My Summer Business Travel Capsule Wardrobe

a woman in a yellow and grey shirtThis summer, it has been really, really hot in Texas and other parts of the country. This has made getting dressed for work kind of tricky. How do you look professional yet stay cool? How do you walk that fine line between fashionable professional woman and church lady? I have struggled with this since May, and it has really taken that long to refine my strategy and put my summer capsule wardrobe together. The main components are (of course) neutrals: gray pencil skirt and khaki seersucker slacks. I top these with various combinations of blouses, camis, and cardigans. There are a couple of dresses that get supporting roles as well. Finish off the outfit with cute flats, and you are looking good and staying cool! And as a bonus, because I am on a pretty tight budget a short grey skirt with a beltthese days, I got all of these pieces at least 30% off, and none cost over $50. I can literally put together like thirty possible combinations.  My current faves  are the skirt with the pink floral blouse and green cardi, the slacks with the turquoise V-neck and pearls, and the black/white/blue dress with the black cardi and skinny belt.

The pieces:

  1. Gray pencil skirt from Old Navy
  2. Seersucker Curvy fit slacks from Ann Taylor Factory Store (similar to these Polished Cotton a woman in a green shirtpants, but in seersucker. The only picture I could find is this one from Ebay. Sorry!)
  3. Pink floral blouse from Talbots (similar to this one, but in pink)
  4. Chartreuse cardigan from Talbots
  5. Black short sleeved long cardigan from Nordstrom (I sized down so it would be more fitted)
  6. Gray/white patterned tee from Target
  7. Turquoise knit V-neck top
  8. White tee
  9. Black skinny belt
  10. Long pearls
  11. Tan ballet flatsa woman in a dress with a bicycle
  12. Gray peep toe flats
  13. Black/white/blue dress from Target
  14. Purple Everyday Jersey dress from Boden


  1. I love this! I’ve been struggling with dressing for the muggy NY summer. Thanks!

  2. @Terri as far as I can find, Boden is online only. But I LOVE everything I have gotten from them. Some of their stuff runs a little big, so go by the measurements listed for each garment.

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