Perfect Outfit: A Casual Creative-Office Look For Summer

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During the warm months, looking both chic and work-appropriate can be a perplexing double-edged sword. After all, cut-offs and tank tops are hardly office-friendly, and blazers and trousers have us feeling seriously sweaty post-Subway commute. But since the majority of our week is spent at work, with breezy AC chilling the backs of our necks, we're always game for fashion suggestions to stay cool and casual while still looking thoroughly collected. This outfit, seen on blogger Lauren McGrath at the Alex Wang sample sale, teaches us a lesson in how to style low-key, relaxed pieces in a way that feels pulled together and neat.
**Editor's note: Of course, not all work environments are created equal. This outfit would work for a casual day at a creative or fashion office. Above, clockwise from left: Levi's Tube Skirt, $48, available at Urban Outfitters; Steve Madden Sliderr Sandal (in black), $29.95, available at Steve Madden; Steve Mono Luck Belt, $105, available at Opening Ceremony; Calypso Grotella Tunic, $49, available at Calypso; Topshop Leather Structured Satchel, $80, available at Topshop.