How To Make Your Office Wardrobe Work In The Heat


by Danielle Fowler |
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We've all been there. Just last week, we were commuting to work in high hopes of cracking weather with our go-to Birks wedged on our feet and a wicker basket in hand. Only to find by lunchtime, that the heavens had opened and all we have to protect our sodden toes was an inside-out brolly.

Fast forward a few days and we'd given up all hopes of a heatwave, as we stood sandwiched between sweaty commuters in our double-breasted blazers and loafers...

Well, consider these fashion mishaps a thing of the past. As June beckons and the temperatures rise/become even more unpredictable, make sure to follow these step-by-step rules for sartorial success:

Give The Cold-Shoulder

The trend is not going anywhere anytime soon. Don a décolletage-skimming shirt with split-leg tailored trousers and hole-punch effect block heels.

Give the cold-shoulder at work this summer ©Getty

When heading home, drape a linen blazer over your shoulders to keep the evening's cool breeze at bay.

Go Big Or Go Home

When shopping for weather-appropriate shirts, choose supersized sleeves and oversized silhouettes. Make sure to opt for breathable fabrics such as poplin, too.

Don supersized sleeves in breathable fabrics this season ©Getty

Consider it an investment piece, as you can simply swap trousers for deconstructed jeans or a raw-hem denim skirt when the weekend rolls around.

Bed-To-Office Dressing

Yep, we're always on the look out for a quicker way to get ready in the AM. And when the sun says hello, we cannot wait to head outdoors. So this season, try luxe pyjama dressing. Opt for silk or linen fabrics when shopping for the perfect two-piece.

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Finish with block heels or trainers (we don't know how leniant your bosses are when it comes to the office dress code).

Introduce The Tee To Your Wardrobe

You needn't panic if you have little leeway when it comes to dressing for the job. You can still introduce the t-shirt to your work wardrobe by layering beneath a checked two-piece or a gingham dress.

Layer a white tee beneath a spring dress or a checked pinafore ©Getty

Finish with backless loafers, bare legs and round sunnies (preferably tinted).

Dare To Bare

It's time to bid farewell to tights for good. This season, shop for knee-skimming skirts and keep an eye out for split-leg numbers (they're proving popular this summer).

Tights and socks? We'll see you next season... ©Getty

Simply team shirt dresses and cropped trousers with backless loafers or block heel pumps. You can always finish the look with fishnet socks.

Shop Grazia's favourite office must-haves in the gallery below:


Work Wardrobe Hot Weather - Grazia

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These backless shoes are going straight to the top of our work wear wish list. Team with a linen shirt and split-hem trousers in the office and frayed jeans come the weekend.

Geometric Leather Shoes, £59.99, Mango

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Give the cold shoulder at work this summer in this striped shirt from Mango. Wear with trousers and backless loafers. When heading home, don a blazer to keep the cool evening breeze at bay.

Striped Blouse, £29.99, Mango

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You'll be seeing a whole lot of blue stripes this season. Team this cold-shoulder dress with babouche shoes and a straw bag.

Puffed Sleeve Striped Dress, £25.99, Mango

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Any excuse for a new pair of sandals, right? These croc-style slip-ons will look great with everything from a spring shirt dress to a two-piece suit.

Moc Croc Leather Sandals, £85, Uterqüe

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Orange is the new yellow this season. We'll be donning ours with a supersized straw bag and white mules.

Striped Midi Dress, £39.99, Zara

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What do you wear to the office when it's too hot for a two-piece suit and a floral dress is too casual? A blazer dress of course. We have our eyes on this pastel pink number from Zara.

Blazer Dress, £59.99, Zara

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When the hot weather strikes, sometimes it's easier to opt for a one-piece to save precious time spent in the sunshine. We recommend checking out COS for the best tailored pieces.

Poplin Jumpsuit, £89, COS

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When the sun is shining, keep cool by shopping for shirts which boast a boat neckline. We'll be teaming this number with cropped trousers and loafers.

Green Striped Boat Neck Shirt, £39, Warehouse

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When shopping for new shirts this season, keep two things in mind. Opt for white and short sleeves. We'll be teaming this number with flared trousers and block heels.

Poplin Shirt With Round Buckle, £25.99, Zara

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H&M has well and truly delivered this season (just take a moment to appreciate the Trend section). So make sure to add this powder blue shirt dress to your work wear wish list, asap.

Blue Cotton Wrap Dress, £34.99, H&M

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