There’s nothing professional about looking sweaty and hulas when you get to the office. Just imagine coming face to face with an important client and looking like you just fell into a pool. Pretty? Definitely not.

But staying fresh despite the heat IS a real, concrete issue when you’re working five days a week in the middle of summer. Just what do you wear to the office? We’ve got styling pegs below!

1. White out
When temperatures rise, it makes a lot of sense to reach for light colors—and white is just about the lightest in existence.
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2. Peep show
Crochet or lace fabrics come equipped with tiny holes that let breeze in, and you need a lot of that! Keep it work-appropriate by choosing the right silhouettes and lengths.
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3. Crop it like it’s hot
Slim black trousers, as professional as they may be, just aren’t as comfortable in the summer as, say, voluminous culottes that leave some skin exposed.
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4. Bring on the boho
A lightweight lace-up blouse is a warm-weather alternative to conventional collared button downs. Try it with a denim midi skirt for the right balance between cool and corporate.

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5. Let it slip

If you really must stick to black or other dark colors, try a feather-like slip dress topped with an easy blazer.
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6. Yes, you can layer
You might think layering is a ridiculous idea in the summer, but hear us out. A sleeveless dress becomes usable for the office when layered over a weightless blouse.
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7. Float away
Sheer fabrics that won’t add bulk are heaven-sent in this warm weather. Cut and silhouette are important, too, which is why a low-neck, long-sleeved style totally works.
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8. Easy does it
Consider shapes that fall away from your body, so you won’t feel suffocated. A slightly cropped tee paired with relaxed trousers and strappy sandals works outside the office, too.
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This story originally appeared on Cosmo.ph.

*Minor edits have been made by FemaleNetwork.com editors
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