Does the very thought of your work wardrobe– the button up shirts, cardigans and trousers– make you feel far too warm? Sundresses, maxi dresses and shorts are far cooler options, but are not really office appropriate. What a dilemma.
It can pose as quite the style conundrum when it comes to dressing in the morning and you may find yourself questioning your fashion sense; ‘would my boss notice my skirt is a tad short’ or ‘is this top too low?’ Then it hits you. You have nothing to wear to work!
While it may be easier to throw on your holiday shorts and t-shirt, wearing it to work may not be so well received…It’s time to think outside the box and expand your creativity in the workwear department and invest in some clever office clothes for when things heat up.
Life & Style have pulled together the go-to looks to help you seamlessly transition to easy summer workwear that is super stylish and comfy.
Work Shoes for On-Duty
The trick is to dress from your feet and work upwards. When you’re wearing summer sandals, it’s a good time to treat yourself to a pedicure and set your toes free from the coverage and darkness they endured over the winter.
If they’re not quite Summer ready you can get your feet into backless mules or slippers which are bang on trend. They’re super comfortable and practical for work and casual days without looking like you’re about to hit the beach. You can find smart mules that provide toe coverage but also allow you to easily kick them off behind the desk to let your feet breathe. What a brilliant creation!
Smart Tops & Blouses for Summer
Now that we have the footwear out of the way, it’s time to think about the top half of the outfit. You’ll want to wear something that is fashionably summery yet functional for work. Boxy silhouette tops that are loose fitting or made in a cotton linen mix allow for a little more breeziness. You don’t want something that will cling to you or you’ll be walking around with your arms tucked in to hide the sweat patches. Not cool!
Take time to find one in a soft fabric as it will serve you well in the summer months. Also feel the material against your skin as high quality material means you’ll get more wear out of it for those rushed mornings and they’ll still appear dressy and smart like you’ve taken your sweet time.
A white shirt is a good example as it’s a classic piece that will always be a good choice for work. Team it with a long skirt or slouchy tailored trousers for a relaxed, comfortable fit. Or why not make the most of the off-the-shoulder trend and see how well it looks when it’s teamed up with your culottes and summer sandals. What a hot look for work!
Breezy Wide Leg Trousers
It really does depend on where you work, but it’s always good to keep a few trend-led pieces at the forefront of your summer wardrobe. Crop trousers are so in right now, take for example culottes, oversized wide leg trousers or jumpsuits. They are big in trend and work well for in and out of the office with flats, block heels or wedges.
For the after work drinks all you have to do is fluff up your hair, add a statement necklace and apply some lippy to dramatically switch it up for the night. The flowy material gives you the breeze you need in the heat without feeling sticky.
Non Pencil Skirts for The Office
The pencil skirt is sure to talk business as the straight silhouette is slimming and polished, however it can sometimes feel a little restricting and uncomfortable when you’ve been in it for 8 hours. Luckily with the new summer trends you can find skirts in all lengths and styles that allow for more movement.
Try a midi pleated skirt in a light summery colour or be a little more daring with an asymmetric skirt. It’s an appropriate length and shows just the right amount of leg so you’re still dressed accordingly for the heat. Don’t be afraid to have fun with your work gear after all it is warm, so neutral colours teamed with dusty pinks, blues or even floral prints is a look to try without having to completely sacrifice your summer wardrobe.
A good point to keep in mind is that if you feel like the hemline is a bit risqué then save it for the weekend.
Summer Work Dress
For those who work in a formal environment, ladies shirtdresses are a godsend and it is all you will need when the temperatures rise. It’s chic and breezy and will look appropriate for board meetings to dashing out to meet the girls for a rooftop drink. You can add a thin belt to cinch in the waistline for a fitted appearance or a statement necklace for personality and shine around the neckline.
Whether it’s a skater style, printed shift dress or a tailored bodycon, you’ll definitely want to invest in one or all that will take you through your 9-5 in style.
Must-Have Tailored Blazer
The boyfriend blazer is a must and will sharpen up your outfit for a smart and tailored look. It’s the ultimate staple jacket to pull your summer work outfit together. Choose one in ivory, pink or light grey as it will instantly add warmth to your work attire. Team it with your culottes and a boxy white shirt to look smart in the office.
The great thing about a boyfriend blazer is the oversized fit can work with your weekend wardrobe too. Wear it with a pair of jeans and block heels for a sophisticated yet casual look. It’s versatile and perfect to add a smart finishing touch to any work and evening summer outfit.
We’ve compiled the best of your summer must-haves to keep you cool, breezy and ready to head to work in style. For more inspiration for your summer wardrobe take a peek at George’s beachwear, new arrivals and more to stay on top of the latest fashion.