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A Pretty, Stylish, Summer Office Outfit Idea That Won’t Break The Bank!

Summer Office Attire!

As the country opens up more and more, many of you are also heading back into the office. It’s definitely bittersweet, right? On one hand, you’ll see all your co-workers and friends again and on the other, you don’t have the same level of flexibility and freedom…and perhaps, the most difficult part… no more sweatpants!! If you struggle with stylish summer office outfit combinations that also keep you cool and looking polished and professional, you are NOT alone. I think this is one of the biggest style challenges. Making this styling task even more complicated…? The office tends to be freezing cold, while temperatures outside are hot, hot, hot.

But, don’t worry… I have you covered. Below… I put together a super chic, polished, summer-friendly look that is also very affordable and simple to recreate!

Sale Alert: Express is having a HUGE sale!
50% off summer styles
25-50% off select tops, jeans, and shorts. Plus, and estra 60% off clearance.

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SKIRT | TOP | BLAZER | SANDALS | BAG | SUNGLASSES

Summer Office Outfit

How you dress at the office this summer, definitely depends on your dress code. Some of you may have more traditional and conservative dress codes with limited options like suits only. But, for those of you who can mix things up and can wear slightly more relaxed office attire, Express has SO many great options. It was a go-to for me in my 20’s when I was first starting out my career and it’s still a heavy hitter now because Express has modern, versatile, stylish pieces that don’t break the bank. They also offer many petite and tall options, which is SO helpful especially with pants and skirts for the office.

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Most Flattering Skirt

Now let’s get to the good stuff…this skirt. It’s a wrinkle-free sweater material that’s perfect for freezing cold offices. But it’s still cool enough to wear out and about. It’s high-waisted, has a stretchy waistband, and the A-line style is super flattering. I styled it with a basic white tee, but you can wear a white shell or dressier top for the office. This skirt also has a matching tank if you want to do the matchy-matchy set look. I LOVE the neutral tones in this skirt and look too.

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Lightweight Blazer

You all know how much I love a good blazer. And this longline satin blazer is so lightweight…perfect for summer office outfits, dinner, errands, you name it! I got the Desert Khaki color. You may be able to tell…you do have to iron this blazer. We’re on our cross-country road trip so I didn’t get a chance to iron it, but it is machine washable, which is a win in my book! This blazer also looks AMAZING with jeans which you can check out here.

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Accessories

I went trendy and stylish with my accessories, which can definitely work for a more progressive office. But again, if you are working in a more conservative environment, simply swap the shoes for pumps and skip the clutch, opting for a tote instead. I personally LOVE the shoes and bag. I think they add a lot of pop to the look. The shoes are a gorgeous brown square toe sandal that is so chic and stylish. The clutch is super versatile…it’s big enough to carry the essentials and I love the contrast of the ivory leather and brown wood handle. You can wear these all summer long-styled with summer denim and a cute top too.

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More From Express

If you’re looking for more office outfit inspiration, check out the Work Your Way shop on Express.com. They have a bunch of great options for every office dress code. If you’re not headed into the office and just want some chic summer outfits, Express has new arrivals, summer sets, and vacation styles you’ll love. Plus, don’t forget about their HUGE sale happening this weekend!

Huge thank you to Express for sponsoring this post. All thoughts and opinions are my own. Be sure to subscribe to my weekly newsletter to receive some awesome freebies.

How To Manifest Anything, Fashion blogger Erin Busbee of Busbee Style wearing an orange and blue Staud Ina dress with white sunglasses walking around in Telluride, Colorado
Erin Busbee
After a decade in TV news, a desire to help women "look pretty" sparked a career pivot. I started my own wardrobe consulting business, styling "real" women for many years. In 2014, I changed direction again, using my TV background and styling expertise to launch this website and my YouTube channel. We are now a community of nearly 700,000 dynamic, vibrant, amazing women over 40... who know that age isn't something you need to hide from. For us, life is just getting started!!
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2 thoughts on “A Pretty, Stylish, Summer Office Outfit Idea That Won’t Break The Bank!

  1. Loved this, thanks Erin. I work in a conservative office, and wear ALOT of Ann Taylor. In fact, I own the navy eyelet dress you featured, above, and keep looking at the cinch waist striped wrap dress. One thing – I usually have to pin the cleavage of the v-neck dresses because they open up and show your goodies at work….

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