When it’s cold out, dressing for work is relatively easy. Layering means you don’t have to worry so much about keeping things covered up and appropriate. But once warmer weather starts to creep in, all bets are off. The best way to combat the potential faux paux when all you want to do is keep cool? Smart separates that are light, airy and polished. See below for some #ootd inspo from some of our fave style mavens.


1. Tailored Trousers: If you’re a pants kind of girl, the best way to keep cool without ditching your signature style is to opt for a pair of tailored culottes or lightweight trousers. Balance out a pretty floral print with a simple sleeveless top and a statement collar necklace for a polished finish. If you’re not ready to totally put your feet out there, mules are a happy medium between sandals and classic pumps. (via @itsnotheritsme)


Oasis Soft Iris Print Culotte ($49) + Warehouse V Neck Shell Top ($53), J. Crew Marlow Mules ($115), Emperia Fringe Faux Leather Tote ($54), Alexis Bittar Vert D’Eau Liquid Gold Tone Hinged Collar ($325), Emperia Fringe Faux Leather Tote ($54)


2. Sleeveless Jumpsuit: Forget the traditional suit. When things start warming up, trade out your favorite blazer and pants for a smart jumpsuit instead. Remember that fit is essential; anything too tight is a major no-no at the office, so opt for styles that give you room to breathe without looking sloppy. Add on a metallic belt to give the getup a little extra oomph. To complete the look, don a pair of sophisticated drop earrings and funky heels. (via @mystylevita)


H&M Sleeveless Jumpsuit ($60) + Seychelles Amulet Sandals ($110), ASOS Skinny Full Metal Waist Belt ($36), Madewell The Reversible Transport Tote in Indigo Tile ($198), A Peace Treaty Punya Earrings ($248), Zerouv Cross My Heart Sunglasses ($10)


3. Lightened-Up Layers: We like the way Mo of the Lion Hunter went with this edgy yet ladylike look. The blazer, which she tucked in, keeps the look feeling fit for your nine-to-five. When removed, it also gives way to a fun bralette top, ideal for happy hour. Below, a fresh, patterned skirt and chambray cami are great for staying cool, while a lightweight cropped jacket will come in handy for those times when the AC attempts to recreate the ice age in your cubicle. (via Lion Hunter)


COS Printed Cotton Skirt ($115) + H&M Short Jacket ($50), Zara Low-Heeled Jeweled Sandals ($80), Matt & Nat Blinkin Bag ($125), Mango Soft Denim Top ($40), Bauble Bar Gold Vertebrae Bib ($48), Capital Morgan Sunglasses ($145)


4. Sleeveless Vest and Bermuda Shorts: Now that you know how to rock a pair of Bermuda shorts in style, you’re just dying to find any excuse to whip them out, right? For those sweltering days when you’ve maxed out your arsenal of dresses and skirts, Bermudas are your BFF. Styled with a classic button-down and on-trend sleeveless blazer, they instantly look polished and office ready. (via @wendyslookbook)


River Island White Plain Boxy Shirt ($70) + J.Crew Collection Striped Silk-Twill Shorts ($120), Topshop Molly Longline Vest ($85), Takara Kali Bracelet ($120), Crap Eyewear The Human Fly in Crystal Peach ($54), French Connection Platform Wedge Espadrille Sandals ($150), Baggu Cross Body Bag ($120)

How do you handle the heat during the work week? What’s your go-to warm-weather look? Tell us in the comments!