How To Create A Stylish Summer Work Wardrobe

summer workwear 3aHey curvy girls all over the world,

Whether you work in a corporate office or in a creative space, finding professional work clothes during summer can be tricky. I believe you don’t have to sacrifice style for comfort. Especially during the summer months. To stay cool and stylish at work during the summer heat, you need a few key versatile pieces. I teamed up with friends to the blog Gwynnie Bee to show you how I create a stylish work wardrobe during the summer.


Gwynnie Bee is a plus size clothing subscription service that caters to women sizes 14-30. You can rent clothes from them on a monthly basis without breaking the bank. Gwynnie Bee allows you to create a virtual online closet where you can rent up to 3 pieces a month. You can rent clothes from brands like Eloquii, City Chic, Adriana Papell, and more. The clothes are professionally dry cleaned and they offer free shipping and free returns. All for a small monthly fee.


Right now, you can get a 30 day free trial from Gwynnie Bee by signing up HERE


I’m going to share with you my plus size work clothes style tips and tricks.  They will help you look professional, polished, and of course stylish. All the pieces I’m wearing are from Gwynnie Bee.

Now, for my summer plus size work clothes style tips

Rock a shirt dress

Shirt dresses are a wardrobe essential. It’s one of the most universally flattering styles on any shape. You can literally wear them year round. I love them for the summer because they are simple and automatically give you a professional look. I found this Alice & You navy and white striped dress and fell in love with the stripes. I like to call them corporate stripes. The structure and boldness of the dress is modern, youthful, and still professional.

Alice & You Striped Shirt dress

Summer Workwear Gwynnie Bee

Style Tip: For long sleeve shirt dresses, I always roll the sleeves up during the summer and I look for ones with light weight breathable fabrics.

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For the Alice & You shirt dress, I accessorized with a structured navy tote, white minimalist sandals, and a statement necklace.

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Try A Utility Dress

I love include trendy pieces into my work wardrobe. I am obsessed with this moto utility dress. It’s perfect for the office. This moto utility dress can also serve as a double duty piece. I can unzip it and rock it as a sleeveless vest.

City Chic Moto Dress

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Style Tip: If you work in a creative office, play around with colorful shoes and handbags to punch up your office looks.

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Since my look was very bold, Makeup artist Anthony Green kept my makeup simple with gold eyeshadow and a subtle purple lip.

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I slipped on a pair of green strappy sandals and added a red bag for a fun summer office look.

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Try A Tie Neck Blouse And Cropped Blazer

For those cool and breezy summer days a blouse and blazer combo can be fun. This green Xtwo Jean Blazer and arrow printed blouse makes for a fun and unexpected combo. I like to mix prints with colors to show a little style flair at the office.

Xtwo Blazer, Arrow Printed Blouse

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Style Tip: Pair blazers or tie neck blouses with jeans for a polished casual Friday look. If it gets too hot, you can always remove the blazer and roll up the sleeves on the blouse.

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I added a navy satchel bag and gladiator sandals for a laid back look.

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A Bold Sophisticated Dress

For those sweltering hot summer days, all you really need is a sleek, chic, sophisticated dress that can take you from desk to dinner.

Blue Cobalt Glass Dress

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Style Tip: Choose a fitted (not tight) dress that skims over your curves. Make sure the dress hits you at the knee for an office appropriate look. 

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For this sleek printed dress, I went with a pair of strappy sandals and a structured tote.

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I added a little extra wow factor to the look with a pair of drop earrings.

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For more plus size work clothes checkout Gwynnie Bee. If you haven’t tried the plus size fashion subscription service yet,

you can sign up for a 30 day free trial HERE


Makeup By: Anthony Green

Photography: Trevor James

*This post was sponsored by Gwynnie Bee but all opinions are my own


  1. July 25, 2016 / 1:01 pm

    I love your eye for patterns and colors! These outfits all looks wearable, professional, and fun! Great job, you make me think I need to give dresses a try again – I’m normally a pants girl, but I might be persuaded.


  2. August 8, 2016 / 3:06 am

    always You are able to create stunning Outfits,
    You’re such a great Artist of Style…cheers!

    • alissa
      August 9, 2016 / 8:14 am

      Thank you!

  3. June 13, 2020 / 3:45 am

    Great article! I am a plus size women and I love these styles. I am so inspired and got some great ideas from this article. Thanks a lot for sharing.

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