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Office Attire for a Heatwave

We’ve all been there: the need to look chic and immaculate at work, but an astonishingly sweltering heatwave is upon the city, where stepping outside the front door feels like entering a sauna, and heat seems to radiate off the roads and buildings. Let’s not even speak of the tube at rush hour, which is what we imagine hell to be like. The key to escaping (relatively) unscathed and arriving at the office looking as fresh as when you left your house is in the fabrics and layering: you have to be strategic and flexible. DRESSES: Put away your winter dresses and avoid thick fabrics, since retailers offer many choices of dresses in lighter fabrics and more colourful patterns. Also, stay away from fabrics like neoprene that retain the heat and don’t allow your skin to breathe. Opt instead for sleeveless billowy dresses with lace inserts and subtle transparencies and cut-outs, and shirt dresses made of cotton or linen. Theo + George offer an array of silk crepe de chine dresses of various length and sleeve cut – perfect for the office! (Dress) Theo + George, (Shoes) Spiceshu, (Bag) Meli Melo. PANTSUIT: While it does depend on the kind of office you work in, if possible, avoid the classic long-sleeve and full length-trouser pantsuit, and instead update it by swapping the pants for classic shorts, and the blazer for a short-sleeved belted waistcoat. (Jacket) McElhinneys, (Shorts) McElhinneys, (Bag) Ursa, (Shoes) Miista SHORTS: If presented with the option of wearing denim shorts, the upper half of your ensemble should be on the conservative side, with a tank top and a t-shirt always worn under a blazer. Try tucking in a denim shirt, and work the double denim trend! (Top) Iris (Blazer) Iris (Shoes) Celestine Eleven  
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