Sleek, tailored and pulled-together…none of these describe how we feel on a hot summer morning. We would all rather wear a swimsuit than a real suit (even if it is Le Smoking from Yves Saint Laurent). Sadly, the workweek or internship week doesn’t stop for hot weather. What do you do when you have to get dressed for anything that doesn’t allow flip flops? You turn to the staples; in this case, the blazer. It doesn’t have to be hot and stuffy and it can help your summer wardrobe get professional. Use it to top breezy dresses, bright colors and even a bit more skin. Keep your blazer working as hard as you do this summer, and start wearing the ‘summer suit’.

This Fashionista’s look is the perfect example. She matched her basic oversized blazer with summery pops of color. Its larger fit and a breezy white shirt makes it easy to build a look, keeping the colors from overtaking the outfit. With such a solid, neutral canvas, adding in color is easy. However, if you want to keep your look put-together, choose brightly colored flats (like her adorable patent orange pair!) rather than a strappy sandal, and keep your shorts a bit longer. The bright green shoulder bag on this Fashionista is a handy carry-all for going between work and play. The color pops work together to make the outfit playful without overwhelming the professional vibe.

Have fun this week playing with the ‘summer suit’. Dig out your black blazer from the ‘fall clothing’ box and start playing with brights. Take your sundress from beach cover-up to office wear by topping a primary colored piece with a fitted blazer. Trouser shorts in intense hues can be matched with a boyfriend blazer and loafers for a menswear inspired look. If your place of work is heavy on the air conditioning, try a bright pair of pants. Just pair them with black shoes that match the blazer; a color overload can be as bad as a work overload! Finally, tuck your swimsuit away for later in a bright carry-all. A workday might get dull, but your outfits don’t have to; a good ‘summer suit’ can keep the sunny feel going even off the beach… in my own professional opinion.


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