How to look professional at a work meeting during the dog days
  1. A sleek dress is instant style for a summer work meeting
  2. Accessories keep things interesting
  3. Try an all white summer look
  4. Summer work meeting outfit suggestions

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A sleek dress is instant style for a summer work meeting

Typically one associates meetings in summer more with BBQ, rehearsals, weddings, 4th of July, or family reunions. However, lives goes on also in summer. This means there are also work meetings. A skirt suit or pants suit seem just too hot on the commute to work in the mid of the dog days of summer. A white sheath with abstract floral print is a great instant way to stay cool, and look professional in a meeting on a hot summer day.

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over 50 years old style book author in floral sheath for a work meeting during the dog days
Elie Tahari abstract floral print sheath, MOSCHINO vintage belt, D&GM sunglasses, studded slingbacks, and Celine bag (all own)

Accessories keep things interesting

The floral print colors permit a variety of possibilities to change the look color wise. Just pick a different color to feature when you repeat the dress the next time for a work meeting. Compare the look above and below. I wear my floral sheath with a MOSCHINO belt, my red Celine bag and studded orange-peach slingback heels. In the look below, I went for an orange mini bag and a light pink leather jacket.

mature style woman in office outfit

#fashionover50 woman in sheath
Outfit details: Abstract floral print Elie Tahari sleeveless summer sheath dress, vintage MOSCHINO belt, Hermes collier de chien bangle, unbranded studded red orange pumps, pink Newport News motorcycle jacket, and orange mini bag (all own)

See the interesting hemline and neckline of this dress. A necklace would be too much. However, an abstract brooch works.More on how to accessorize with brooches at the link.

Invest in classic sunglasses for work lunch meetings

Since at this time a year, the Sun is up the entire work day, you should have a pair of sunglasses handy that matches the vibe of the dress. You may need them for the walk to a work lunch meeting or even during lunch when the group decided to sit outside. Squeezing your eyes never looks professional.

black and gray summer work outfit
Gray summer skirt with belt, Jones New York silk top, DIY necklace, Hermes collier de chien cuff, charm bracelet, quartz bangle, silver bangles, square hoop earrings, Ralph Lauren silver pumps, Paloma Picasso sunglasses and Celine bag (all own)

Don’t forget a jacket

This advice sounds counter productive. However, when the heat is on, the air condition is also on. This means it may be cold at the office when you come from outside. Thus, a jacket can help to avoid to catch a cold.

Stylist tip: Have a cardigan or denim jacket in a neutral color that works with most of your summer clothes in a drawer of your desk.

dress with denim jacket

work outfit with abstract floral print sheath
Details of the look: Gloria Vanderbilt pumps, Chanel belt, Hermes enamel bangles, Ray Ban sunglasses, Hermes collier de chien cuff, Fossil denim jacket, leopard pendant necklace, Phillip Lim 3.1 medium size Pashli bag (all own)

Try an all white summer look

What is the trick to make white on white work? It is the mix of structure and material. The embroidered tucked in tunic gives structure that is quite different from the leather skirt and fine knitted cardigan. For more tips on how to style a monochromatic look see the post at the link.

all white work outfit

older woman in white summer office look with separates
Outfit details: Mode International cardigan, Oliveo white leather skirt, Gloria VanderBilt pumps, LV bag, Hermes collier de chien cuff, pearl necklace, Ray Ban sunglasses, multiple string pearl necklace,  LV Murakami saddle bag, and Indian embroidered blouse (all own)

The look above is also an example of how to incorporate an ethnic piece in a western outfit. The red pumps and multi-color printed white Louis Vuitton bag with studs add interest. In Europe, white wearing white seems to be considered too much work to keep the white crisp and white, and to stay clean, wrinkle free and unstained. Thus, a white blouse or bottom down shirt is as far as a European woman will go unless she is a bride. On the contrary, wearing white in summer is an American tradition.

Summer work meeting outfit suggestions

Here some visual inspirations for professional looks to wear at a work meeting in summer. The look in the next photo works in a business casual environment.

style book author Nicole Mölders in denim summer dress
Liz Claiborne chambray shirt dress, Madonna True or Dare floral pumps, D&G Madonna sunglasses, snake imprint shoulder bag, Russian enamel pendant necklace, Festina watch, Native American inlay belt and cuff, Hermes collier de chien cuff (all own)
fashion blogger Nicole showing how to look professional during the dog days in a military inspired shirt dress Military inspired shirt dress with pumps and structured bag , Hermes collier de chien cuff for work meeting, Ray Ban aviator sunglasses for the commute (all own)
skirt with button-down shirt Oliveo button-down shirt, Oliveo skirt, Gloria VanderBilt pumps, Kieselstein Cord belt, Ray Ban aviator sunglasses, multiple string pearl necklace, Hermes cdc cuff,  and LV bucket bag (all own)

Please feel free to pin the photos to your pinterest post.

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Is the unofficial summer work dress code more casual than the official work dress code at your workplace? What are your work dress code challenges during the heat of summer?

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