. summer (you know it's coming), the essential item you need in your closet is a go-to, easy-to-style sundress. And here's a pro tip: If you score the right one, you can wear it everywhere, even to work. The secret? Opt for a breezy, silky sundress with a simple silhouette, and choose accessories that add polish, structure, and even some softness.

We've whipped up a pre-summer primer for you, crafting three perfect outfits for your 9-to-5 drill that are still light and cool enough for a sweaty commute. Read on for the genius styling tricks that will triple your wardrobe's potential way before it gets hot and humid out.

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Look 1: Cute and Comfy
Topping your go-to sundress with a cozy cardigan is a no-brainer for chilly spring days. Here, a classic ivory cardigan and braided leather belt make the dress look polished and pretty, while leopard flats introduce a fun pop of pattern. A geometric clutch and earrings add just the right amount of structural edge to an otherwise ultra-femme look.

From left: H&M Cardigan, $17.95, available at H&M; Linea Pelle Skinny Braided Wrap Hip Belt, $121, available at Shopbop; Pretty Nana Ballet Flats, $117, available at YOOX; American Vintage Mango Silk Dress, $145, available at Stylebop; Forever 21 Lacquered Geo Earrings, $3.80, available at Forever 21; Mossimo Colorblock Pink Envelope Clutch, $16.99, available at Target stores.
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Look 2: Bold With A Blazer
Got a full day of meetings? Add a little gravitas to a breezy frock with a bold blazer and understated accessories — like these perfect-for-work neutral sandals. A chic-but-roomy clutch and a statement necklace that says "I'm the boss" pull it all together with extra-professional polish.

From left: Bauble Bar Silver Snake Plate Necklace, $34, available at Bauble Bar; Zara Leather Clutch With Foldover Flap, $159, available at Zara; American Vintage Mango Silk Dress, $145, available at Stylebop; TopShop Bird Print Pyjama Jacket, $80, available at TopShop; Nine West MissPriss Sandal, $75.99, available at Zappos.
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Look 3: Lovely Layers
We really think TGIF should have a C in there, for "casual" — who doesn't love getting to ditch the stuffy suit and wearing something a little more comfy to the office? A breezy, loose-knit sweater makes a perfect topper when you layer it over a sundress, and the slight boho vibe is so right for the end of the work week. Boost your color quota with a printed scarf and bangles — it is Friday, after all — and finish off the look with a go-anywhere bag and some casual booties.

From left: Mango Flowery Print Scarf, $19.99, available at Mango; Urban Expressions Multi Zip Tote, $59.75, available at South Moon Under; Cara Accessories Mix Media Bangles, $58, available at Nordstrom; American Vintage Mango Silk Dress, $145, available at Stylebop; Gap Mesh Boatneck Sweater, $24.99, available at Gap; Rachel Comey Hitch Perforated Boot, $426, available at La Garconne.