It is the British disposition to complain about the weather and, whilst we never take summer sun for granted, just the thought of working out what to wear when the mercury rises to heat wave proportions is enough to get many of us all hot and bothered. Summer dresses and shorts may keep us cool but they’re far too casual for most offices. Here are four workplace-worthy alternatives for next time the temperatures soar.
THE WHITE SHIRT
In the fashion sense, the white shirt has never been cooler. Various designers have taken the corporate classic white shirt and given it a new season shake up with an off-the-shoulder cut here and a full sleeve there, but the white shirt remains one of the smartest – and airiest – items of clothing in your summer wardrobe. Wear yours with cropped cigarette trousers or chinos and backless mules for a look that could just as easily appear outside the London Fashion Week tent as it could beside the photocopier.
THE LONG LINEN DRESS
Until the day comes when we can get away with wearing a kaftan for the office, the loose linen dress is the next best thing. A structured top half balances out the floaty skirt of this Sarah Pacini style, which along with the soft grey shade keeps it office appropriate. Loose and linen is the key combination when it comes to looking good but keeping cool.
THE MIDI DRESS
Once considered one of the frumpier lengths, the midi has really come into its own in recent years and is now one considered one of the most wearable options in our wardrobes. We love a dress for work in summer and the midi-length is the most on-trend – and most office appropriate – length of the season. The gathered shoulders and deep V neckline on this Max Mara midi dress keep things interesting. Purple will add a much-needed pop of colour to your working week, whilst the black will last you a lifetime.
THE SLEEVELESS SUIT
“A suit? In this weather!” we hear you say, but bear with us because not all suits are created equal. This Armani Collezioni suit combines looser, slightly cropped trousers with a sleeveless jacket, both of which were practically made for braving the office in a heatwave. Add a simple vest in black, white or stripes, plus heels to elongate the legs and counteract that cropped length, and you are good to go.
Corporate, cool and comfortable; who knew the three could work so well together? Visit Robinsons today and ready your wardrobe for summer with new season styles from Sarah Pacini, Armani Collezioni, Max Mara and more.