As the weather heats up, you can inject some fun into your 9-to-5 wardrobe by incorporating a few Spring/Summer 2012 trends. Add a little spark to even the most conservative Corporate America looks by adding these five summer trends to your office attire. —Ashley Calloway
Peplum: This has been worn on the runways and by celebrity trendsetters including Solange, who wore a bright yellow peplum gown by Rachel Roy to this year’s Met Gala. You can take this look to work with a peplum top like this Zara option ($59.90), and match it with a pencil skirt and a skinny belt.
Colored pants: This may seem a bit risque, but when paired with the right pieces, colored pants can add that wow style statement to an office look. Skinny trousers such as these from Tahari by ASL ($89) do the trick, and be color-blocked with a bright top or coupled with a matching blazer.
Floral prints: While head-to-toe floral print may be better suited for weekend or afterwork leisure, you can still get in on the fun around the office with this floral shirt from Topshop ($80), which you can layer under a suit or pair with a neutral-hued cardigan.
Lace: You can take a more conservative spin on the lace overlay trend with this lace pencil skirt from Talbots ($119). Pair it with a fitted blazer, or a flowy, feminine blouse (or both) to get that polished yet demure look in the office.