A realistic summer wardrobe

I'll be the first to admit, there are a couple of differences between me and Gywneth Paltrow. Off the top of my head, I haven’t consciously uncoupled from Chris Martin. I don’t have an obsession with dry brushing and I will never ever ever flog you a yoni egg, you can quote me on that. I also recognise that most people don’t spend $27,000 on a seasonal white cotton work wardrobe, that’ll become crinkled as heck after two minutes on the cross city commute, as she suggests in this Goop article. So here's our refreshingly anti-Goop roundup to see you through work til September.

Easy breezy summer staples

If mugginess is your main enemy this summer then I hear ya, sister. How to nail that office aesthetic but keep your cool? The answer: think fabric and fit, my friend. Breathable and moisture wicking are your buzzwords and wrinkle resistant is always a bonus.

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This boxy number from Cos is breezy and made of Lyocell, an eco-friendly, lightweight fibre. Whistles’ pale pink shirt is linen and loose-fitting for a casj office situation. Back to Lyocell for a quick min – pair these wide leg Arket trews with smart flats for a fresh work look. If skirts are your thing, midis are having a moment and this polka dot one from & Other Stories is super fun, if your dress code is on the informal side.


For the commute

Comfort over style creds always wins when travelling for this editor, even if it's just a couple of miles into the city. Whether you’re commuting on two wheels, on foot or with the rest of the Great B'ham public on train or bus, make some simple swaps so you arrive at your desk as serene as a teahouse in Kyoto.

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Save your shoulders if you carry your laptop with you by spreading the weight and using a backpack, like this Sancho one made from recycled plastic bottles. Skirt and dress lovers - capitalise on the current popularity of cycling shorts (and save yourself a potential wardrobe malfunction en route to work) by wearing these Gymshark shorts underneath. If you’ve mastered taking only the absolute essentials with you to work every day, firstly teach me your ways, then use this tiny Weekday crossbody bag and enjoy the use of both arms again. If on foot is more your thing, nice trainers will look good with dresses or trousers. Ditch the tatty old commuting pair for some Vejas.


That big meeting

Not all workplaces are created equal and if your day job requires more conservative attire, it doesn’t mean you gotta be bland. Inject some subtle colour to classic cuts. Or not so subtle, depending on how far you reckon you can push it.

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If you absolutely gotsta wear a suit, make it a pale blue, linen one. Little bonus, both the jacket and trousers of this Jigsaw look are on sale. AllSaints probably isn’t the first brand you’d think of for hot pink anything, but this fuchsia cross body bag is where function meets fun. Heels are another easy way to add a pop of colour and these mustardy M&S stiletto courts are no exception, but still office-friendly. For the extra bold, go full body bright blue with this roomy A line Arket dress.