Dressing for the office can often be tricky, especially during the unpredictable British summer months. One moment it’s pouring with rain, the next a hot Indian heatwave. As tempting as it is to turn up in yeah comfy shorts and flip flops or on those colder days jeans and a slouchy jumper…don’t! Think again. There are just a few key things to remember when putting together your work wardrobe and of course learning to resist the urge not too care first thing in the morning. We sympathise. Honestly, deciding on how to dress for the office doesn’t have to be as tricky as we first thought.
1. The Fit
Less is more! This could not be more true, especially when you need to dress for the office. Remember that although we want to look good, comfort here is key when you are sitting in front of a computer for hours on end.
loose fitting – flowing silhouettes – minimal – Scandinavian Chic
Karen Millen £ 145.00 Alice & UO Half Moon Now £ 18.00 Label Lab Now £ 20.50
2. The Fabric
Good fabrics to choose are natural fabrics such as, wool, linen, cotton and silk or a mixture of these. You may end up spending slightly more…but trust us if you invest in good quality fabrics then not only will they last longer but they will keep you cool when it’s hot out and keep you warm when it’s cold out. There is a reason why they are more expensive!
Natural fabrics – no man made funny business – cotton – silk – wool – linen
Whistles Layered Silk and Knit Jumper £130.00 Cape Swing Cape £30.00 Sisley Cardigan £37.00
Think layers, lots of thin layers that can easily be removed if you get too hot. The beautiful thing about layers is as well, is that you can add and take off depending on the weather, temperature in the office and still feel comfortable. By adding a high neck jumper you can give your outfit a more preppy look, just as a cute cardigan with lace trim (such as the one above) can give an elegant yet girly edge.
The Layers Wish list – a cute camisole – a sheer cardigan – a chunkier jumper – a elegant scarf
4. Opt for a Denim jacket. Suede and Leather are a no-go.
For that perfect after-office chilled look or casual Fridays add a denim jacket. Combined with your cute dress this will create the perfect outfit to pop to the pub garden for after work drinks. For those cooler nights why not try adding a poncho or cape style cover -up.
5. Choose a neutral palette as your canvas
Dress for the office in neutral colours. If you choose your work wardrobe based on neutral tones, this will make it a lot easier to dress for the office and therefore far easier to mix and match. Taking the stress out of getting dressed in the morning. You could even try laying out your outfit the night before, saving those precious morning minutes.
The perfect base colours for your outfit – Navy, Grey, White, Black, Tan
– for example if you choose a cream blouse, then this can easily be replaced with a cream cami or a cream chunky knit or t-shirt depending on the weather. Sound good? Yeah, we thought so too!
The perfect colours for your accessories – red, purple, turquoise, yellow
Simply work on your outfit with accessories. This is an easy way to transform any outfit and if you use bold but complimentary colours that will highlight your outfit and take your look from day to night, smart to casual. By keeping your work wardrobe neutral and your accessories bold, you can have a lot more fun with investing in key season pieces that will always compliment your look.
Ray-Ban ERIKA Sunglasses £100.00 Tommy Hilfiger Now £73.50 Red Quay Sunglasses £36.00 Yellow Handbag £105.00