Now that the weather is turning, it’s time to start leaving our winter coats at home. Soon, it’ll even be time to go tight-less! When it comes to summer in the office, it can get super-sweaty, and not in the good way. Removing clothing can be tricky, though, as we need to stay appropriate and professional in the workplace. So, here are a few wardrobe staples to keep you not only looking and feeling cool in the office this summer, but keeping you bang on trend and super-smart and professional.
A blazer is the go-to for any smart professional, but they’re often heavy and hot. Luckily for us, deconstructed blazers are super-stylish right now, meaning that there’s no need for those shoulder pads and tailoring which will only make you warm. An un-tailored blazer in a light-weight fabric such as cotton or canvas will keep that smart, professional look without making you uncomfortable.
A sleeveless blouse is a great way to stay looking smart while keeping a bit cooler. You’re not baring any inappropriate skin, yet you’ll feel nice and airy. Also, you won’t have to worry about those nasty underarm sweat patches.
Canvas pencil skirt
Pencil skirts are not only professional but ever-so-chic. However, because they’re tight and tailored to the body, they can get a little too hot. A canvas pencil skirt, though, will keep you looking smart without feeling uncomfortable. Just make sure you keep it pressed, as canvas can wrinkle really easily, which will definitely take away from that smartness!
Cigarette trousers are so in right now, and a great, smart alternative to suit trousers. They’re cropped, so they’ll keep your ankles super-breezy. And, unlike when you wear a skirt, you don’t have to shave your legs every day! Maybe just do your ankles, though.
Tailored shorts another great alternative to heavy suit trousers. They’re not too short, but they’ll keep you cool as well. For an extra-stylish look, try them with a pair of patterned tights underneath, especially if you’re in-between shaves.
A skater dress may sound simple and casual, but they’re really easy to dress up. Try pairing it with the deconstructed blazer, for example, or the silk scarf, or even just a nice, statement necklace. They aren’t too short, and the t-shirt shaped top covers just enough skin to keep you looking professional but summery all at once.
Sheer blouses are obviously made from light-weight fabric, meaning that you’ll feel much cooler, even if it’s got full sleeves. Some sheer blouses will be fine on their own, but of course some will be a little too see-through for the office, so you may need to wear a vest top underneath.
A silk scarf around the neck won’t make you too hot, but it’s a really classy look. It’s also a really great and subtle way to cover up in the office if you’r wearing a slightly skimpy top – perfect for those days that you’re hitting the bar with friends straight after work.