Office Dressing in the Summer Heat

Master smart-casual office wear this summer with these 4 easy ways to mix up your workwear wardrobe.

ASOS culottes

1. Try Culottes or City Shorts

  • For a chic alternative to trousers, pair a blouse with some timeless high waisted black culottes, or why not try a striped pair to lengthen the legs?

  • For tailored city shorts, go with light fabrics, such as linen, cotton and chiffon, rather than denim, suede and leather, to keep you cool, and remember that pale colours emphasise your summer tan.

  • Style them up with minimal jewellery and some classic court shoes, along with a brown or tan leather handbag, for the ultimate girl-boss look.

ASOS backpack

2. Add a Vintage Twist

  • Swap your usual tote for a vintage backpack; opt for smart, classic leather styles with unique details, and tie a silk scarf around the handles for total seventies’ chic.

  • Accessorise with some retro brooches and pins to show off your personality to the office. Try Punky Pins for some great laser-cut jewellery, or head to antiques shops for more blingy pieces.

  • Get yourself some eighties’ headphones for your morning commute, to really make a statement with your style.

ASOS shirt

3. Work the Cut-Away Trend

  • Clothing with cut-away areas, such as geometrical shapes around the oblique areas or off-the-shoulder styles make office wear so much more breathable in the hot weather.

  • Try simple shift dresses with subtle thigh splits or cut-out back detailing, and find tops with bardot and sweetheart necklines for ultimate casual glamour.

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  • Show off your best features wisely, choosing pieces that give a sneak peak of your legs, shoulders, back or stomach.


4. Go Androgynous

  • Steal from the boyfriend’s wardrobe and find yourself some baggy t-shirts, shirts and jackets, but be sure to pair with tight-fitting bottoms, such as high waisted black skinny jeans or a classic pencil skirt.

  • Dress up a oversized white shirt by cinching in your waist with a thin leather belt, or emphasising the bust with a statement necklace.

  • Dress down a suit with trainers, so you can stay on your feet all day. Opt for Addidas Stan Smiths or classic high-top Converse.

What are some of your top tips for business dress in the summer months? Let us know in the comments or tweet us @fashionfixdaily

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