From Tailoring to Easy Dresses: I'm Wearing This Chic Work Capsule All Summer

Don't get me wrong: I love summer. The heatwaves, al fresco dining, and warm nights are all I dream about the rest of the year. But there's one thing that dulls my excitement just a touch, and that's dressing for the office. We've all been there, staring into our wardrobes with a fan directed at us hoping that a chic outfit that won't be too warm will magically formulate before our eyes. Unfortunately, it never does—at least, until now. Luckily for us, NET-A-PORTER has stepped in with a refined edit of pieces that will be the backbone of your work wardrobe, take the stress out of summer workwear, and even work hard on your off-duty days.

Summer workwear capsule wardrobe


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In true NET-A-PORTER style, this edit is a concise group of elevated and considered pieces that will be timeless investments for your wardrobe. We turn to NET-A-PORTER for the newest styles from our favourite designers and cool breakthrough names that are worth knowing about. For summer 2023, the retailer has pulled together yet another chic edit full to the brim of warm-weather looks that are office appropriate. Gone are the days of restricting power suits that hug in all the wrong places and feature heavy and uncomfortable materials. NET-A-PORTER's new edit celebrates the very best of the new skew of office attire with oversized silhouettes, light airy fabrics and exquisitely cut tailoring, all of which allow our personal style to shine through. You'll find a selection of throw-on dresses that require little styling, which means you just might have time to grab one more coffee before you hit the streets.

The summer months are all about clever styling, especially in the British hemisphere. There are light layers you can throw off when striding through the sunny streets on your lunch break and put back on when the office air-conditioning gets intense. Of course, no look is complete without accessories, and a great bag is a must-have for laptops, water bottles and a snack or two. As always, NET-A-PORTER has thought of this with elevated accessories dotted throughout the selection to ensure you're ready from head to toe.

Summer workwear capsule wardrobe


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If you're looking to elevate your work wardrobe for the warmer months and need some simple outfit formulas to rely on, keep scrolling.


If you need an extra layer, simply add a long-sleeved top or tee underneath. 

Pair with the matching waistcoat, or style with a simple tee for a more relaxed work look. 

A new interpretation of Bottega's iconic intrecciato is this sleek baguette style silhouette destined to add a chic finish to any look. Plus, it comes in four sleek shades. 

This sunny hue feels very fitting for summer. 

I often rely on shirtdresses for a chic look that requires little effort. 

A great pair of loafers will be worn all year round. 

Nothing says summer like a sleeveless vest. 

For elevation without the pain of high heels, opt for a kitten heel. 

You can wear this straight from the office to al fresco dinners. 

You'll reach for this timeless striped shirt every season.

These long shirts are the perfect balance of summer attire and appropriate workwear. 

Forget tight clothes in summer. This shift dress will be comfortable in even the hottest heatwaves. 

Love jeans for work? Khaite's denim comes highly rated. 

It may be warm now but we're looking for pieces that work all year round. A chic trench will be a forever part of your work wardrobe. 

This XL size is big enough for all your commuting essentials.