Office not got air con? Got to endure a sweaty commute on the Underground? Yep, us too. Dressing for work in summer is a challenging sartorial mission not for the faint hearted. Not all places of work are strappy-summer-dress-and-flat-sandal friendly: after all, you have to look relatively formal and smart enough for all manner of meetings. But, chances are, as soon as the clock strikes 5 you’ll be dashing out the door to start more fun social activities, so your wardrobe needs to work hard for you, taking you from your desk to drinks seamlessly and (hopefully) without too much sweat.

We rounded up the best outfit ideas inspired by our favourite fashion experts to give you a helping hand. Because as much as we’d all rather be on the beach (or at least in a park), it’s not always possible. Welcome to your new season summer style. 

Skirts that fall just below the knee are an appropriate office length while still letting you show a bit of that summer glow. Pair with a simple crew-neck t-shirt in a bright summery shade and a woven heel shoe—a cooler office-appropriate footwear choice in every sense of the word. 
Remember that lemon pleated skirt on Celine’s Spring/Summer runway? Find a version now in Mango.
Simple, but with such nice fabrication it’s smart enough for work. 
The perfect summer shoe.
Thank heavens for minimalism, and its focus on pared-back wardrobe essentials. For when there really isn’t movement on the classic office dresscode, look for lightweight, cotton chino trousers with a contemporary cut and a crisp blouse that will keep you as cool as you are covered. Super chic. 
No-one said your shirt can’t be fun. 
Dress down at the weekends with a t-shirt and slides. 
Half shoe, half sandal, the mule is the hero of the summer working wardrobe. Bonus points for the chic globular heel. 
A simple shirt-style dress is a great alternative to a floral maxi, which might at times feel a little too prairie for the office. While Roberta’s Mango dress is silk, look for a lightweight, cotton alternative in a similar silhouette: the billowy skirt will keep you cool. Ankle boots tone down the girlishness. 
Wear this one on the beach, too. 
Wear forever.
Like a tote bag, but better. 

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