The countdown until the British heatwave has begun. While we’d all rather be sporting a bikini, poolside, there’s work to be done, which presents a dressing dilemma: how to make the most of the sunshine while remaining office-appropriate.
Find here a guide to surviving the soaring temperatures, and crucially, keeping cooly chic.
1. Don’t Go Sheer
It’s one thing to risk a glimpse of silken underwear over a vodka martini on a balmy summer evening, but quite another to flash your knickers at an 11am with your boss. If your dress reveals the outline of your legs when you look in the mirror at home, leave it at home. Heat wave or no heat wave – breezy, opaque cotton is a far chicer alternative to putting it all on show.
We all have summer sandals that we should have got rid of, but haven’t. The Birkenstocks that were half-dissolved by seawater, or the scuffed flip flops we usually only wear for yoga. These aren’t your friend when it comes to selecting office appropriate footwear during the heatwave. Book a pedicure and pick a barely there leather thong sandal or do comfortable-chic with Balenciaga’s double-strap leather sandals – a winner for coverage that conceals feet in need of extra TLC.
3. Summer Black
While we advocate midnight black on cooler summer days, or warm Grecian evenings, it doesn’t pay to create your own sartorial hot house. Navy is your cut off point. The same applies to leather. Don’t do it.
4. Yes To Tailored Shorts
Bleached denim cut-offs should not wander into any office, anywhere, ever. Shorts, of the crisply tailored variety, do work, however, especially with a high neck ribbed vest. Pick a darker shade of short – plum, navy or khaki are a favourite – and opt for a high waist.
5. Think Natural
Jersey, satin, lamé…any clothes that shimmer or gleam in bright sunlight will make you sweat limitlessly. Your faithful day-long fabrics are silk or cotton. Keep Jo Malone’s ‘Red Roses’ in your desk drawer for a discreet spritz at 4pm.
6. Fringe Is Off Limits
There’s a limit to the amount of fringing a girl can carry off in a field, with a golden tan, somewhere in California. Unless you work in the mid-west, leave the tassels for parties only. You also have the safety hazards of fast closing lift or tube doors to consider…
Then before you know it you’ll be on holiday and life in the office will be completely forgotten.
A holiday where sometimes no clothes are the best clothes.