Warm-Weather Workwear: Five Style Staples

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Hot, sticky, and humid: Is it just us, or have the past few weeks of spring felt like summer? While we appreciate the sunshine, we're not so thrilled about feeling our dry-clean-only work clothes clinging to our sweaty selves, especially when living in the city means that walking is a part of the commute.

Enter five lightweight, summery workwear staples that can be mixed, matched, and worn again and again. In fact, they may even become your daily uniform. What are these summer workhorses? A blazer (#1), a sleeveless silk top (#4), a striped dress (#7), a patterned pencil skirt (#10), and a pair of slim-fit skimmer pants (#12). The key features of all these pieces are the fabric's weight and the shape's versatility. Light and airy is the name of the game.

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1. Topshop, $95 / 2. Nordstrom, $71 / 3. Zara, $80 / 4. Oasis, $32 / 5. Mango, $25 / 6. Sole Society, $60 / 7. Banana Republic, $100 / 8. Sole Society, $75 / 9. Nordstrom, $135 / 10. Bloomingdale's, $320 / 11. Joe Fresh, $19 / 12. J.Crew, $90

Colors are important as well. Stick to light neutrals such as creams, whites, and grays. You may want to add in a few bright and punchy colors because, well, it's summer! Colors can also be great day-to-night options. Keep bottoms breathable with cotton-based fabrics, and use navy blue or gray as a slight summery step-up from black. If you must go for black, aim for a short-sleeved or sleeveless top in an airy fabric such as silk or a polyester mix.

Your best fashion friends are your accessories. Keep these favorites on standby—a printed scarf, a couple handbags (one classic and neutral, one fun and colorful), and a fantastic pair of kitten heels or trendy (and comfy) slip-on mules—and you're set to sail through the coming summer months looking and feeling way cool.

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