The Complete Capsule: 7 Summer Items You Need for Work Right Now

Getting dressed for work is difficult enough as it is; throw in the fact that next week is set to be the hottest of the year so far, and needless to say, it's going to be even trickier to look professionally polished whilst combating the rising temperatures. Let's face it: Wool suiting just won't do, nor will constricting pencil skirts and the like. You need pieces that won't cause you to overheat but won't look out of place at client kickoff meetings either. That's where we come in.

Having spent years honing our summer workwear style, we reckon we've created the ultimate capsule for looking chic in the heat. From the office-appropriate shoes that will keep your feet cool to the versatile dress grown-up influencers always wear, keep scrolling to see and shop the best warm-weather work outfits for summer 2019, made up of seven key pieces.

1. Short Suit
Work Outfits Summer 2019: Erika wears a chic short suit



Style Notes: Blazers are in integral part of any workwear wardrobe, but never before have we seen the short suit become to prevalent. Ensure your hemline grazes your knee and co-ord will serve you well for even the most formal of meetings. 

2. Striped Shirt
Work Outfits Summer 2019: Natasha in a cotton striped shirt



Style Notes: Nothing has the power to smarten up an outfit quite like a striped shirt. Wear it with a pair of classic jeans for dress-down Fridays, or tuck it into a pair of wide-leg trousers. 

3. Tan Handbag
Work Outfits Summer 2019: Jessie carries a tan handbag



Style Notes: Chances are your typical work handbag is black. Are we right? The quickest way to freshen up your existing workwear wardrobe is to switch in a tan. Plus, it'll be more in keeping with your lighter summer colour palette. 

4. Shirt Dress
Work Outfits Summer 2019: Erica in a shirt dress



Style Notes: The perfect workwear hybrid, a shirt dress will always look the professional part, particularly when it features a below-the-knee hemline. Unbutton the collar on warmer days to ensure you don't get too hot. 

5. Wide-Leg Trousers
Work Outfits Summer 2019: Ellie in a pair of wide-leg trousers



Style Notes: Tight-fitting trousers on sunny days are a no-go. Instead, try a wide-leg style in cotton or a slinky fabric for a chic but practical ensemble. 

6. Slingback Heels
Work Outfits Summer 2019: Lorna wears a pair of slingback heels



Style Notes: Open-toe sandals aren't appropriate for every work environment, but you don't want your feet to swelter in shoes either. Have the best of both worlds with a slingback heel. Your ties will remain covered, while the open back will be a saviour on hot days. 

7. Button-Side Skirt
Work Outfits Summer 2019: Francesca wears a button-side midi skirt



Style Notes: Midi skirts with buttons to the side are all over the high-street right now. Incredibly versatile, they look great paired with a crisp white shirt and blazer, while the clever vent to the side will help to keep you cool. 

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