When it comes to your 9-5 attire, finding the right balance between looking smart and keeping cool is essential during the summer season. Dressing smartly in the workplace during the winter months is pretty simple, layers are your friend – blazers, shirts, knitwear etc.… but as the weather starts to warm up and your go-to workwear essentials become uncomfortable to wear, maintaining your smart-style becomes a little bit tricky.
Summer patterns, shorter lengths, lightweight fabrics and layer-free looks are all acceptable in the workplace, just as long as you get it right! The sun starting to show its face through your office window is the perfect excuse to get a bit more creative with your working wardrobe, and to ditch the blazer and jumper/shirt combination, we’re here to show you how!
The increase in temperature might have you reaching for your t-shirts in the morning, until you realise its work you’re getting ready for, not a day in the sun. But fear not, short-sleeve shirts and polo’s will be your best friends during the weekdays for a look that will have you appearing smart, whilst keeping cool in the office. Short-sleeve shirts tend to come in a wider variety of patterns and colours than regular shirts that are perfect for the summer months – making it easy to embrace summer season style without looking like you’re heading to the beach. Check out Pretty Green, Edwin, Barbour and Farah for the best selection of short-sleeve shirts.
Can You Wear Shorts?
Shorts might not seem like an item of clothing you can add to your working wardrobe if the industry you work in requires you to turn up looking smart, when in fact, chino shorts can be dressed-up just as easily as chino trousers. Choose wisely when it comes to your shorts – opt for a slim fit in a darker shade and avoid jean shorts and jersey shorts. Pair your slim fit chino shorts with a short-sleeve shirt and a smart, lightweight jacket, or even a blazer, to balance out the casual appearance of your bottom half. Take a look at Armani Jeans, Polo Ralph Lauren and Barbour to find your perfect shorts for the workplace.
The Lightweight Jacket
With the unpredictability of the British weather and that pretty much all-year round breeze, you’re going to want to be prepared with an extra layer for your summer-smart look. Adding layers to your outfit also makes your style appear more considered and depending on your choice of jacket, can add that extra bit of smartness to your more casual summer options. Harrington jackets, bomber jackets, over-shirts and casual blazers make for the perfect lightweight layers with a smart appearance during the summer months. Click here to browse through our selection of smart, lightweight jackets that are perfect for your spring working wardrobe.
Trainers are for sure the footwear of choice during the summer months and luckily for us, it is now more acceptable than ever to work sportswear classics such as trainers in to a smarter look, thanks to recent trends. Similar to shorts, choosing your trainers wisely will mean you will be able to wear them both smart and casual. Go for a low-rise shape and a trainer with a clean, simplistic style, such as these Stan Smith White and Green Trainers from Adidas Originals.
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Pull together your own working wardrobe from our portfolio of premium brands whether it’s corporate casual or smarter attire we have a collection of menswear that will be suitable for every office environment.