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

Getting dressed for work is difficult enough as it is; throw in the fact that summer is fast-approaching, and it can 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 work outfits for summer 2019, made up of seven key pieces.

1. Linen Blazer

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@styleidealist

Style Notes: For more formal meetings, ensure you always have a blazer on hand. Linen styles will help keep you cool thanks to the open weave. 

2. Striped Shirt

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@natashandlovu

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

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@wethepeoplestyle

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

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@erica_davies

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

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@slipintostyle

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

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@symphonyofsilk

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

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@francescasaffari

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.