HOW TO CREATE A SUMMER WORK WARDROBE

Looking presentable and keeping cool can be a real challenge in the warmer months, especially when you're balancing days at home with days in the office too. Here, our Stylist Sairey Stemp, shares the summer outfits you need to navigate different work scenarios, along with styling tips to help you make each piece work even harder in your wardrobe throughout the season.

SHOP WORKWEAR

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HOME WORKING

Sairey says: "When you're working from home, clothes are such an important factor in creating the right mindset for the day ahead. You want to feel ready for work but build on the relaxed feel that being in your own surroundings brings. The solution? Keep it smart up top in a cool white shirt and comfy below in loose linen trousers. For on-screen moments, a colour pop blazer exudes confidence."

Style tip: "If it's too warm for a jacket, statement earrings are a quick and easy way to elevate your look – even if you're wearing a simple white t-shirt."

WORKPLACE CASUAL

Sairey says: "Fresh, smart and in a contouring cotton stretch denim, consider white jeans the perfect blank canvas for an array of workday outfits. For a business casual look, style them with a breezy floral blouse but always keep a blazer to hand. It will immediately smarten the whole look if a last minute important meeting pops in your diary."

Style tip: "When styled with a button up blouse, try a half tuck at the front. It will give your look a distinctly contemporary feel."

DESK TO DRINKS

Sairey says: "There's something so effortless about a shirt dress, especially in summer. Creating an instant outfit that is comfortable in warm weather yet work appropriate – at home or the office. Made plans after hours? The added advantage is there's no need to change – simply swap flats for heels and slip-on a blazer. Pop the collar and push the sleeves up to your elbows for a look that's the epitome of chic."

Style tip: "A true wardrobe multitasker, you can also style a shirt dress with a sunhat and espadrilles for garden parties or holidays."

OFFICE SMART

Sairey says: "Always start by thinking about your journey to work. Do you drive? Do you get the tube? Because this will influence fabric choice. Easy care suiting will stay crease-free, while an airy linen suit will keep you cool on public transport and is perfectly professional for the office too. Just add a linen top for extra breathability and sleek leather loafers to up the all-day comfort factor."

Style tip: "Create even more summer outfits by layering blazers over dresses and styling suit trousers with jersey vest tops and sandals."

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