One of the trickiest thing about dressing for the summer, aside from making the decision to finally ditch the opaque tights, is how to dress for the workplace. Whether you’re trying to keep your cool (literally) while slaving away at the office or behind a till, or for something in between, it can be hard to strike the fine balance between professionalism and practicality, while keeping your stamp of style.
These looks are all very adaptable. There are hundreds of rules across each field in the workplace, so obviously, pick and choose for inspiration at the workplace: some companies may frown against open toes, and others against nail colours, but these can easily work for everyday wear too!
Look One is quite Olivia Palermo inspired, as my biggest ‘style icon’, I adore the crisp clean lines, chic minimalist look and neutral tones. Swap your typical black trousers for cigarette trousers or ankle grazers, with a neutral pair of flats for something classicly chic and slightly Parisienne. I adore this heart cut-out top, in typical me style, you can easily cover up with a light knit cardigan if your workplace frowns against cut-outs, but this will look gorgeous with your newly tanned skin! Pair with the summer update of ‘that’ Zara shopper bag.
For a more casual workplace or perhaps at a fashion internship, Look Two is easy summer chic. Wear a pair of printed cigarette trousers with a striped Breton top for a subtle take on print clash while still keeping cool, and pop a pair of Marc Jacobs inspired sandals on to complete the look. Zara have recently released a mini version of their infamous shopper bag, which is perfect for a relaxed workplace. You could also add a watch to make sure you’re on time, to make a great first impression at internships.
I’m not sure how long their promotion is lasting for, but on my Internet boutique browse travels, I noticed that H&M are running a £2.99 offer on this skater skirt, much like the Zara one I frequently wear. If you’re in the market for a skirt, grab one quick but beware of H&M’s notoriously awful delivery service. For a summery feel, a black skirt (this one is knee-length!) is great for a professional and practical look. Wear with a printed silk tee that isn’t revealing, with rose gold accessories and a simple pair of flats. Pop the watch and bangle on the same wrist to add interest to your arm candy.
What do you wear to work in the summer? Is your workplace strict on dress code? ♥