10 RULES FOR SUMMER WORKWEAR

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1. Wear the appropriate underwear
A flesh-tone bra underneath anything white; a strapless bra under anything with spaghetti straps; a camisole or vest underneath anything sheer. Your underpinnings make a fundamental difference to how polished you look. 

2. A white shirt always works
There’s a reason this is a classic piece – everyone looks good in a white shirt, without exception. You can find a myriad of variations on the high street for summer; Cos is especially great at this.

3. Look at your feet
If you work in an office where open-toe sandals are allowed, get a pedicure. But no matter how relaxed your work environment, flip flops are never okay.

4. Monochrome is in
It’s a key spring/summer 15 trend but black and white also looks great at work. Appropriate doesn’t need to be boring, though: a white T-shirt plus a black leather skirt is the easiest summer outfit imaginable.

5. Consider the cardi
Take a tip from Victoria Beckham, who is rarely seen without a short cardi layered over her dresses. From the heat of the tube to icy air conditioning, a thin cardigan can be a very chic cover up.

6. Make friends with the midi
The new mid-length skirt – definitely not summer’s perennial maxi, dragging limply on every pavement – is surprisingly flattering and easy to wear. Tuck in your top and try it with flats.

7. Your weekend wardrobe is just that
Denim shorts, slogan T-shirts, thigh-skimming dresses, coloured bras, cheesecloth tunics, strapless maxi dresses: some things should be left for the park or pub garden.

8. The boyfriend blazer will be your best friend
Make like Michael Kors and throw a slightly oversized navy or white blazer over a summer dress to sharpen up your look. This is the kind of wardrobe staple that you’ll never regret.

9. Workwear doesn’t need to be dull
Of course, it does depend where you work. But trend-led pieces like culottes or jumpsuits can perform brilliantly in the office with flats or block heels, then be dramatically dressed up for a night out.

BY AVRIL MAIR 1 JULY 2015
Courtesy of http://www.harpersbazaar.co.uk

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