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. <i>—Ashley Calloway</i>
<strong>Peplum: </strong>This has been worn on the runways and by celebrity trendsetters including Solange, who wore a <strong><a href="http://www.peoplestylewatch.com/people/stylewatch/gallery/0,,20593691_21156909,00.html#21156842" target="_blank">bright yellow peplum gown</a></strong> by Rachel Roy to this year’s Met Gala<strong></strong>. You can take this look to work with a peplum top like <strong><a href="http://www.zara.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/product/us/en/zara-us-S2012/189508/788519/TOP%2BWITH%2BFRILL%2BAT%2BTHE%2BHIP" target="_blank">this Zara option</a></strong> ($59.90), and match it with a pencil skirt and a skinny belt.
<strong>Colored pants: </strong>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 <strong><a href="http://www1.macys.com/shop/product/tahari-by-asl-pants-skinny-trousers?ID=689719" target="_blank">Tahari by ASL</a></strong> ($89) do the trick, and be color-blocked with a bright top or coupled with a matching blazer.
<strong>Floral prints:</strong> 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 <strong><a href="http://us.topshop.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/ProductDisplay?beginIndex=0&viewAllFlag=&catalogId=33060&storeId=13052&productId=5851267&langId=-1&categoryId=&searchTerm=Longsleeve%20Floral%20Shirt&pageSize=20" target="_blank">floral shirt from Topshop</a></strong> ($80), which you can layer under a suit or pair with a neutral-hued cardigan.
<strong>Neon: </strong>Many designers and celebs have an <strong><a href="http://globalgrind.com/style/hot-def-solange-shines-canary-spins-tiffanys-photos">affinity for bright colors</a></strong>, so the neon trend is definitely a hot one. Add pops of color to your work wardrobe with vibrant pieces such as this <strong><a href="http://shop.nordstrom.com/s/juicy-couture-neon-blazer/3280472" target="_blank">Juicy Couture neon blazer</a></strong> ($278).
<strong>Lace: </strong>You can take a more conservative spin on the lace overlay trend with this <strong><a href="http://www.talbots.com/online/browse/product_details.jsp?id=prdi28854" target="_blank">lace pencil skirt from Talbots</a></strong> ($119). Pair it with a fitted blazer, or a flowy, feminine blouse (or both) to get that polished yet demure look in the office.