A week's worth of summer workwear essentials
Those 80 denier tights just won't cut it in a stuffy office, so what can you wear to work during the summer months? Let Mumsnetters inspire you with five outfits that are both stylish AND cool
It's a wardrobe staple for a reason - the humble white shirt goes with practically anything, plus it's far more forgiving on sweat stains.
"A nice crisp white shirt with 3/4 length sleeves - get a chunky necklace and either a blazer or smart cardigan to go with it."
If you're bored of plain black work trousers, inject a bit of colour into your outfit with these standout blue trews.
"Try some Reiss trousers - I got some nice cigarette style ones there."
When in doubt, add bold jewellery - it's an easy way to feel more polished, and breathe some life into an otherwise plain ensemble.
"I jazz up my outfit with a statement type necklace too - Stella & Dot have great ones."
A practical, swishy sort of dress available in a range of colours and patterns - the fact you can bung it straight in the washing machine is a definite bonus.
"I usually go for a knee length dress (from Boden, M&S or Next) with sandals."
If the weather's uncertain or you're you're just a bit body-conscious after being wrapped up all winter, this wool-blend cardigan makes the perfect cover up.
"Reiss are excellent for pear shapes! I just bought this cream wrap over cardigan. I'll style it with either ballet flats or nice mid-heel courts."
You can't go wrong with a classic black court shoe - these ones compromise on height, because the last thing you want to be doing in the heat is worrying about sore feet.
"For mid-heel shoes, most of mine are from Carvela, Kurt Geiger, Zara or Topshop."
Form-fitting with a classic silhouette, this little black dress will take you from day to evening with minimal effort.
"Try short sleeved dresses (I like Whistles) with tan/navy
ballerinas and a jacket."
A colourful jacket perks up any outfit - this one's particularly suited to pairing with a simple dress, due to its fabric tie and zip sleeve detail.
"I tend to go for dresses or trousers in neutral colours - black, navy, beige, then I go for a brighter blazer - I love Zara ones."
A smart, summery alternative to sandals, these are practical and go with everything - but a bit easier on the feet than heels.
A well-fitted pencil skirt goes with just about anything, and doesn't require tights. This knee-length tailored version is a definite wardrobe staple.
"I'd choose a knee-length pencil skirt from Zara, Mango, or M&S, and a short-sleeved top with ballet flats or sandals."
The humble T-shirt is easily dressed up with stylish details - like this silk fronted option from Reiss, available in a multitude of colours (choose pale pink for a soft and summery alternative to white).
"Reiss stuff generally lasts well - I like their silk front tops."
Change things up from plain black suede or leather - these Clarks sandals have a classic shape and low heel (so you know they'll be comfy), and the denim fabric offers something relaxed but still office-suitable.
"M&S and Clarks have good low- to mid-height heels."
Lightweight and breathable thanks to their cotton material, Banana Republic chinos come in a multitude of lengths and colours - the cropped ones are perfect for office heatwaves.
"I like Banana Republic skinny chino trousers with ballerina shoes."
Sleeveless tops offer a bit of respite in the hot weather, but the high collar and smart print on this Boden number mean it's entirely appropriate for the boardroom too.
"For tops, I tend to go for something hip length - it's more formal than a T-shirt. Today I'm wearing a Boden one."
Don't want to do heels? These pumps are a workhorse number for many Mumsnetters - sturdy, smart, and surprisingly cheap.
"I have these from New Look, and they are incredibly comfy but also firm enough that they haven't lost shape and are still a dark black, so look very smart."
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