As summer temperatures rise, the thought of hiding under stiff suits and shirts at work is not a pleasant one. However, many women are nervous of wearing a dress to work, for fear of it not being smart enough. Fear not – there’s a work appropriate dress for every woman, from the shift to the shirt. So throw off the constraints of your formal office wear, banish sweaty meetings and keep your cool in a classy work dress this summer. Here’s what to look for:
The Shift Dress
Classic shift dresses are perfect for hot weather days, as they don’t cling to the body. Instead, a shift dress should drape elegantly, meaning that it not only looks demure, but will also keep you nice and cool and comfortable. Search work dresses from George to find a stylish shift that’s featured in Look magazine!
The Shirt Dress
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A twist on the staple work shirt, a shirt dress is smart and suitable for even formal office environments. If you really want to keep your cool, choose a sleeveless variety – or, if you need a little more formality, capped or three-quarter sleeves are a fantastic option.
The Classic Wrap
Short Sleeve Wrap Dress with Drape Detail from George
The wrap dress is a wardrobe staple for many women – both those with curves and those who want to create curves. This simple shape and demure style means that you don’t need to buy specific ‘work’ wrap dresses. Raid your wardrobe for wrap dresses and see how you can transform them into work wear – perhaps add a belt or a cropped jacket to make them ‘office ready’.
Fashion forward women in business will love how well the peplum dress translates to work wear. Whether you choose black, a block colour or a bold pattern, the peplum can work in the office or boardroom. Just watch the length – you don’t want to look like you’re heading for a night on the tiles come 5pm!
Midi Dress from George
The midi dress is having a fashion moment, which is great news for those struggling with dressing for hot offices. There’s no need to worry about flashing too much leg in a midi – or having to swelter under tights. This flattering below the knee length will ensure that you look suitably smart for even the most conservative work environments.
Just look at the recent Apprentice finalists Luisa and Leah for how to work a midi for work!
There’s no need to swelter in your suit this summer. With so many fantastic ‘office friendly’ dress styles in the malls, it’s easy to work it in a work dress. You’re also likely to find many multi-tasking dresses in your wardrobe that can be given an office makeover. Simply throw on last year’s blazers to smarten up, add heels or pointed flats and you’re good to go. Just don’t forget that briefcase!