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What to Wear to Work This Summer

Stay cool and professional when it’s hot—even as you rock your own style.

Take a few summer fashion trends, add a lot of you, and you’re ready to work it when the temperature rises. Photographs by Heidi Niemala, Styling by Kathy Kalafut, Hair by Linh Nguyen, Makeup by Viktorija Bowers.

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A Little Bit of Bling

Two spring 2016 runway faves: sparkle for day and the paper-bag waist. Marry them, and you’ve got a super ensemble. Here, the mirrored Zara TRF Outerwear Hand- made Embroidered Jacket in Blue and Premium Collection Peasant Tunic in White over the Paper-Bag-Waist Skirt in Mustard ($169, $50 and $50, zara.com). Tie on these sweet Marc Fisher Truthe Suede Slingbacks in Tan ($89, marcfisherfootwear.com), and add the statement BaubleBar Turquoise Bold Beaded Strands Necklace and Sardinia Drops ($38 each, baublebar.com) along with the Giles & Brother Encrusted Triple Twist and Ball Ring Set ($95, gilesandbrother.com).

Photo: Heidi Niemala

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Orange Is the New ...

Yep, this hot hue is a seasonal staple. By pairing the Ann Taylor Shrunken Ann Cardigan with Leaf Jacquard and Greta Skirt in Fiesta Orange ($89 each, anntaylor.com), you’ve got the trend covered without being too-too. Slip on LifeStride Peep-Toe Patent Leather Teller Slingbacks in Inky Navy ($40, lifestride.com) and grab the Kate Spade New York Breath of Fresh Air Prima Clutch ($298, katespade.com). Then polish the look with the Giles & Brother Cortina Double-Link Cuff and Skinny X Knot Pavé Ring ($170 and $80, gilesandbrother.com).

Photo: Heidi Niemala

Spring office fashion

Crop It

Nothing says summer cool like wearing white in the right proportions. Case in point: the Marciano Lizabeth Jacket and Viviana Cropped Pants ($248 and $148, marciano.com) over the LC Lauren Conrad Crochet Crop Top ($40, kohls.com). And then, oooh, add lush fuchsia contrast with Guess Suede Alexis Sandals ($110, guess.com) and the Reed Boxer Large Satchel ($119, kohls.com). Accessorize with Guess Color Me Pretty Drop Earrings ($18, guess.com) and Gucci Black Cat-Eye Frames ($415, Gucci and high-end optical retailers).

Photo: Heidi Niemala

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Peachy Keen

This is just so easy, airy and right for sunny workdays. Slip the Zara Boyfriend Jacket in Peach ($100, zara.com) over the St. John’s Bay Ikat Tunic with Tassel Tie in Navy and the Liz Claiborne Faux Wrap Skirt in Indigo ($36 and $45, jcpenney.com). Give the look extra attitude with Lucky Brand Mabonnee Lace-up Flats ($69, shoebuy.com) along with Giles & Brother Gold Hook Earrings, Antique Brass Hinge Cuff with Hook Bracelet, and Spike Brass Ring ($70, $195 and $65, gilesandbrother.com).

Photo: Heidi Niemala

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On the Fringe

Also showing up on the spring runways: well-placed fringe accents. To wear them subtly and sweetly, slip into this Madewell Dress in White ($98, madewell.com), with the so-pretty Brooks Brothers Supima Cotton Vintage Floral-Embroidered Cardigan to keep your shoulders warm indoors ($188, brooksbrothers.com). Pick up the color in Nine West Gelabelle Peep-Toe Pumps in Blue ($89, shoebuy.com), and accent with the Guess Petite Bow Watch ($85, guess.com) and Kate Spade New York Nikki Sunglasses in Pink ($155, solsticesunglasses.com).

Photo: Heidi Niemala

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Vested Interest

Just right for warm temps, a no-sleeve suitlike ensemble like the Michael Michael Kors Linen Hemp Vest and Pants with the Rib Tank Sweater ($160, $120 and $70, michaelkors.com). Kick it up a notch in Nine West Galiceno Suede Heel Sandals ($109, ninewest.com), and elevate with the Michael Kors Kempton Watch in Tortoise ($195, michaelkors.com) and the Giles & Brother Archer Ring ($75, gilesandbrother.com).

Photo: Heidi Niemala

Summer Fashion 7

Blazer Glory

Sure, hang on to your blazer this summer—just help it relax. For example, mix the Donna Degnan ¾-Sleeve Solid Blazer in Navy ($322, donnadegnan.com) with the Nautica Ribbed Sleeveless Top and Wide-Leg Linen Pants ($148 each, nautica.com). Keep up the casual in Indigo Rd. Haylei Suede Wedges in Navy ($75, belk.com) while toting the cleverly color-blocked Reed Boxer Handbag ($119, kohls.com). Then add interest with the Bleu NYC Pink Elephant Pendant ($22, jcpenney.com) and finish with the Giles & Brother Two-Part Twist & Ball Earrings and Double-Spike Pave Ring ($95 and $80, gilesandbrother.com).

Photo: Heidi Niemala

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