10 Chic Summer Dresses You Can Wear To Work During A Heatwave

How to avoid a (fashion) meltdown in the office 101…

heatwave shopping

by Emma Firth |
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Workwear shopping in winter? Options a-plenty: enter luxe tailored suiting, shift dresses + polo-necks + thick tights, colourful faux fur coats (because you can never have enough of these). Summer dressing when it’s 32 degrees outside and you have a sweaty, panic-inducing commute each morning? PAH! There you are standing in front of your pretty-full closet and sigh silently; ‘I have nothing to wear’.

Of course, the easiest and most comfortable option in sunnier climates is a sun dress. But finding a stylish and work-appropriate ensemble, without looking like you’re about to jet off to St Tropez is a bit like trying to find The One on a dating app: Tricky.

On the hunt for a new season 9-5 wardrobe? Just remember to stick to light, breathable fabrics like linen and cotton (sweating in spandex – no-no!). Minimalist silhouettes and block colours keep things looking more corporate and clean, less ‘just popping to the pool on my lunch break’...make like Gigi Hadid et al in baby blue, the 'It' SS17 shade. Think ‘Smart Kaftan’ – labels like KITRI, Zara, Cos and Margaret Howell are winning in the loose-but-neat-cut-dresses department. And finally ditch the denim!

Shop Grazia’s edit of the most stylish sundresses you can actually wear to work during a heatwave…


Summer Work Dresses Heatwave - Grazia

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Ruffled linen dress, £59.99, Mango

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Oversized shirt dress, £48, & Other Stories

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Belt printed dress, £39.99, H&M

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Dress with draped back, £59, Cos

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Pattered dress with frills, £17.99, [H&M](http://www2.hm.com/en_gb/productpage.0509072003.html#Dark blue)

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Sky blue 'poplin' dress, £54, Uterque

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Cotton linen mix wrap dress, £185, Margaret Howell

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Linen wrap dress, £85, Finery

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Apollo tie waist shirt, £85, KITRI

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Baby blue dress, £69, Cos

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