There comes a time in every woman’s life when we’re standing in front of our curated workwear wardrobe, and we’re left feeling uninspired. The blazer’s been re-worn with the same crisp poplin blouse one too many times, and our good ol’ reliable tailored trousers have made a full orbit around all our polished tops, that we’ve run out of any possible new combinations.
To add, in all honesty, there’s only that many times we can style (and re-style) around the same fail-safe shirt-and-pencil-skirt formula before we once and for all proclaim, “That’s enough, time for something new.''
That doesn’t mean we have to frantically click “add to cart” for a whole new set of work-appropriate essentials. Instead, we suggest getting creative with the things we already own – but mostly overlook when it comes to dressing for work: Our summer-time staples.
Your lightweight pair of silk shorts can be paired with an oversized blazer for a contemporary finish. Your crochet top need not be set aside mainly for casual weekend styling; how about teaming it with a pair of leather trousers instead? And that dreamy floral dress you’ve been saving for your next dream vacay to the Bahamas can be worn it underneath a cropped jumper for a chic, feminine look.
Refresh your workplace ensembles and incorporate your summer wardrobe into the mix with our styling tips below.
1. Floral dress + Cropped jumper
Wiggy Kit Marina floral-print silk maxi dress, S$1,075 from Matches Fashion; Nagnata + Net Sustain cropped ribbed organic cotton sweater, US$179.68 (S$245.15) from Net-a-porter; Cult Gaia Kaia sandals, S$535 from Mytheresa
One of our current favourite things to do is to throw a cropped jumper on over a maxi dress. It mimics the look of wearing a sweater with a high-waisted flowy skirt, looks totally effortless, and feels comfortable to boot. So it came almost naturally to us to employ this styling trick with one of the biggest summer mainstays, a floral dress.
We’re opting for bright perky colours to put a little pep in our step; this light blue dress with vibrant red, orange and yellow floral motifs will team perfectly with a slouchy cropped hem turtleneck in a soft lilac hue. Finish the look with whimsical colourblocking sandals and you’re good to go.
Photos: Matchesfashion, Net-a-Porter and Mytheresa
2. Silk shorts + Oversized blazer
Raey pleat-detail silk-taffeta shorts, S$480 from Matches Fashion; Rokh plaid oversized blazer, US$1,708 from Farfetch; Staud Charlie snake-effect leather sandals, S$470 from Matches Fashion
Perfect for summer days due to its soft feel and breathability, silk shorts are heaven sent when it comes to dressing for scorching hot days. A tailored number such as this pair of dark blue pleat-detail shorts from Raey, would also work great for the office.
Inspired by the recent trend of foregoing the usual trousers for shorts when coordinating sharp tailored suits, we’ll be teaming our pair of shorts with an oversized plaid blazer and completing the outfit with ankle-strap heels with contemporary, sleek lines.
Photos: Matchesfashion and Farfetch