In need of an office wardrobe update? Shop our high street edit of sophisicated, on-trend, and sunshine friendly buys...
Finding what to wear to work in the summer can be a bit of a mission. You have to make sure your summer workwear is dress-code appropriate, but you’ll also want a wardrobe that’s comfortable enough to wear on the tube without melting.
Dressing for the office is never easy when the sun comes out, and with stuffy train cars, fierce office air-con and the unpredictable British weather to contend with, it’s a wonder we ever leave the house at all. With that in mind we’ve scoured the shelves for this season’s take on smart separates, statement shirts and boardroom-to-bar dresses that will have you looking and feeling super cool during the summer months. This year, the classic white work shirt has had a serious style update, while shirt dresses have also made a comeback. There are plenty of powder blue and pastel pinks shades to be had, giving traditional summer workwear a super-soft makeover. If you fancy bold colours or prints, you’re spoilt for choice. Classic shapes are mixed with this season’s hottest prints, resulting in the perfect summer workwear style statement.Shop our office-approved picks now, and find your perfect summer workwear look…
Rock the monochrome trend from your desk, all the way to the cocktail bar in confidence that you’ll keep cool the whole day. In this black and white dress by Lucy & Co, you’ll look bold and stay refreshed.
At MC, we can’t resist a cool pair of culottes to wear at the office; especially this marbleised pair from Topshop.
Ok, so the temperature does drop in the evenings. Be prepared with a light, fun jacket in a bold colour, like this one from Boden.
There’s no reason not to spruce up your summer workwear with a vibrant pattern. This printed silk top from Reiss will add life to your work wardrobe.
A jumpsuit is the easiest way to get great summer style. Pair this one with some intricate gladiator sandals to nail the look.
Be pretty in pink this summer and add a feminine touch to a drab suit with this pink silk blouse.
Who says a sundress has to be reserved for your days off? Wear this gorgeous & Other Stories dress to work and be the office’s most stylish employee.
Alexa Chung loves a velvet skirt and there’s no reason you can’t incorporate the luxe fabric into your summer workwear wardrobe too.
You’ll certainly look electric in these bright blue trousers from COS. Pair them with a white button down for a look that says bold and chic, yet strictly professional.
If you work in an office, the best way to bring life to a sterile environment is with this flamingo-print shirt from Alice + Olivia.
It’s a smart idea to keep a jacket with you at work in the summer. Air-con can be killer. but the cold air doesn’t have to kill your style. Invest in an easy-to-style jacket that will go with everything.
We’re saying ‘no’ to wool tailoring this summer and bringing out the florals, like this L.K. Bennett dress instead.
There isn’t much we don’t love about this shirt. It’s bold, it’s feminine, it’s quirky and it’s totally suitable for work.
If you’re still trying to figure out how to incorporate this season’s denim trend into your work wardrobe, this dress is the answer.
We love the bold brush strokes that adorn this simple shift dress. They’re bang on trend and perfect for the office.
White trousers are quintessential to the summer workwear wardrobe. Investing in a pair of perfect white trousers is the smartest fashion decision you’ll make all summer.
Look elegant and professional in a midi shift dress. Pair this feminine dress with a pair of power heels to make a bold statement in the office.
Work the pastel trend into your summer workwear with this jacquard pencil skirt from Dorothy Perkins.
Rework the white work shirt by upgrading to Topshop’s draped blouse.
Own office style in a monochrome shift dress that has the essence of power and authority.
For days when the sun’s not shining so bright, throw on a light jumper for a bit of extra warmth.
Richard Nicoll has remixed the shirt dress in an intricate origami-inspired pattern. We love.
Calvin Klein’s famed minimalism is written all over this turtleneck top. Pair this with black trousers for a New York-inspired office look.
Make this your go-to dress for those unpredictable days at the office. It’s so versatile, you’ll be able to storm the boardroom and celebrate at the cocktail bar afterwards, all in effortless style.
Reinvent your classic work uniform with this contrast shirt dress, which will look great with fancy flats and elegant heels alike.
Perfect for throwing over your pastels, this gorgeous blazer is an irresistibly cool piece (both literally and figuratively) that we just have to have.
A beautiful summer design in a classic smart shape, this full length shirt is the perfect top to balance out a short skirt if you’re ready to get your tanned pins out.
Girly girls rejoice! You can pull off you favourite feminine shade in the office with these beauties. To turn heads, clash with hot pink shades up top.
Throw on this minimal, crisp shirt dress for an easy way to get office-ready in an instant, and nothing says summer like this sky blue shade. The loose fit and cotton chambray fabric will make those jam-packed commutes bearable (well, almost).
Pricey, but an investment piece you’ll want to wear time and time again. Team with your favourite courts for a classic, elegant look.
Girly florals can be grown up, too. Work into your wardrobe with masucline shapes like this short sleeved shirt.
You can’t go wrong with monochrome, and these classic dogtooth print cigarette trousers are the perfect way to rock the look desk side. Add a neon yellow tee and metallic block heels for a full-on finish.
Bomber jackets are the go too cover up this season, and are suprisingly versatile – as demonstrated by this black-lined white piece from Allsaints. Not only can this take you from desktop to roof top, but ticks two trend in one.
Work two trends in one buy with this flourescent orange sports luxe skirt, which can take you from work-to-bar no problem.
We can never quite trust a British summer, hence why we love the cropped jacket. It’s light enough to carry by day, but keeps you that extra bit cosier when the sun goes down.
If you prefer bodycon fit dresses to looser, skater styles, opt for ones that fall just above the knee like this pastel pink number. White accesories will make this look extra cool.
Show you mean business with this Kate Middleton-esque collar fitted dress, which will guarantee you look and feel the part.
A great dual-duty buy, pair this dégradé leopard print silk shirt with tailored black trousers in the office, or mix with ripped denim to ace casual style when the weekend comes around.
A new print trend to watch out for this summer, we love this marble pencil skirt in gentle blue and grey hues. There’s a matching top available so you can work the look from head to toe.
This beautiful powder blue dress oozes summer beach vibes, but is smart enough on the job, too. We love the figure flattering pleated panel detail at the waist, which draws it in creating the illusion of an hourglass shape.
These breathable linen trousers are perfect for keeping cool but covered at work. Team with a crisp white shirt and cork wedge heels to finish.
Recycle last years go-to summer dress with a bright boxy jacket like this River Island number to update it. Neon strap heels will add extra fun to the fluorescent look.
This barely-mint dress is a timeless piece that can be worn both in the office and to fancy events.
We’ve well and truly moved away from the skinny leg jean as the go-to trousers for women. Not only have celebs like Victoria Beckham and Sienna Miller been seen working the boot leg trend, but it’s a much sharper option for the office, too.
We love this update on a classic white shirt with a broderie design, the ideal buy if you’re after a summer switch up that isn’t too far fetched.
Ace daytime dressing with this elegant midi dress. We love that it plays into the sheer trend, but is work appropriate at the same time.
The Olympics may have been two years ago, but this is so now. The knee-length makes it acceptable work attire, but the side zip gives it a sport luxe edge. Love.
Laid back yet elegant, an oversized blazer is a wardrobe staple to take you from day in the office to evening at the bar.
Keeping in theme with the office-approved shirt dress, work it with one of summer’s biggest trend with this show-stopping orange pick.
Big presentation? This monochrome dress from Karen Millen is the perfect fit for formal occassions. The sleeveless design will keep you cool, and the black panelling is super slimming.
Inject sophisticated into your wardrobe of summer basics with a chic printed blazer. We love this on-trend (and supper affordable) tribal print blazer from New Look.
If haven’t picked up already from the endless list of red carpet looks, white is the colour to be seen in this summer. Team with white trouser if you want to brave the trend, or
alternatively wear this box cut number with a printed or pastel midi skirt.
Keep your style in check as you head to work in these. The relaxed fill will be super cooling on those sweaty tube journeys, while a classic check print never fails for office attire. Team with black and white to keep it simple but chic.
If you’re attempting to pull off short-shorts at work, loose fitting suit shorts will ensure you still look sharp. Play into the metallic trend by day in these, and team with the matching jacket to nail on-trend office chic.
Formal grey and black tones smarten up this relaxed dress, which is super flattering for pear shapes during the heat.
Simple stripes never go a miss, and we love this versatile midi dress from M&S. Throw on a statement necklace and your best heels on a friday afternoon and you’ll be ready for girly drinks in an no time.
We love this versatile dress, as it can be dressed up dressed down in an instant. For the office, got for smart block heels and minimal accessories to make it work.
Feminine and chic, this airy shirt with no doubt keep you cool when the heat it on.
Wear this patterned silk top tucked into black tailored shorts for a super smart finish, or over a bright block pencil skirt for a fun touch.