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

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Marks & Spencer 3/4 sleeve shirt, £19.50

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." 

Reiss Arlo trousers, £125

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." 

Stella & Dot Melia necklace, £54.19

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." 



Boden Carmine wrap dress, £79.50

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."

Reiss Tori wrap cardigan, £135

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."

Kurt Geiger Evie mid-heel courts, £64 

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."



Whistles Anna dress, £76

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."

Zara fabric tie blazer, £49.99

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."

Carvela lace up wedge pumps, £69

A smart, summery alternative to sandals, these are practical and go with everything - but a bit easier on the feet than heels.



Marks & Spencer pencil skirt, £35

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."

Reiss Kiki silk front T-shirt, £75

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."

Clarks Floberry sandals, £60 

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." 



Banana Republic chinos, from £29.70

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."

Boden Martha top, £75

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."

New Look elasticated trim pumps, £12.99 

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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