See this bold colors summer business casual separates look
Liz Claiborne silk blouse, purple statement belt with gemstone buckle, gemstone cuff, Sam Edelmann bucket bag, amethyst earrings (all own), asymmetric bi-color custom-made pencil skirt c/o Rita Phil, and Ivanka Trump pink suede heels c/o WikiBuy
  1. Summer outfit for the office
  2. How to alter this look
  3. Top of the World Style linkup party No. 263

Summer outfit for the office

How to beat the summer office outfit challenge. It’s warm outside and chilly or cool at the office, in public transportation or the own vehicle. Another aspect is that summer clothes especially light (comfortable) cotton-print dresses are typically cheaper than cold season clothes and easily look frumpy. A way out are wearing separates.

Today’s post provides a summer business casual outfit with separates that goes beyond the traditional color scheme of all neutrals. You can find tips especially on how to dress for summer work meetings during the Dog Days in the post at this link.

Indeed the example outfit featured in today’s post builds on three statement colors that are quasi analogous colors on the color wheel. Fuchsia and purple. The asymmetric skirt provided the color palette. A purple silk blouse, black statement belt with purple gemstone flower-inspired buckle and pink shoes plus nude pantyhose were added. The combination is tied together by the colors of the skirt.


over 50 years old blogger in summer separates of bi-color skirt, matching shirt and heels

Alaskan fashion blogger in color blocked separates of skirt and blouse with pumps

stylist in shirt-skirt look with pumps and bag
Liz Claiborne silk blouse,  statement belt with purple gemstone buckle, gemstone cuff, Sam Edelmann bucket bag, unbranded pantyhose, amethyst earrings (all own), asymmetric bi-color custom-made pencil skirt c/o Rita Phil, and Ivanka Trump pink suede heels c/o WikiBuy


When you like the outfit, why not pinning it to your Pinterest board?

When your work dress code does not require pantyhose, skip them for comfort on very hot days. However, keep in mind they are awesome to create a flawless leg look as they hide spider veins or even out non-tanned skin.

When the work code requires hosiery, stockings have come a long way.  Why not giving them a try?

How to alter this look

When the AC of your office is over-performing, a cardigan or light sweater in pink look great with this outfit. When you add a black cardigan go with a black belt and black heels instead of the purple belt and pink heels.

The shirt-skirt look also works with purple or nude pumps or a pink belt. On a rainy day, a taupe or black trench coat are a great option to protect yourself from the elements.

Instead of accentuating your waist by a belt, you could tuck in the blouse (which looks very conservative) or do a half-tuck. The look may work with a classic neutral color blazer in the fashion forward corporate style world as well.


zoom on the outfit accessories
Zoom-in on outfit details of Cartier just un clou bangle, amethyst flower belt, gemstone cuff, Sam Edelmann studded bucket top handle shoulder bag and amethyst pendant necklace (all own)

Wrapping up

For an interesting summer business casual look try to look for classic cuts in non-neutral colors to make a style or fashion statement and stick out of the crowd of blue, black, brown, tan, beige and grey clothes. See the post at the link for more ideas on how to look great with more than 3 colors in one outfit.

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What are you wearing these days? Just curious.

Top of the World Style linkup No. 263

#linkup Top of the World Style linkup party every week on Thursday

Welcome to the 263rd Top of the World Style linkup party.

blogger Nancy in navy pants and top, neon yellow booties and cropped cardigan
Nancy Baten’s post at Nancy’s Fashion Style became the Top of the World OOTD Readers’ Fav. Photo from her post.
Blogger Shelbee with husband in wedding attire
Michelle of Shelbee on the Edge became Top of the World Style Winner. Photo from her post.
mom blogger Laura in romantic green tie dye white maxi dress
Laura of I do deClaire became Top of the World OOTD My Fav. Photo from her post.

Congrats Ladies! Grab your award buttons.

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Photos of me: G. Kramm

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This Post Has 13 Comments

  1. Mr.Rios

    That dress is definitely work-place-worthy and very stylish to boot! The colors are lively and the fuchsia block was perfectly placed to give the illusion of an elongated look. The pairing with those heels was brilliant. One thing you have definitely taught us, Nicole, is that “You’re never fully dressed without a smile.” Thank you for the smiles and styles!

  2. Nadine Fei

    Loveley Outfit, dear Nicole! This asymetric skirt is amazing. You look geourgeous!
    xxxxx Nadine

  3. thestylesplash

    I love these colours Nicole, very chic!

    Emma xxx

  4. stinedurfdl

    I love the beautiful colors Nicole!

  5. donnadoesdresses

    It’s so refreshing to see all of this beautiful, bold colour and the edginess of that skirt and blouse combo is gorgeous!! Great advice and walking the talk – thank you!!
    Donna 🧚🏻‍♀️❤️🐝

  6. Jodie

    Now that’s perfect Nicole!! Color makes everything better.

  7. mummabstylish

    You look amazing Nicole, love the shoes too! Jacqui Thanks for hosting the #linkup

  8. Jess

    Love the color blocking and the way you broke it up with your belt. Looks so lovely on you!
    jess xx

  9. mireilleftm

    I love the bright colors!

  10. Ellibelle

    Such an elegant look! Loving these colors together and the heels look fabulous!
    Ellibelle’s Corner

  11. shelbeeontheedge1

    Nicole, thanks so much for the feature today! That was a pleasant surprise to start my day. I am loving this outfit you are wearing here. The colors are so beautiful and the pairing is magnificent! Well done.


  12. Linda Cassidy

    All time fav look here. Love everything about this especially the bold colours. Looking fabulous

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