Summer Work Ready

Top: Shein | Skirt: H&M (similar) | Heels: Forever 21 (similar) | Purse: Anne Klein (similar) | Sweater: Zara (similar)

I'm mentally preparing myself to return to work after a wonderful getaway in the Outer Banks, North Carolina this past week. The thought of pulling together chic officewear mid-summer is daunting - it's hard to beat the summer heat while also keeping warm in the brisk office A/C, but there are simple steps you can take to ensure you maintain your cool while at the workplace. 

Keep your pieces lightweight. I've been loving this crop top that I got as part of a two-piece set from Shein. It's a wonderful lightweight material and is just long enough to pair with a high-waisted pencil skirt and stay in "dress code."

Keep a sweater handy. Having a lightweight sweater around doesn't hurt, either, especially when you've finished cooling off and realize the A/C is overcompensating a bit. Having a light enough sweater to tuck in my handbag or tie around my shoulders/waist is a must for me!

When it comes to handbags, go medium. I know, the thought of carrying around a medium-sized bag is less than pleasing, especially during summertime, but having a good-sized handbag to tuck a sweater, small water bottle, oil-blotting sheets and other summer must-haves is oh-so-important. I am in love with this structured handbag from Anne Klein - it's the perfect size and oh, is it chic!

What are your go-to, saving grace tips for beating the summer heat while also looking your chic-est in the office? Share them with me in the comments below!