Warmer days are here again, and navigating workwear to suit soaring temperatures while also maintaining a professional appearance may seem a little tricky. So, we have pulled together some inspired pieces for the most polished, put-together looks.
It would prove wise to opt for light and breathable materials such as cottons, linens and silk. These fabrics not only feel good on one’s skin but the properties of the natural fibres will ensure you will stay cool in the heat. A cotton shirtdress is often touted as a wardrobe staple – it has great versatility in that it can be worn casually off duty with say a pair of wedges or espadrilles or dressed up with block heels for a day at work, and then layered under a vest or over trousers in the cooler months. We love the silhouette on this design from Country Road pictured above on the left. Ricochet have a stunning range of dress designs in their latest collection, and this scarlet red shirtdress made in a silk crepe de chine is just one of our top picks, consider belting it for a more formal look. From season to season Juliette Hogan has a great range of workwear and her silk ‘Val wrap dress’ would be a wonderful piece to take you from day to night.
In terms of silhouettes and shapes to look out for, culottes and billowing wide legged trousers would be great for moving about with ease, as there would be nothing worse than having your clothes cling to you in humid weather. Ingrid Starnes has the loveliest pieces in her range this season (as she does every season!), all of which would be perfect as summer workwear, we especially love her peach coloured culottes pictured here on the left, they also come in black for the colour-shy. Liam have some great contemporary designs with the likes of wrap dresses and playsuits and these high waisted ‘Reihana’ pants are one of our top picks. Swap out your pencil skirt for an elegant floaty midi skirt such as this one from Marle made in cotton linen, throughout her ranges designer Juliet Souter has a strong ethos on using natural yarns and fibres in her designs.
For those crisp mornings and evenings or for an air conditioned environment a lightweight cover up would be a good idea. Consider a sleeveless vest such as this tailored one from Kate Sylvester, it’s a piece that could be worn in a multitude of ways – on its own with trousers as pictured, with a pleated skirt perhaps, or unbuttoned and over a dress. A cardigan is another great piece to add to your workwear wardrobe, we love the boxy cut of this one from Country Road. Or there is the option of a lightweight jacket, how fantastic is this block striped ensemble by Harman Grubisa? A fun way to inject some colour into your day.