How To Dress For Work In A Sticky Summer

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Summer in New York City is hot, humid, and just plain gross. During these warm blisteringly hot months, fashion concerns go out the window in favor of cut-offs, tank tops, and basically the least amount of clothing that would definitely be a bit inappropriate for work.

So here's the dilemma: How do you look chic and professional for work without sweating through all your clothes during the commute? R29 reader, Lilli K., asks, "I got my first internship as an accessories distributor. During the summer, I usually wear cut-offs or short skirts, but do you have any good work and weather-appropriate suggestions?"

Okay, Lilli, repeat after me: blazer plus sundress. I walk to work in the summer, so my outfit needs to be airy, which is why a sweet summer dress is always my first choice. I stow some heels and a blazer in my tote and throw those on once I get to work (and have cooled down). Here are a few of my favorite summertime pairings, and since you’re on an intern budget, I kept everything under $150.
Web3Zara Short Blazer, $49.99, available at Zara.
I have this exact blazer and wear it with all my dresses. The cropped silhouette makes it a little bit more fun than your standard topper, and this shade of blue goes with absolutely everything.
WEb4Zara Printed Strappy Dress, $29.99, available at Zara.
Prints are great — especially for the fashion-forward office. I love this one, and you won’t overheat with its loose silhouette.
Web6ASOS Sleeveless Swing Dress, $30.55, available at ASOS.
This swingy dress is easy and light (and also incredibly affordable).
Web7BB Dakota Carrie Crepe Blazer, $98, available at ShopBop.
This little cropped blazer makes a statement on a budget. It looks a lot like a more expensive one (not going to name any names) that I have in my closet, and makes the perfect topper for your dresses (especially frocks that are white, pink, or gray).

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