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Question: What are some trendy casual business attire ideas for 2014?

Answer: It’s that time of the year again—the one that everyone has been waiting for. Yes, it’s now time to pull out that printed summer dress and tan wedges that you have been dying to show off all year. But wait, let’s not get too far ahead of ourselves. It’s a new year and we all want to look amazing this summer, but there is still work and internships to attend. Khyra Thomas, a sophomore at Howard University, comments on the subject of fashion in the workplace: “It’s so frustrating! I want to look cute in the summertime, but it’s tough when I have an internship that requires me to dress in business causal attire.”

Now the question presents itself: how does one remain fashionable in the workplace? Well, it’s all about bright colors and chic prints this year. According to the Pantone Fashion Color Report, this year’s top trending colors are freesia (an eye-popping yellow), celosia orange (an upbeat and rich orange), and cayenne (a bright easy red). There are also pastels such as violet tulip (a soft romantic violet), placid blue (a calm and peaceful blue), and hemlock (a summery pastel green). Among these colors there is also sand—a carefree neutral. This are the various colors that were named in the color report for this year. These colors can be played with in outfits for the work place. When dressing in your khakis or nude suit, dress it up with a button up mimicking the color of Cayenne. It’s bright enough for the work place, yet still professional.

This summer, it’s time to take off that basic black pencil skirt and rock full skirts, which are trending. These skirts can be paired with blouses for the workplace, and you can dress them up with heels. This skirt is the perfect color for the summer, but isn’t too much for the office. This skirt goes well with in any color, but I would say stay away from full patterened skirts—especially for the office, as it may be a bit be too much.

Now it’s time to kick off those black pumps and put on a pair of sling back heels. These heels are perfect for creating a fashion statement in the summertime. These heels featured above are none other than the Michael Kors Elisa Slingback Pumps; they complement any outfit without looking overdone.

As for suits, classic black is the safest choice when at the office, but it’s time to branch out with printed suits. These suits are an undeniably bold fashion statement for the office. The printed blazer can be paired with basic black skinny trousers, and printed trousers can be styled with a basic black or white button-up.

With summer finally here, it’s time to ditch that basic black suit and off your style in the office. The next time you’re getting dressed up for that 7 am commute, throw a pale yellow blouse on over that suit, switch out your heels for a pair of patterned flats, and jazz up that dress with a printed blazer. Summer is a time for vibrant color and patterns, and that doesn’t have to be taken away from you just because you’re a working lady—so go show off your fashion in the office! When you look good, you feel great; and that job or internship will feel that much more amazing.