7 Fabulous Ways to Dress for Work in the Sweltering UK Summer
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A good chunk of women get hot weather office dressing completely wrong (sorry, ladies, but it's true). The problem is mostly in our heads: you don’t want to be in the office all day when it's a gorgeous 28 degrees outside and you can see people sunning themselves outside, and it’s hard to dress well for somewhere you desperately don’t want to be... Right?
Also – smart women like us need to consider our professional reputation (unfortunately in this day and age, sexism in the office and how women are perceived at work is still a touchy subject). Therefore, women who go to work half naked probably aren't helping their "cool, calm, and collected" reputation.
Dressing for work is hard enough without the added element of serious summer heat. That’s why, we’re sharing our favourite tips for dressing for work when it’s... Well, this hot
. So without further ado, become a pro at infusing chic, minimal style into a multitude of looks that are office-ready...
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When temperatures rise, instinct tells us "so should the hemlines," but a long, tailored skirt with strategically placed slits can have the same, wonderful cooling effect as a shorter hemline and look just as sexy.
The Dressy Tee
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Don't underestimate a casual cotton tee! Make it feel more polished by tucking it into a skirt or pairing it with a trouser suit and a clutch...
And understand that high quality materials like cotton and linen look as good as they feel.
A Midi Wrap Skirt
I don't think we really need to explain why the tweed pencil skirt you usually pull out on default days is not going to cut it in this heat.
To keep things chic and flattering without showing off too much leg, go with a crisp, cotton midi wrap skirt. It looks architecturally interesting – and idea is to go for a look that’s less exhibition outing and more team meeting when buying into this trend!
Our Sydney skirt (pictured above) comes in white
. Style it with a workwear appropriate top and cool slides or mules for minimalist chic...
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Talking of mules, fashion’s current obsession is everywhere – in case you've had your head buried in the sand for the season! Catwalks and the high street have both adopted them – and they’re actually an easy way to signal that it’s summer without any toes being revealed.
Wear yours flat or mid-height (we love these Chanel ones, but make sure you can walk properly in your mules too!). They look best with a cropped trouser or a midi skirt.
Consider a Shirtdress
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Synonymous with polished simplicity, shirtdresses are an essential, especially in crisp cotton, for hot summer weather. We love that shirtdresses can be styled in so many different ways: belted, unbelted, buttoned all the way up, or left a little loose.
dress features a self-fabric belt that wraps around twice tying in a bow at the front and is cut from crisp shape fitting cotton. Classically practical and perfect for the office, it's your ideal choice for the summer season!
Don't Rule Out Breathable black
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Black might not come to mind when dressing for a hot summer day, but when you do choose this go-to staple shade of ours, it's best to opt for lighter fabrics and looser cuts – and pair with something sprightly to reflect the summer mood!
A White Shirt Wins!
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There's a reason that the white shirt is a classic – everyone looks good in a white shirt, without exception. And you can find a myriad of variations around this summer to help you reflect the heat from the sun (we can't promise that you won't also need the occasional Pimms!).
Our advice would be to go for quality; crips, breathable material that won't age with washing or absorb the smell of sweat! Also, look for interesting details. Yours should have a tweak – a ruched sleeve, a twist in the middle, a bit of a frill – but still, essentially, it should fit with the corporate dress code.
See our selection of gorgeous summer must-haves here