The Rules of Summer Office Dressing

When it comes to workwear dressing, summer is the ultimate obstacle. Here are a few fashion rules to live by from April through to August.

1. Layer

Summer temperatures can be tricky to master. Chilly in the morning, baking by lunch, and more often than not there’s someone who is just slightly too overzealous with the aircon. The key to achieving chic summer styling is to create an outfit base and layer.

Opt for simple, lightweight tailoring. A crisp shirt, loose trousers, or a-line dress in natural fabrics like cotton and linen move with your body and remain breathable throughout the day. Layer a cardigan or blazer over your dress or throw a lightweight scarf on which can cover those shoulders when the air-conditioning kicks in.


2. Embrace Colour

Say goodbye to blacks, greys, and navy’s, summer means the introduction of cheerful brights and pretty pastels to our wardrobes. Colours like lemon, sorbet pink, and pale blue look great with summer complexions and give that sunny feel to your wardrobe.

If colour isn’t your think, replace the backs with clean, bright whites. The crispness of the white suits a summer tan and can be very flattering, likewise, it acts as a great base to add hints of colour to. Mix beiges and blushes, khakis and taupes for summer safari feel.


3. Keep it Clean

A classic white shirt will always have a place in our summer wardrobes. The reason is simple – everyone looks good in a white shirt, without exception. From classic styles from Armani to new interpretations from the likes of Gestuz, a crisp shirt really sets the tone for your summer workwear wardrobe.

Try changing the look up for Summer 2018 and opt for a new variation on the style. Pinks and blues make great additions to your summer look whilst still remaining professional. Likewise, look for interesting details like oversized cuffs, mismatched buttons and asymmetric hems.

4. Keep Your Weekend Wardrobe for Saturday and Sunday

It goes without saying that denim shorts, slogan tees and thigh-skimming skirts should be left for the park/barbecue/beer garden. If you’d wear it to the beach, file it under a firm ‘no’. Look at the environment that you work in and stay within the boundaries, opt for the same styles but in breezy materials and lighter colours.

5. Invest in a Blazer

If you do enjoy a summer dress, throwing a blazer over the top is the best way to sharpen up your look. A wardrobe staple that you will never regret, the blazer won’t let you down whether it’s at work or thrown over a slip dress in the evening.

For guys, the blazer is the ultimate styling tool. Over linen shorts, summer polos and even paired with smart, tailored shorts, the blazer elevates your summer dressing.

Georgia Leitch

Georgia Leitch

Shopping Editor

A fan of maximalist fashion and all things fluffy, you can find me layering prints or looking for new earrings. A disco queen at heart, if I'm not dancing around the house to 70s soul, I'm counting my flares.

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