Summer Work Style Tips For WomenPosted: 8th of July 2015 by
As the weather warms up many women will start to wonder what is appropriate to wear to work. Of course, if you happen to wear a uniform this question is answered for you, but for many women, particularly office workers, the problem of staying cool and looking professional (and stylish) is a recurring one. While winter is easy, with sharp work suits and coats, as the weather warms up and layers come away, the lines between work and leisure clothes begins to blur. Where do you draw the line between staying cool and looking professional – clearly turning up to the office in cut-off shorts and flip flops is going to far – but where should you strike the balance?
While some prefer to stick to skirts or trousers, summer is the perfect time to take advantage of the chance to wear a dress. A summer dress can look light and stylish at the office, but be sure to keep it conservative for work. You can pair it with a light jacket if you need to go to a meeting, but for everyday office work you can leave the jacket and just wear a capped sleeve instead. As for length, keep things just above or just below the knee, which will maintain a professional appearance.
Remember, this is Britain and not Bondi beach, so you will want to have a jacket or coat with you. While winter lends itself to thick, warm outerwear, you will want something light and maybe shower-proof. It is hard to go wrong with a classic, lightweight, knee-length mac. You can roll the sleeves back a little for a light summery twist, and go for a lighter colour too.
Don’t forget that you can still accessorise your look to add some extra pop, or switch the style slightly. Light scarves, sunglasses, jewellery, or a different bag can all make a difference.
You shoes need to be comfortable and yet smart during the summer months at work. An open-toe is great, so long as it stays on the right side of business-like. Let’s face it, you wouldn’t expect your male colleagues all to turn up to the office in pool shoes!
Flats are fine, so long as they don’t look cheap (they can be, they just don’t need to look like it!). Alternatively, you might want to go with a small heel, which will keep your look light and summery but still add some stature. Overall, make sure that your shoes are classy and comfortable. Look for trhe quality of the shoe rather than just heading for designer labels. You can find a good summer office shoe quite cheaply, and when you do, if you can afford it, buy two pairs. That way you have another pair ready to go when the first start to look worn. Better to be prepared, right?
- Style Tips
While keeping everything light and classy, you will also need to keep your office style in check. Of course, everyone has their own style and will accessorise to suit, but some tips are fairly universal for summer at work. Keep things understated, so avoid anything too garish. Also, don’t wear sheer clothes. It may be tempting to keep cool during the summer, but nobody needs to see your bra at work!
This year has seen a trend towards white and, while a brilliant white dress can look stunning in the sunshine, it can wash some people out. If this is you, try a light pastel or tan colour which will be kinder to your skin tones. Light florals are nice, so long as they are on the understated side, while it is difficult to overlook simple, neutral tones for the office.
Also, don’t forget your jacket, it is the one item of clothing that you will be seen wearing or carrying the most. Make sure it is good quality and is in a neutral-enough colour to match any of you other outfits!
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