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NSFW Look #1: Flip Flops
We’ve all wanted to pull a Peter Gibbons from Office Space and stroll into work wearing flip-flops, a Hawaiian shirt and a who-cares attitude. But then we remember we have credit card bills. Sigh. So save the plastic dime-store thongs for the pool if you want to keep the paychecks rolling in. Instead, upgrade to a luxe-looking leather sandal with chunky straps or a cute peep-toe wedge in a pretty print. If your office has a closed-toe shoe policy, try a colorful sling-back heel.
NSFW Look #2: Strapless
Do you commute to work on roller skates? Then don’t squeeze into a tube top or risk a wardrobe malfunction with a strapless dress. Rule of thumb: if you can’t wear a standard bra with it, you probably shouldn’t wear it to the office. Layer your look instead, topping a fitted shift dress with a blazer that you can remove on lunch breaks and after-hours.
NSFW Look #3: Beach Bag
Your work bag shouldn't serve double duty as your shore catch-all. After all, you don’t want to be sprinkling sand all over your desk or harboring hermit crabs in your file cabinets. If you like bag that's big, try a structured tote in a light colored leather. It’ll work well with your cheerier seasonal looks and make the morning drudgery seem slightly more bearable.
NSFW Look #4: Tank Tops
Casual ribbed tanks are best left for the gym and the BBQs this time of year. An easy safe-for-work swap? The sleeveless button-down. Worn with a classic pencil skirt or a skinny ankle-length pant, the look is effortlessly cool. But keep a cardi at the ready to cover up if you have a last-minute meeting or to combat that freezing office AC!
NSFW Look #5: Low-Cut Anything
You don’t want to smother the girls in this sweltering heat or suffer from unfortunate under-boob sweat, but allowing your cleavage to breathe in a revealing V-neck top or spaghetti-strap dress might earn you some HR finger-wagging. A flowy, silk bohemian blouse or tunic in a graphic print or floral pattern offers the breath of fresh air you need, without suffocating your chances of a promotion.
NSFW Look #6: Short Shorts
Eh, just no. Unless your office is a Hooters restaurant. Instead, slim, knee-length Bermudas worn with a blazer offer a tropical take on the suit. Or pair them with the aforementioned sleeveless shirt and espadrilles for an almost-at-the-beach, casual-Friday ensemble.
NSFW Look #7: Crop Tops
Midriff-baring crop tops are awesome for summer music festivals. Not so much for weekly staff meetings. That doesn’t, however, mean that showing a slice of skin has to be tawdry. If done correctly you can wear subtle keyhole necklines, laser-cut overlays or dresses with a bit of an open back.
NSFW Look #8: Minis
It's tempting to want to flaunt your toned and tanned legs 24/7 during the summer, but short skirts and mini-dresses need to be reserved as weekend-only wear. A timeless shirtdress in chambray or a bright color will provide just the right amount of thigh coverage and appear professional without looking stuffy.
NSFW Look #9: Tight Everything
There's something about the heat that makes a few working girls dress like they're starring in an American Apparel ad — all Spandex and Lycra. Instead of going tight, look for clothes in woven fabrics that skim rather than squeeze the life out of your figure.