I don’t know about you guys but my motivation for getting dressed up for work takes a nose dive when the hot weather hits, and it becomes way more of a challenge to put together professional looking outfits. Here’s a few of my favourite items in my summer wardrobe that get a lot of wear and keep things easy.

Relaxed but Polished Sleeveless Blouse

Here is the sleeveless version of the same Portofino shirt, which is perfect for summer. It looks good on its own, or you can layer it under a blazer or cardigan. I usually size up in the sleeveless version for a more relaxed fit. It pairs perfectly, either tucked or un-tucked, with the Express ankle pant listed above.

Summer Dress that will take you into Fall

Dresses are an absolute must for me during the summer months! There is nothing better than an airy dress on a hot day, and this one fits the bill perfectly. The large pattern on makes this dress stand out, but the neutral pattern keeps it perfect for the office.

Patterned Blouse

Even though it’s summer, I still like to stick to neutrals for the most part (as you can see from my picks) but I do like to change things up with a pattern. These Portofino shirts from Express are so great, I have a bunch of them in both the long sleeved and sleeveless versions. They fit really well and come in a ton of colours and patterns. The bee pattern is really unique but not over the top and can be dressed up or down.

Essential Cardigan

Anyone who works in an office knows the struggle of having to dress for hot temps outside and overly air conditioned offices! I always keep a cardigan (or two) at the office to prevent freezing, and this is a cheap option that gives you a bunch of colour options.

Simple Stud Earrings

My lack of inspiration in the summer months is especially fatal when it comes to wearing jewellery, so I tend to keep things simple. There is nothing worse than wearing a stack of bangles only to have them make you gross and sweaty. Tiny stud earrings are my go to, and I have been wearing these little triangles non-stop. They come in a set of 10 pairs from Forever 21 for less than $8, so you can stock up and not worry about losing a pair!

Fun and Flowy Midi Skirt

How cute is this skirt? I love skirts in the summer for the same reason I love dresses, air flow! This one is nice and lightweight, and the pleats fall so nicely. The silver metallic colour is a fun twist but still neutral enough to make it easy to pair with a colourful shirt.

Fancy Flats that feel like Flip Flops

Once you go Poppy Barley you will never go back, they are a splurge but oh so worth it. I could not love these flats more! They are so, so comfortable that it will feel like you are wearing flip flops, but since flip flops are an absolute no-go at the office, you should wear these. Comfy, cute and exceptional quality…so much good!

Boxy Blouse

I’ve (somewhat) jumped on the cropped shirt trend that’s everywhere right now, but nothing too cropped and only with high-waisted pants or skirts. This blouse has been on constant rotation in my wardrobe for the last few months because it’s short enough that it works well with high-waisted skirts but is still long enough to wear with jeans without having a bunch of extra fabric to tuck in.

Ankle Length Dress Pants

I own four pairs of these pants in various shades and patterns…pretty much enough said! I love Express dress pants, and these are the best for summer. They have a perfect mid-rise, and the fabric has just enough weight to hang nicely without being overly warm. I wear these with flats all the time (I’m a flats person) but they look great (probably even better) with a pair of pointed-toe pumps.

Work Wear for the Summer


  1. Love your work style! I am sure up in Edmonton you see a lot of cold days. The climate where I live is fairly moderate so I get away with wearing items like those included in those included in this post year round. When I travel for work to chillier places I always feel lost. I would love to see what your winter work wear consists of!

    • Sarah Reply

      Thanks! I’m jealous right now, we’re still in the midst of Winter right now so I’m dreaming about summer days. My winter workwear is actually pretty similar but with lots of thicker knit cardigans and warm tights.

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