10 outfits to add to your work wardrobe this summer
November 26, 2019 By Southpoint Tuggeranong
Dressing for summer weather is great: throw on a dress or some shorts and a tank and you’re done. Dressing for summer weather when you sit in an office all day is less fun. Wondering what you can wear that will be appropriate for the office A/C, company dress code and after work activities? We’ve got you sorted.
Jumpsuit & jacket
Kaylee Jumpsuit, $24.00 and Suedette Biker Jacket, $41.99 from Ally
Here’s an easy way to go from the office to post-work drinks. Layer a jacket over a cropped jumpsuit with some pumps for the daytime and then add some bright lipstick in the evening. Work and bar appropriate? Yes, it really is possible.
Tank, midi skirt & belt
Linen Slip Skirt, $89.95 from Sussan and Preview Shell Knit Top, $20 and Lily Loves Woven Waist Belt, $12, both from Target
Love the slip skirt trend but can’t abide satin in the heat? Lucky for you, linen is one of the hottest trends to come out of the last year. An easy way to dress up the tried-and-true pairing of a top and ladylike midi skirt is with a belt. The midi length of the skirt balances out bare arms and a belt flatteringly cinches your waist in.
Structured dresses & summer heels
Belted Midi Shirt Dress, $49 from Target and Kiani by Vybe, $39.99 from Spendless Shoes
A dress with a little structure is perfect for any scenario, whether you like a wrap style or one of the shirt variety. Lunch date on your break? Tick. Meeting? Tick. Dinner with the in-laws at night? You betcha. Pair it with some pumps for a no-fail outfit that will fool the office into thinking you’re more put together than the heat is making you feel.
Blazer & LBD
Rhythm Florence Dress, $40 from Surf, Dive & Ski, Preview Soft Suiting Jacket, $59 from Target and Therapy Picasso Black Mules, $79.99 from FSW
If your office dress code allows it, a simple knee-grazing shift dress will always be summer workwear appropriate, particularly when dressed up with a blazer and a nice pair of leather slip on mules. Keep it monochromatic for a sleek look and, if you’re feeling crazy, skip the blazer and dress combination and just wear a blazer dress.
Blouse & wide leg trousers
Vision Pleat Culotte, $15.99 from Ally and Frill Sleeve Linen Top, $30 from Rivers
Best way to feel that cool A/C breeze on your legs? A flowy pair of pants. Whether you like them patterned, coloured or neutral, get yourself a pair that you can wear with a few different tops. For the office, we suggest a white blouse tucked in and paired with some strappy low heels.
Slip dresses & shirt
Woven Missy Utility Midi Slip Dress, $44.99 and Rachel Everyday Shirt, $20 from Cotton On
Yes, in summer you’re technically trying to avoid layering. But if you wear breathable fabrics, you can take weekend items and make them look a lot more office appropriate. Try a printed shirt under a plain slip dress, a plain linen shirt under a colour blocked dress – the combinations are as endless as the working week feels.
Prints & white denim
Wide Leg Jean, $49.99 from Cotton On and Short Sleeve Shirt, $19.99 from Ally
Raise your hand if you’ve been scared of wearing patterns since you heard Miranda Priestly spit, “Florals, for spring? Ground-breaking.” Time to throw caution to the wind. Bring some flair to casual Fridays with on-trend animal print and white denim, which makes you look like you have every area of your life together (how else would you be brave enough to wear white pants?).