Surviving Summer in your Workwear

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How to nail a perfect workwear wardrobe for when the heat strikes.

Summer-friendly fabrics to never spill a drop in your favourite workwear staples.

When temperatures start rising and daylight hours increase, spending your days stuck indoors is one of the most frustrating realities of summer. Could it get any worse? What about that time when you wore your favourite shirt only to end up dripping in it all day long? Bye bye perfectly polished sleeves. Your carefully structured workwear wardrobe is about to go on holiday way before you are. Or maybe not? Nowadays the choice of lightweight and summer-friendly versions of perennial fabrics is broader than ever. These will allow you to keep your tailored style without breaking the sweat. 

summer-friendly workwear
Zara SS17 Collection

Here are some examples to inspire your heat-proof seasonal purchases.

A summer-friendly wardrobe has two solid bases: cotton and silk. In the SS17 collections, designers used different additions and inserts in abundance, supporting the playfulness of this year’s trends and the freedom to experiment unusual combinations even in the office environment. Other two smart fabrics to opt for are summer tweeds and light bouclé yarns, especially for outerwear. If the classic neutral palette from grey to navy doesn’t suit you, some catchy alternatives in the catwalks were denim-inspired indigos and pale light blues. These tones will, in fact, add an immediate touch of freshness to any garment. Particularly for transitional dresses and outfits, prints can also be a great alternative: for example, vertical stripes and gingham checks are both very much à la mode this summer, so why not pair them up with a perfectly tailored blazer or a wrapped pencil skirt?

Dusty pink is another best friend of summer staples both in casual and informal wear. Other inspiring photographs from the fashion weeks displayed monochromatic suits and pyjama-inspired looks. All now mostly available in cotton, silk and premium polyester, which is another great ally against sweating.

summer-friendly bouclé jacket
Laurie & Jules Bouclé Jacket

For this upcoming summer, brands tended to remaster the clean silhouettes through dry handles with a matte finish. Also, dramatic drapes and comfort stretch fabrics gave a twist to the city classics like pinstripes and masculine garments.

Don’t be afraid to play with proportions and oversized combos Annie Hall-style and invest in some tactile-looking pieces like grainy yarns or lightweight flannels, as these are two substantial components of contemporary summer tailoring.

Think & Other Stories, Paul Smith, Mango, Zara and Visual Optimism or hit Net-a-Porter and Nordstrom to find a true match directly from your desk.

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