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Spotlight On: Summer Workwear

Author Editor - 3 minute read
As the summer sun starts to shine brighter and the temperatures rise, it’s time to rethink our workwear wardrobes. Dressing for the office during the summer months can be a tricky balance between staying cool and looking professional. Not to worry, as we’ve compiled the ultimate guide to summer workwear in 2024, blending comfort, style and professionalism.
  

Embrace lightweight fabrics

The foundation of any summer wardrobe is the choice of fabric. Go for materials that are breathable and lightweight to ensure you stay cool throughout the day.
  
Top picks:
   
  • Linen: Perfect for its breathability and natural texture, ideal for both shirts and trousers. We recommend our Birdie Linen Boyfriend Shirt for a lightweight layering option perfect for your summer workwear wardrobe.
  • Cotton: A versatile fabric that is both comfortable and professional, available in a variety of weaves. We’re thinking our Alissa Cotton Shirt in trending colour of the year peach.

Lighter colours

Dark colours absorb more heat, making you feel warmer – which is the opposite of what we want for summer workwear. Instead, choose lighter shades that reflect sunlight and keep yourself cool.
   
Colour palette:
   
  • Whites and creams: Classic and clean, these colours are perfect for summer. Think an elegant white dress for the summer such as our Floriana Faron Drape Sundress.
  • Pastels: Soft blues, pinks and greens add a touch of colour while maintaining a professional look.
  • Neutrals: Light greys and beiges are versatile and stylish.

 

Invest in breathable blazers

Blazers are a staple in summer workwear attire but can feel heavy in the hotter months. Look for unlined or partially lined options in breathable fabrics.
   
Tips:
   

Choose smart footwear

Footwear in the summer should be both comfortable and professional. Avoid heavy shoes that can trap heat and cause discomfort.
   
Suggestions:
   
  • Sandals: Lightweight and easy to slip on, they’re perfect for women’s summer workwear.
  • Ballet flats: A trending option for women that pairs well with dresses and skirts.
  • Breathable sneakers: For more casual workplaces, sleek, breathable sneakers can offer comfort without compromising style.

Incorporate office-friendly dresses and skirts

For women, dresses and skirts can be a lifesaver during the hot months. Look for options that are professional yet comfortable staples for your summer workwear wardrobe.
   
Styles:
   

Don’t forget about accessories

Accessories can make or break an outfit, especially in the summer. Choose pieces that add to your outfit without adding extra warmth.
   
Ideas:
   
  • Lightweight scarves: Perfect for layering in air-conditioned offices.
  • Minimalist jewellery: Opt for delicate pieces that won’t weigh you down.
  • Hats: Great for commuting to and from the office while protecting you from the sun.

Maintain a professional yet relaxed dress code

The key to summer workwear is finding a balance between staying cool and looking professional. Many workplaces offer a more relaxed dress code during the summer months, so take advantage of this without compromising on professionalism.
 
 
Final thoughts:
   
  • Mix and match: Combine professional pieces with more relaxed items for a balanced look.
  • Layer smartly: Keep a lightweight cardigan or blazer at your desk for cooler moments.
  • Stay hydrated: While not a fashion tip, staying hydrated is crucial for maintaining energy and focus during the hot months.
By following these tips, you can create a summer workwear wardrobe that keeps you cool, comfortable and confident. Embrace the season with style and professionalism, making the most out of your summer work outfits in 2024.
     
For more office clothes for women, shop our workwear collection.
     
Looking for editor's picks or what's trending? Read more over on our blog.