Andrea's It-List: This is my secret for effortless 'one and done' summer outfits

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The below is from editor-in-chief Andrea Thompson's weekly newsletter, Andrea's It-List. Subscribe here.

The British weather right now is typically erratic, so getting dressed for the office is no easy feat. For me, summer workwear is all about the simple 'one and done' shirt dress or relaxed tailoring and lightweight separates I can mix and match or layer to get me from tube to desk to al fresco event without being uncomfortably hot or chilly. This week, I've rounded up my go-to summer work essentials from the classic linen suit to my favourite waistcoat and short combos, cute summer dresses and minimalist sandals.

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Editor in Chief

Andrea Thompson is Editor in Chief at Marie Claire UK and was named by We are the City as one of the UKs top 50 trailblazers for her work championing gender equality.

Andrea has worked as a senior journalist for a range of publications over her 20 year career including The Sunday Times, The Guardian, The Daily Mail, Channel 4, Glamour and Grazia. At Marie Claire UK, Andrea oversees content, strategy and campaigns across fashion, beauty and the brand's purpose pillars. Her weekly newsletter and column Andreas It List showcases her curated edit of the very best in fashion and beauty. Andrea is a keen advocate of women's empowerment, sustainability and diversity and is a regular speaker at events on these themes. She sits on the committee of the British Society of Magazine Editors where she acts as Vice Chair and looks after Diversity and Inclusion and regularly mentors young women from under represented communities trying to break into the media industry. Follow her on instagram at @andreacanwrite