It’s scorching hot out, you’re running late for work and your go-to uniform of clingy skinny jeans and a statement jacket will absolutely not cut it. So what should you wear to the office when it’s 100 degrees? We enlisted Rachel Zoe to style five unexpected ensembles based around clothing that is both comfortable and chic. Keep these outfits at the ready to avoid having a complete and total fashion meltdown (pun intended).
Rachel Zoe's Warm-Weather Styling Tips For Work
Try An Off-The-Shoulder Top
"I’m not a huge fan of exposing cleavage, especially in the office. I really love a feminine off-the-shoulder top because it shows a little skin but is still appropriate for work. Wear with cropped trousers, drop earrings and polished accessories."
Drum 10 Pebbled-Leather Shoulder Bag
Ambient 57mm Sunglasses
Deanna Off-The-Shoulder Top
Buy A White Midi Dress
"The genius of a midi dress is that the length works for women—like me—who are an average height. Also, you can wear this style with flats or heels and it looks equally chic."
The Prince Mirrored Sunglasses
Elton Station Cuff Bracelet
Vicki Medium Bucket Bag
See by Chloe
Blond-Lace Panel Dress
Dress Up A Caftan
"The key to pulling off a caftan in the office is choosing one that isn't too beachy. Avoid transparent floor-grazing styles—which are perfect for vacation, but not right for work—and instead look for shorter versions in chambray, linen or cotton."
Pave Aquamarine + Lapis Cuff
Mirrored Sight Sunglasses
Layer Open Knits Over A Cami
"I love silk and cotton open-weave knits for summer—but be sure to always layer anything see-through with a cami, slip or tank. Whether you go for a '60s-inspired crochet poncho or a feminine woven dress, this breezy material is made for hot weather."
Bamboo Daily Leather Top Handle Bag
Avalon 55mm Retro Sunglasses
14K Pave Triangle Studs
Violette Silk Knit Dress
Opt For Polished Denim
"Even if you work in an office that allows denim, it's best to keep the really tattered, ripped-up styles for the weekend. Instead, try a polished A-line skirt and dress it up with a beautiful broderie anglaise blouse. Finish with a refined saddlebag and barely there sandals."
Tassel Faux-Leather Saddle Bag
Kelly Cocktail Ring
Broderie Anglaise Linen And Cotton Blouse
Button-down Denim Mini Skirt