Summer In The City

Summer has arrived in full force this week. Summer in the City is one of my favourite times of the year, but for those of us who work in a an office it throws up many a sartorial dilemma. Now, I love me some cut-off denim shorts and a vest in the comfort of my own garden, or on the beach, but in the office, even my office where there is no dress code at all, that look won’t cut it at your desk. Personally I don’t believe ANYONE should be wearing a flip-flop and a hot pant in the work place. Flip flops especially. They are for THE beach people! They are not designed to be worn on your commute, the flappiness, the high propensity to get one stuck in the escalator. The grime, the flimsiness, it’s just not on.

Other items that I also deem unacceptable for work are strappy mini-dresses with no bra – saw one culprit in one of those on Wednesday, she nearly had my eye out with her very freely swinging busoms. Playsuits, also not really right for high-powered business meetings, and on Tuesday I saw a lady in the canteen queue sporting boob tube…Live and let live I suppose, but too much flesh on show around the photocopier sets my teeth on edge. My general rule of thumb for dressing in the workplace, even on very hot day is ‘Would I feel comfortable in this if I was suddenly called into a meeting with the chairman?’ if the answer to this is ‘No, probably not’, then maybe rethink your outfit.

I reckon some lightweight cotton is your best bet, I’m not talking about those awful pastel linen pants with elasticated waists that are a favourite of many ladies-of-a-certain-age. We can do better than that. I also don’t like anything too short these days and due to my rather sad spur-of-the-moment-I’ll-have-one-on-each-arm-please 90’s tattoos I also favour some kind of sleeves, but I assume most you don’t have this issue, so let’s have a look at some choices for this hot weather at work.

THE COTTON SUMMER DRESS

This is my go-to summer work outfit. A lightweight cotton dress with Leather Sandals. I love this Monsoon one. It’s out of stock in my size or else I would have snapped it up, but I have it on good authority it will be back online soon, so keep an eye out if your size is also not available. It’s very similar to this Free People dress that I have ordered though, so I probably don’t NEED another one. But if this summer heatwave continues one IS going to need more options!

1. Monsoon Farley Stripe Linen Dress 
2. Mango Red & White Stripe Handbag 
3. Iris and Ink Cotton Voile Dress 
4. Saltwater Red Leather Sandals

 

THE T-SHIRT AND LOOSE TROUSERS

An easy breezy outfit that works for ‘at home’ or at work. Assuming you don’t work in the city or somewhere that frowns upon T-shirts. The Wide Leg Trouser is your friend in the heat. Jeans are a no-go area as they are too thick and too hot. A cotton wide-leg will help to keep you cool.

1. Gucci Marmont Shoulder Bag 
2. River Island Simplicitie T-Shirt 
3. Whistles Liberte T-Shirt 
4. Next Pinstripe Culottes 
5. The Outnet Marni Red Leather Sandals 

 

THE COTTON TOP AND SKIRT

A good alternative to the dress and sandals is the skirt and cotton top. I know I’m banging on about cotton and linen, but in the heat you really should steer clear of man-made fibres. If you’ve ever stood next to a man wearing a Polyester Shirt on the Central line in the summer, you will have a good idea as to why…

1. Monsoon Blue Stripe Linen Shirt 
2. & Other Stories Fitted Button Down Blouse
3. New Look Button White Denim Skirt (on sale)
4. New Look Yellow Button Skirt 
5. Top Shop Fever Sandals 

 

THE EASY JUMPSUIT

Go for something reasonably loose and less fitted in the summer. These two from Whistles are perfect for this weather. Both made of cotton and nothing clingy. Jumpsuits are also great from impromptu ‘let’s have lunch in the park’ days. Much easier to sit cross legged with an egg and cress sandwich in a jumpsuit than in a skirt.

1. Gucci Ophedia Mini Bag 
2. Whistles Etta Linen Jumpsuit 
3. Whistles Allie Tie Shoulder Jumpsuit 
4. Zadig and Voltaire Flash Leather Trainers 
5. Mads Norgaard Leather Sandals (on sale)

 

THE SMART SUMMER DRESS

Finally a slightly smarter version of the summer dress. I love the Lily and Lionel Dress. Great fit and great floral pattern. I have ordered this Cos Dress. As with a lot of things in Cos, they look like nothing on the hanger but drape really well when you try on. I nearly bought the dress at full price, but glad I waited as it’s now on sale. It’s a classic ‘Buffet Dress’, hides all sins as it’s nice an loose!  I already have these & Other Stories Sandals from last year. Must be a classic if they’ve done them again this year.

1. Victoria Beckham Acetate Sunglasses (on sale) 
2. Cos Layered V Neck Chiffon Dress (on sale)
3. Lily and Lionel Vintage Floral Dress (on sale)
4. & Other Stories Buckle Block Heel Sandals
5. & Other Stories Raw Edge Leather Sandals 

 

This hot weather looks likes it’s set to continue for the foreseeable. How are you coping? Do you work in an office? What are you wearing? so many questions!

K x

8 thoughts on “Summer In The City

  1. Great post!
    I so agree on flip flops! I may go so far as to say they should be banned, that’s how much I loath them, but I suppose it really is a case of horses for courses!
    My personal favorite is a jumpsuit, I have one from Baukjen that feels as though you’ve got pj’s on, and it’s great for a buffet lunch too. My other fave of this season, looks like a jumpsuit but is really trousers and top set, (from part two, they seem to have done loads of options this year). I’m off to a wedding combined with holiday this summer, so it’ll be dressed up for the big day, and dressed down for the rest of the time.

  2. I work in a office problem
    I have is that it is lovely and warm outside and I want to dress for summer but our air con is on the too cold side – so it’s layers ! I am so with you on work no no and also not keen on open toe shoes for work.

  3. I hate flip flops (called thongs in Australia and they are virtually the uniform of the nation). All great chooses as usual.

    A cotton silk blend is great in a summer dress though hard to find.

  4. Interestingly my office HAVE banned flip flops, but on health and safety, rather than sartorial grounds.

    Spot on, as always.

    1. My office also banned flip flops – which I was very pleased about because they make me made.

      Sadly they also banned “sliders” which includes birkenstocks, and any slip on sandal.
      Until this year I have managed to get nice sandals that don’t slip on – this year… its been a struggle!

  5. I embrace the “No dress code” rule perhaps a little more than you’d like, and tend to follow the “top or bottom” rule (to use its more polite term). So I’ll wear a strappy top (with bra) and loose trousers, or a higher necked loose top with a mini or some tailored shorts.

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