Summer workwear guide

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FASHIONABLE attire for the workplace can be difficult to achieve during the summer months.
I write this, on the verge of spontaneously combusting, as I yet again fail to choose an appropriate outfit.
Despite being born and bred in Scotland, it’s only now that I’m beginning to learn just how erratic our country’s weather can be.
Recently, I’ve been stuck in a bit of a summer style rut, prompting me to source some key workwear items to survive the rare heat.
One of the great conundrums of selecting an office outfit during the hot weather is finding the balance between flesh-baring and suffocating.

Carla Devigne, Topshop

Carla Devigne, Topshop

It’s important that your outfit remains breathable, comfortable, and yet still chic and flattering. Try to find items that won’t restrict, chafe or make you unbearably sweaty. No-one wants to leave palm prints on the office fax machine.
A key piece of advice would be to opt for non-clingy fabrics such as breathable cotton, neophrene or linen.
Anything that feels too tight, or contains lycra or satin, is an instant no-no. Also, be sure to choose an appropriate length for skirts and dresses. Anything too far above the knee will look unprofessional or tacky.

Shirt, £9.99, Skirt, £12.99, Shoes, £14.99, Bag, £12.99, all Matalan

Shirt, £9.99, Skirt, £12.99, Shoes, £14.99, Bag, £12.99, all Matalan

When it comes to choosing tops, be sure that they offer reasonable coverage.
As tempting as it can be to wear your coolest halter-neck, be sensible and refrain from showing off too much cleavage.
Instead, flaunt your figure in a brightly-hued top or sleeveless blouse pulled in at the waist.

90S Luxe, M&S

90S Luxe, M&S

You can even get away with fluoro during the summer if you pair it with other neutral, tailored basics.
Just remember not to go overboard in head-to-toe brights. Try white or navy to balance things out.
One thing I’ve learned is that dresses are generally one of the easiest options to choose from when it comes to a stylish office outfit.
A sleeveless shift or skater style dress can look gorgeous when paired with a statement necklace and pretty shoes.
Pick one that you won’t be pulling at the entire day. Consider this: Will it make my back perspire? Will I want to peel it off as soon as I’ve eaten lunch? And of course, is this a dress that I would wear to a business meeting?

Shirt and culottes, both £25, Dorothy Perkins

Shirt and culottes, both £25, Dorothy Perkins

If you choose cleverly, you will be able to find a dress that ticks all the right boxes yet remains wearable during winter too.
However, for those who like to experiment and are looking for something a bit different, culottes are the latest must-haves of the season.
Wear a tailored pair with a cotton shirt, block heels and blazer for a look that remains sophisticated but edgy.
I love how they provide a tomboy-feel yet are still polished and incredibly flattering. Look to Zara and Topshop for some incredibly chic numbers.
Last but not least, one particular item that should be avoided is flip-flops in the office.
Not only will you look like you’re going on a skive to the beach, you also won’t be taken seriously.
Instead, opt for an open-toed sandal or wedge. These will keep your toots cool but still look practical.
Here’s my picks of some of my favourite summer staples for easy dressing in the morning.
These will ensure you dress to impress — and even still have time for coffee.

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