This is the most tricky time of the year to maintain some semblance of style.
For many, you’ve just dusted the sand off your feet after an annual holiday at the beach where you felt dressed up if you swapped out your Havaianas for flat sandals.
Now the office is calling. Or it’s already called.
Making the transition back to “normality” is a tricky one. Mentally we’re still sipping cocktails poolside. Physically it’s just so damn hot that the thought of adding layers of clothes causes us to jump online and book in our next holiday.
The problem being, paying for the next holiday requires some attendance at the office.
So how do you get excited about your summer work style and make a smooth transition back to work?
The key is to head back into your existing wardrobe.
A break away from regular wardrobe planning and wearing might have helped you to look at your wardrobe afresh.
You know what I’m going to say next, don’t you? If you haven’t already done so, do edit your wardrobe and organise it so you can visibly see all that you have at your workwear disposal.
These are the pieces you need to be able to immediately lay eyes on – albeit bleary eyes of a work morning.
Accessories are also key in summer when it’s too hot for too many layers. That one necklace or pair of earrings can add interest to an otherwise meh kind of outfit.
Oh and if you work in an air-conditioned office you already know that this time of year is tricky for that too. Inside can be ice-rink-style freezing while outside you could fry the proverbial egg on the pavement.
Lightweight blazers and cardis in half and three-quarter sleeves are your layering friends in these scenarios.
Believe it or not this is also a good time to shop for pieces to update your workwear look. There are still good sales buys around – often with extra reductions. And, as I type, there is new stocking landing that offers an early trans-seasonal wardrobe freshen up.
Below I’ve put together three outfits that could work in three different work places: corporate, creative and home office.
Back to work yet? Didn’t get a break? Which outfit most suits your workplace dress code?