Summer dressing can be tricky at the best of times. But summer dressing for the office? Well that’s a whole different ball game.
Losing a layer, taking off your tights or swapping your winter boots for sandals just won’t cut it – especially if you want to be Queen Bee! However with the summer being somewhat short lived, the prospect of spending our well earned pennies on pieces that may only last for a few weeks is really not an attractive option.
The solution lies in selecting a few well chosen pieces which will add a soupcon of style to your existing work wardrobe but which will, with a little clever styling, take you through to the winter months. Take a look below to see what I mean….
I adore this v-neck jumpsuit from Warehouse (£65). It’s perfect to wear now at the office with a statement necklace and cut out court shoes then come the winter, layer it up with a white shirt, a textured blazer and 70’s style boots. Culottes, wide legged cropped trousers and jumpsuits will continue to be big trends next season, so all are worth the investment.
I love these sleeveless trench coats so much that I am hoping that one of them will magically appear in my wardrobe one day soon. Soft tailoring is such a great trend and now that many work places have adopted a less formal dress code it’s a fantastic way of being smart but not stuffy. This one from Warehouse (£69) is a great example. The fluid fabric works really well with a structured, fitted bottom half such as….
…these cigarette trousers from Topshop (£22) which are incredible, not only for their value but also for the fact that they feature in both the petite and tall ranges and they are machine washable. Add a splash of colour to the outfit with a brightly coloured top, or wear a cream blouse to keep the colour palette neutral and elegant.
Wear the sleeveless trench and cigarette pants now with a silk blouse and lace up peep toe heels and then when the colder weather arrives, with a skinny rib polo neck and kitten heeled ankle boots – oh yes those kitten heels are on their way back in!
A summer work wardrobe can also be lifted with print or colour. Wearing a printed pencil skirt such as this one from Oasis (£18 in the sale) with a top in raspberry, turquoise or bright yellow, creates a fantastic summer look but equally when styled with a fine knit and a blazer, it will take you through to the winter.
An article about summer dressing would not be complete without a mention of shoes! A pair of bright shoes will instantly lift your wardrobe, so even if you don’t spend a penny on anything else for your summer work wardrobe, invest in some bright shoes to keep you smiling – even if it is raining outside! My favourite are these mid height court shoes by Jigsaw (£149) which are incredibly comfortable – and bright!