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Ask BB: What to Wear to Work This Summer

I am having a fashion emergency! I am a young professional and this is my first summer working in a business casual environment. Can you suggest some looks on a budget that will get me through the hot summer months at the office? —Paige

Between the sweltering heat outside and the frigid air-conditioned indoors, dressing stylishly for work can be a huge challenge - but it's not entirely impossible if you have a few key pieces in your closet. Here are 3 outfit ideas to help you achieve workplace chic this summer (click on any item for shopping details):

Summer staple: Cotton pants
How to wear them: Sleeveless top, lightweight blazer and fun pumps.
Some guidelines: I'm a big advocate of black twill pants because they're dressy, go with everything and totally comfortable. If you can find a pair with a bit of spandex, these will give you a bit of stretch and hold their shape better when you wash them.

The Budget Babe's Jeep Compass 'Driven Women' Video

Jeep Compass asked some of their favorite Glam bloggers to create short videos about what motivates them to do what they do. Besides my love of a great bargain, my motivation is simple: It's my readers! Your comments, questions, style and support inspire me to seek out the best trends and to strive to make my blog a fun and informative place to visit. You've also helped me break out of my shell which makes doing a video like this even possible. If you think being on camera is tough, try doing it while driving in Manhattan traffic lol.

But that's just the first part of the video: In the second half, I share 3 quick and easy tips for transitioning a look from day to night. Let me know what you think!

To learn more, you can read my backstory on this video here.

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23 city / 29 hwy EPA estimated mpg with 2.0L engine and five-speed manual transmission, 4x2.
MSRP excludes destination, taxes, title and registration fees. Starting at prices refers to the base model, optional equipment not included. Jeep is a registered trademark of Chrysler Group LLC.

FTC Disclosure: Compensation was provided by the Jeep® brand via Glam Media. The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of Jeep® brand.

BB's Personal Note: I was not paid to do this video.