Yes, it is officially summer and who could not notice when temperature outside could reach as high as 43 °C at its peak. If you live in a tropical country, you will most likely know how difficult it is to dress for the office with all the stiffness and bulk of the usual business attire.
However, there are ways to ease the summer heat by injecting a little style change in your daily office wear without sacrificing the corporate look. Here are some tips to steal the office summer look.
Put the lights on
Instead of your usual black, brown, gray and navy put on something white as your neutral color for the summer. Add a touch of light colors by using pastel hues and cool tones to refresh your look.
Go with the flow
Fabrics play major role to ward off the summer heat, so choosing the right kind of fabrics for your office wardrobe is a must. Go for lightweight or weightless materials for your blouses, dresses and yes, even your blazers. Sheer fabric is a good choice when topping it off with blazers. Fabrics with cut outs such as eyelets or lace is another alternative since it allows air to circulate in your body.
Cuts and silhouettes that flows away from the body is the usual preference during summer. When updating your office wardrobe for the summer, look for cuts that will not cling to your body and those that will not add bulk when you try to layer them (yes, layering is ok for summer too!). Choose silhouettes that is easy,flowy and relaxed to ward off heat.
Slip that dress
If you cannot do away with your dark colors this season, wear the color for your slip dress. However, choose a slip dress in light, feathery fabrics and fits comfortably. It should be not too tight and in appropriate length.
Bring it on, gaucho
Structured trousers are not that comfortable wearing this time of the year since it has the tendency to cling to your legs. You can style your office wardrobe this season by swapping your trousers to the less structured, wide-legged pants. You can also opt for cullotes and gauchos for easy, breezy dressing. Just make sure that it fits you in your waist and hips to avoid looking sloppy.
Whatever you wear this summer, just make sure that it will still conform with your company’s dress code to avoid getting into trouble with your HR. Beat the heat this summer and be the stylish corporate chick.