WHAT TO WEAR: Day to Night

When summer rolls around in the city, it can be hard to keep both cool and classy throughout the entire day. Rushing back and forth between jobs, internships and going out with friends leaves little time for a wardrobe change, which calls for some fashion ingenuity. Forget about sport coats and starched collars! Switching out to thinner and more breathable fabrics can help beat the heat, while wearing brighter colors and funky textures is a great way to harness the summer energy and invigorate the classic business casual look.

Starting with an earthy palette of an olive button-down shirt and classic khaki pants from Forever 21, this Fashionisto takes to the streets of the old parts of the city with a modern vibe. The nature-inspired color scheme continues with the light blue suede Calvin Klein Faulkner boots. Their texture and color reminds one of the ocean, especially when paired up with the sand colored khakis, which allow this Fashionisto to carry a little bit of the beach with them even while they are in the concrete jungle.

Accessories are what really makes this outfit pop. The abstract pattern of this Fashionisto’s Topman tie spices up the look and counterbalances the serious and subtle color scheme of the shirt and pants with a fun burst of color. However, because the main color of the tie is the same as the boots, this look maintains harmony. A simple black belt and a Skagen watch makes this outfit more professional, while the final touch of black sunglasses makes it ready for spending a whole day unbothered by the summer sun.

One Simple Change: Need to look a bit more casual if you’re going out with friends? Swap the Faulkner boots for a pair of sneakers and you’re ready for the night.