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Summer Smart: How To Layer Up This Season’s Best Women’s Workwear
Whether you want a suit set to strut in or a midi dress to swish around, don’t let your seasonal wardrobe transition impede on your style, with all the top summer workwear trends from Dorothy Perkins
In theory, we’d all like to do it all. We want to be able to dress for the day to day grind consistently in a way that says ‘I’m smart, I’m stylish, and I’m ready for summer’. However, in practice this usually ends up looking like us throwing on whatever half-decent smart outfit we can conjure up in the morning after rummaging through our closet then realising that whatever you put on cannot handle the humidity of public transport along with the heat of midday sun at lunch and the air-con in the office. Why does dressing for work in the summer have to be so hard? That’s the thing- it doesn’t. With the right layer combination and trendy individual pieces it’s easy to mix and match your clothes in a way that’s constantly stylish and manages to keep you cool and comfortable. Think lightweight blazers and pop coloured suits, paired with some strappy heels and a chic white shirt. Or your go-to midi dress you can throw on for those rushed mornings, with a cardigan to go over top and some sweet summer sandals. When you've had a look for yourself, you'll realise it doesn't get easier than this. And the best thing? These trendy attires are going to see you through the hot days of summer straight into those chillier autumn months, so they're worth every penny.
Carry on scrolling to see our top workwear outfit combinations, courtesy of Dorothy Perkins, that you'll want to snap up and wear right away!
The Colour Pop Suit
We know that a suit is a default choice when it comes to office wear, but there are ways to switch it up that fit better with the season than a duller grey check combo. For this season, opt into the colour pop trend or that's carried from late winter all the way into summer or a vibrant colour for your summer suit. To make sure you don't overheat while dressing sophistcated, a light weight fabric should be your go-to. Pair with slip-on heels and a neutral satin cami top for a look that easily transitions from your desk to fine-dining.
The Midi Wrap Dress
During the summer season a light wrap dress will work wonders for your body temperature as well as your body shape. It’s summery and light enough for outdoor dining and drinking after work, but still professional enough to walk around the office in. Pair it with mules for a casual day, or dress up with a pair of wooden sandals.
Shirt and Skirt
Although forever a classic, recently the adoption of a shirt and skirt combo has become increasingly popular to wear outside of the office as well as in it. When you match a white shirt and a satin slip skirt paired with pumps and a ever-so-chic headband, you’ll look like you’ve made a cute and professional wardrobe effort, while simultaneously channeling an elevated verrsion of style from Clueless.
The Cardigan Saviour
When we think summer, we imagine back to back hot days, with our tans being topped up daily. But the reality is, in the UK at least, we're going to get some chillier days during the supposedly sunny season. It's not ideal, but it's best to be prepared, and after you dart out of the house in a little midi dress and realise it's just that tiny bit too cold to have your arms out, a cute cardigan will be your seasonal saviour!
To top off all your new workwear looks, you'll want to sweet summer sandals to take you stright to work in comfort and style, and this chic pair will go with practically anything! Even through the colder days, some sandals won't go a miss; you'll find yourself practically living in these day in and day out! While some of you like a heel, some flats will also look equally as flattering and will walk you to your office with ease - say no to achy feet!