Take a shine to these new double-duty summer looks
Words: Lindsay Samson
Legs have started peeking out from shorts, midriffs are being bared beneath cropped shirts and our toes are finally getting a break from being squished into boots. As we start filling up our holiday closets, we’re picking pieces that don’t have to be packed away unused until we’re no longer desk-bound in December. Put your summer wardrobe to work and choose items that you can wear during office hours as well as when you’re in full holiday mode – and, dare we say, when you’re back at work next year. Here are the season essentials you need to stay in style, from beach to boardroom, without breaking the bank.
Tailored shorts are effortlessly cool, comfortable and the perfect garment to spend many days wearing during the hotter months. Try our volume shorts in brown with a fitted waist and functional pockets – a structured pair that can easily be dressed up or down for work or play. For an office-chic look, add slingback, block heels and a billowy, pussy-bow blouse.
Searching for a fresh on-trend summer shade? Go with the mint tones of this broderie anglaise dress. Fully lined with a gathered waistline and all-over crochet design, the sleeveless frock is relaxed enough for lazy days in the holiday sun. Wear with a soft, unlined jacket, a fresh pair of sneakers in complementary colours and a gold wristwatch for a polished and professional day at work.
Billowy short-sleeved blouses are a key keeping-it-cool item for this summer. This olive green Mandarin-collar shirt is neutral enough to be paired with just about any colour and it’s large front pockets deliver the ultimate utility style. For the office, skinny-fit seam leggings break up the shirt’s loose silhouette and a pair of minimal slides maintain a casual, elegant aesthetic. Accessorise with a leather belt and classic silver watch for a touch of understated glamour.
This funnel-neck vest is simple, sleek and versatile. Wear it to one of the season’s many swish get-togethers or dress it down with jeans and sneakers for a day of Christmas shopping. Up the ante when you return to work by pairing it with a flared and flowing bright red midi-skirt. Add a pair of velvet, slip-on heels and dainty, gold earrings and you’re all set for work.