It can be tricky...
If you are anything like me, you tend to find it more and more challenging to choose what to wear to go to work as the days get hotter. Despite the heat, you still want to look professional, right? Even in more relaxed companies, you cannot merely show up in flip-flops, T-shirt and tiny shorts as if you were going to the beach. When you dress well, you show people that you take your career seriously and in return, you will be respected and taken seriously too.
So what is the perfect summer office outfit? First of all, have in mind that not every company has the same dress code, if you are a lawyer, for example, you won’t be able to wear the same as someone who works in fashion. But there are some general summer office outfit rules that you should follow:
Light and natural fabrics
100% natural cotton or linen are fresher than polyester and other synthetic fabrics, so choosing the right material will help you look stylish and professional without sweating buckets or melting away during a meeting with your boss or an important client!
Dresses and skirts
Flowing summer dresses and skirts are excellent options for hot days but pay attention to the length; you shouldn’t wear minis at work as they belong in the weekend or at the beach An A-line skirt or a pencil dress looks chic and fresh. Sleeveless dresses are fine but avoid cutout or skimpy dresses; plunging necklines are also a No-Go at the office. Basically, it is not advisable to wear any outfit that flashes too much skin.
Capris, paper bag waist pants, jumpsuits and boilersuits in light and breathable fabrics are super trendy this season, they look smart and will keep you fresh. Pair your pants with chic sandals and a white shirt to achieve a sophisticated and polished look.
Light button-up shirts and blouses are the best options, but you can also wear a white t-shirt paired with tailored trousers or a midi skirt for a relaxed yet polished look. Avoid sheer fabrics, unless you're wearing a tank top underneath. Cropped tops and strapless tube tops are definitely a No-Go at work.
Jacket or cardigan
A light cardigan or jacket can save you if you work in an office that feels like December in the North Pole. Always take one with you so that you can layer it over your outfit when you start to freeze and then, take it off easily when you go back to the melting temperatures outside. Pair a long jacket with shorts for a contemporary office look but of course, make sure the length of your shorts is office-appropriate.
As women, we have many good possibilities for summer at the office; lovely espadrilles, slingbacks or sandals but Flip Flops should really and truly stay at home. Some career and etiquette experts go as far as saying that any strap that goes between your toes is an absolute No-Go at the office. We’re not sure we would rule out all sandals with something between the toes though.
But in any case, if you’re showing your toes, do yourself, and everyone else, a favour and make sure to get your feet sandal-ready before!
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