Summer Workwear: What To Wear This Week

In need of an office wardrobe update? Shop our high street edit of sophisicated, on-trend, and sunshine friendly buys...

Zara Summer Clothes Work Wear Image
Zara Summer Clothes Work Wear Image
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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.

What To Wear To Work

What To Wear To Work

Zara Lifestyle Work Shot
(Image credit: Zara)

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...

Lucy & Co Window Pane Waisted Dress, £45

Lucy & Co Window Pane Waisted Dress, £45

Summer Workwear

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.


Topshop Marble Check Culottes, £50

Topshop Marble Check Culottes, £50

Summer Workwear

At MC, we can't resist a cool pair of culottes to wear at the office; especially this marbleised pair from Topshop.


Boden Edie Jacket, £129

Boden Edie Jacket, £129

Summer Workwear

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.


Reiss Delores Silk Painterly Print Blouse Juliet Floral, £135

Reiss Delores Silk Painterly Print Blouse Juliet Floral, £135

Summer Workwear

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.


Whistles Phillipa Jumpsuit, £155

Whistles Phillipa Jumpsuit, £155

Summer Workwear

A jumpsuit is the easiest way to get great summer style. Pair this one with some intricate gladiator sandals to nail the look.


L.K. Bennett Blues Silk Print Shirt, £165

L.K. Bennett Blues Silk Print Shirt, £165

Summer Workwear

Be pretty in pink this summer and add a feminine touch to a drab suit with this pink silk blouse.


& Other Stories Graphic Streamer Dress, £95

Summer Workwear

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.


House of Holland Scalloped-Hem Velvet Mini Skirt, £150

House of Holland Scalloped-Hem Velvet Mini Skirt, £150

Summer Workwear

Alexa Chung loves a velvet skirt and there's no reason you can't incorporate the luxe fabric into your summer workwear wardrobe too.


COS Neat-Fit Trousers, £79

COS Neat-Fit Trousers, £79

Summer Workwear

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.


Alice + Olivia Willa Top, £142

Alice + Olivia Willa Top, £142

Summer Workwear

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.


Amanda Uprichard Wysteria Jacket Earth, £210

Amanda Uprichard Wysteria Jacket Earth, £210

Summer Workwear

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. 


L.K. Bennett Valdez Print Sleeve Dress, £195

L.K. Bennett Valdez Print Sleeve Dress, £195

Summer Workwear

We're saying 'no' to wool tailoring this summer and bringing out the florals, like this L.K. Bennett dress instead.


J.W. Anderson French Ruffle Cotton Shirt, £290

J.W. Anderson French Ruffle Cotton Shirt, £290

Summer Workwear

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.


Gap Pleated Indigo Dress, £49.95

Gap Pleated Indigo Dress, £49.95

Summer Workwear

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.


Vila Paint Stroke Shift Dress, £36

Vila Paint Stroke Shift Dress, £36

Summer Workwear

We love the bold brush strokes that adorn this simple shift dress. They're bang on trend and perfect for the office.


Piazza Sempione Audrey White Cropped Trousers, £195

Piazza Sempione Audrey White Cropped Trousers, £195

Summer Workwear

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.


COS Chiffon Dress, £89

COS Chiffon Dress, £89

Summer Workwear

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.


Dorothy Perkins Blue Jacquard Pencil Skirt, £30

Dorothy Perkins Blue Jacquard Pencil Skirt, £30

Summer Workwear

Work the pastel trend into your summer workwear with this jacquard pencil skirt from Dorothy Perkins.


Topshop Drape Front Pocket Blouse, £36

Topshop Drape Front Pocket Blouse, £36

Summer Workwear

Rework the white work shirt by upgrading to Topshop's draped blouse.


Tiger of Sweden Indy Dress, £159

Tiger of Sweden Indy Dress, £159

Summer Workwear

Own office style in a monochrome shift dress that has the essence of power and authority.


J. Crew Tippi Merino Wool Sweater, £80

J. Crew Tippi Merino Wool Sweater, £80

Summer Workwear

For days when the sun's not shining so bright, throw on a light jumper for a bit of extra warmth.


Richard Nicoll Origami-Detailed Cotton Mini Dress, £370

Richard Nicoll Origami-Detailed Cotton Mini Dress, £370

Summer Workwear

Richard Nicoll has remixed the shirt dress in an intricate origami-inspired pattern. We love.


Calvin Klein Stretch-Crepe Turtleneck Top, £470

Calvin Klein Stretch-Crepe Turtleneck Top, £470

Summer Workwear

Calvin Klein's famed minimalism is written all over this turtleneck top. Pair this with black trousers for a New York-inspired office look.


NW3 By Hobbs Layla Dress, £79

NW3 By Hobbs Layla Dress, £79

Summer Workwear

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.


Lavish Alice Shirt Dress, £18

Lavish Alice Shirt Dress, £18

Lavish Alice Powder Blue Contrast Collar A-Line Shirt Dress, £18

Reinvent your classic work uniform with this contrast shirt dress, which will look great with fancy flats and elegant heels alike.

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Chloé Striped Cotton and Linen-Blend Blazer, £1370

Chloé Striped Cotton and Linen-Blend Blazer, £1370

Chloé Striped Cotton and Linen-Blend Blazer, £1370

Perfect for throwing over your pastels, this gorgeous blazer is an irresistibly cool piece (both literally and figuratively) that we just have to have.

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Miss Selfridge Botanical Print Shirt, £30

Miss Selfridge Botanical Print Shirt, £30

Miss Selfridge Botanical Print Shirt, £30, floral

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.

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Vionnet Pink Tapered Pants, £625

Vionnet Pink Tapered Pants, £625

Vionnet Pink Tapered Pants, £625

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.

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COS Collarless Shirt Dress, £69

COS Collarless Shirt Dress, £69

Cos Collarless Shirt Dress, £69, Light Blue

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).

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Victoria Beckham Color-Block Dress, £670

Victoria Beckham Color-Block Dress, £670

Victoria Beckham Color-Block Wool-Crepe Dress, £670

Pricey, but an investment piece you'll want to wear time and time again. Team with your favourite courts for a classic, elegant look.

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Asos Floral Print Shirt, £25

Asos Floral Print Shirt, £25

Asos Floral Print Shirt, £25, blakc and pink

Girly florals can be grown up, too. Work into your wardrobe with masucline shapes like this short sleeved shirt.

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Topshop Dogtooth Cigarette Trousers, £42

Topshop Dogtooth Cigarette Trousers, £42

Topshop Dogtooth Cigarette Trousers, £42, BLACK AND WHITE

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.

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All Saints Quin Bomber Jacket, £258

All Saints Quin Bomber Jacket, £258

All Saints Quin Bomber Jacket, £258, black and white

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.

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Topshop Sports Waistband Pleat Midi Skirt, £38

Topshop Sports Waistband Pleat Midi Skirt, £38

Topshop Sports Waistband Pleat Midi Skirt, £38, Orange

Work two trends in one buy with this flourescent orange sports luxe skirt, which can take you from work-to-bar no problem.

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H&M Short Jacket, £29.99