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How to Wear as Little as Possible to Work and Still Look Professional

It's the time of year when you'll see men carrying their suits on the subway because it's too hot to wear them to work. So you might be feeling like the only thing weather-appropriate is a string bikini.

The trick is to wear structured pieces and to remember to balance everything out. If you're wearing a short skirt, be sure to wear a high neckline. If you're going sleeveless, bring the hemline of your mini skirt down an inch or so. I promise you—there are some skimpy things that look super professional. Here are some highly professional-looking picks for a hot summer workday from the most professional person in this building. (Not even close, but I know how to fool 'em).

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Miniskirt With Volume

If you're going to wear a mini to work, choose one that isn't tight. This skirt gets extra points for volume, front pleats and structure—a winning office-style combination.

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Miniskirt With Volume

Another trick is to choose demure prints and pleats to avoid seeming "sexy." It's decievingly skimpy, but very appropriate.

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Pleated Miniskirt

Luckily, pleated skirts are very of-the-moment. If you're going to wear one as short as this, be sure to choose a top with coverage.

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Pleated Miniskirt

Jacquard always gives the impression being prim, polished and even fancy.

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Peplum Top

They're girly and dressy enough to wear with a short pencil skirt.

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Peplum Top

If your peplum has a cap sleeve, you have automatic license to wear it with a short skirt.

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Collared Sleeveless Shirt

All of those buttons make you look work-ready. Choose one with an embellished collar or print for a little bit of extra fanciness.

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Collared Sleeveless Shirt

The embroidery adds a delicate element.

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Collared Sleeveless Shirt

That plain black mini skirt will look so good with this wild print.

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High Neckline Tank

Tanks with high necklines are much easier to get away with, and again, they're demure enough to wear with shorter skirts.

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High Neckline Tank

Boxy tops are another good trick because anything too form fitting too risqué. And this high crewneck doesn't hurt. Plus, this pink two-tone is a very easy layering piece for when you do want to wear more.

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Low Neckline Tank

Normally, I'd warn again wearing a deep-V of any kind to the office, but the loop hole is to find one with a very sophisticated print to elevate the look.

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Low Neckline Tank

Even though the V-neck is somewhat low, this cool print top is definitely fancy enough to tuck into a black, swingy skirt.

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Structured Tank Dress

If you're going to wear a tank dress that isn't very long, go for something with structure. This style is a lot more professional looking than a silky, flowly little dress.

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Structured Tank Dress

Here's another option in a slightly more daring print. This one would probably only fly in a more creative office.

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