Heatwave fashion hack: how to get away with wearing less to work
When the temperature drops, you can always add more layers of clothing to keep warm at work. But when a heatwave strikes there are only so many layers you can take off before you get sent to Human Resources for violating your company's dress code.
From sundresses to shorts, many of the coolest pieces in our summer wardrobes tend to be too revealing for the office. That said, with a bit of clever styling there are ways to make these pieces work, for work.
1. OPT FOR NATURAL FABRICS
The light weave of natural fabrics like linen and cotton allows for maximum breathability making them the coolest fabrics to wear in the warmer seasons, especially during a heatwave.
Pair linen trousers with a silk blouse and a pair of mules for a chic look.
2. KEEP IT TAILORED
There's no doubt that well-tailored pieces give off a professional vibe. So when raiding your summer weekend wardrobe for officewear, think 'structure'.
A shirt dress is the ultimate easy-to-wear outfit, and because it's a riff on a men's workwear staple it's a natural fit for the office.
By sheer virtue of having a collar, a golf shirt has a much smarter feel than a regular tee. Wear one in cooling colours such as white, lilac or pale blue teamed with lightweight, high-wasted trousers.
You may even be able to get away with a pair of shorts — provided they aren't too short — if they're well-tailored and you pair them with a chic top and lightweight blazer.
3. LAYER UP
It seems strange to be suggesting you wear layers during a heatwave, but by donning a t-shirt or short-sleeved blouse under that strappy summer dress you can ensure you won't be flashing too much skin at the office.
The same applies to full-length jumpsuits.