SUMMER WORKWEAR IDEAS AND OUTFITS

The festive season party is over and it’s unfortunately time to head back to the office and a cleaner lifestyle. Without a doubt, the best way to make this something to almost look forward to, is to have some great new summer workwear outfits to show-off! We share some ideas and show you how to rock some classics, as well as this summer’s best trends for chic office dressing. We have styles appropriate to both the corporate catwalk and more informal office settings, so have a look, and be inspired to start the new year with a stylish bang. Summer workwear

 

THE CLASSIC WHITE BUTTON DOWN SHIRT

Tuck a classic white shirt into this season’s statement midi-skirt and add colourful court shoes for a super stylish office outfit. Accessorise the outfit by buttoning down modestly to expose a bold necklace.

Summer workwear

From the top, left to right:

Mango Long Sleeve Shirt White. Spree, R649. BUY

Trenery Japanese Polished Cotton Shirt. Woolworths, R899. BUY   

Joy Collectables Metallic Flower Necklace Gold. Spree, R199. BUY

Pichulik Collier Noir Necklace. Superbalist, R649. BUY

Joie, Alpons Colourblock Skirt – Dark Navy. Shop Label, R5690. BUY  Find a more affordable option for only R770 by local designer Rich Mnisi at Woolworths. Rich Mnisi Striped Pleated Skirt, R770. BUY

Sindiso Khumalo Print Ruffle Wrap Skirt. Woolworths, R999. BUY

Madison Tribeca Courts Cobalt. Spree, R599. BUY      

Madison Tiffany Yellow. Madison, R799. BUY

Simply add a cool white jacket or blazer for a more formal look. You can find a gorgeous one from Mango at Spree that has been marked down to R1272 (was R1899). Click this link to view and shop Mango Front Bow Detail Blazer White. In fact, this jacket can be worn with pretty much all the outfits featured here.

 

THE MODERN SHIRT DRESS

The classic shirt dress has been modernised and reworked for the office. Pair your shirt dress with statement shoes like a cool open-toed bootie for bit of edge. Finish the look with some statement earrings like Black Betty’s take on one of the most iconic African jewellery designs, the Fulani earring. When you’re off-duty, you can dress it down with sneakers for something more casual.

summer workwear

From the top, left to right:

Black Betty The Fulani Hoop Earring – 20kt Gold Vermeil. Black Betty, R2250. BUY

Black Betty The Fulani Hoop Earring – Sterling Silver. Black Betty, R1680. BUY

Chulaap Tulip Dress White. Spree, R1799. BUY

Edit Shirt Dress Pale Blue. Spree, R399. BUY

Beryl Dingemans Gold Signature Cuff. Beryl Dingemans, R1385. BUY

Ilundi Dancing In The Rain Clutch in Inky Blue. Ilundi, R650. BUY

Thalia Strates The Kai bag in sand Nubuck. Thalia Strates, R4200. BUY

Zoom Miley Stiletto Heels Navy. Spree, R1099. BUY

Billini Baltimore Shoes Tan. Spree, R1099. BUY

 

THE BLUE AND WHITE STRIPED SHIRT TREND

Be fashion forward with one of this season’s hottest trends, the striped shirt with ruffles or an interesting sleeve detail. Pair it with long or cropped smart, high-waisted culottes in white or khaki and block heels.  Add an interesting clutch and bold earrings to complete this trendy look.

summer workwear

From the top, left to right:

Kirsten Goss Bomber Earring in 18kt gold vermeil featuring Golden Citrine, Red Garnet, Raw Ruby, Dyed Pink Jade, Dyed Sea Bamboo and Gold Hematite. Kirsten Goss, R2640. (Mich already has a pair of these gorgeous earrings.) BUY

Black Betty The Fulani Hoop Earring – Sterling Silver. Black Betty, R1680. BUY

Rails Piper Striped Top – Ocean White Stripe. Shop Label, R3950. BUY Or find a similar item at Spree for only R549. Pieces Mawanna Frill Shirt Blue and White. BUY

Style Republic Sleeve Detail Wrap Blouse Blue and White. Spree, R329. BUY

Ilundi Dancing In The Rain Clutch – Inky Blue. Ilundi, R650. BUY

Ilundi Kandinsky clutch – Cobalt. Ilundi, R650. BUY

Droomer Flare Pants Milk. Spree, R1250. BUY

Style Republic Wide Leg Culottes Khaki Green. Spree, R349. BUY

Madison Rio Frill Ankle-strap Heels Red. Spree, R599. BUY

Madison Naples Frill Ankle-strap Heels Navy. Spree, R599. BUY

 

THE BLACK CROPPED TROUSER IN CLASSIC MONOCHROME

We combine classic monochrome with the cropped trouser to achieve a cool, corporate look and add sartorial interest with great heels and accessories. Pair it with cool black shades and a statement bag for a uber chic finish. Or, mix it up and pair your cropped trousers with a fun Mevrou & Co T-shirt and white platform sneakers for a less formal look. The classic white and striped shirts featured above will also look great with these cropped trousers.

From the top, left to right:

Lentes & Marcos Mendez Alvaro Polarised Black & Silver Cat-Eye Sunglasses. Zando, R785. BUY

DAVID by David Tlale Capped Sleeve Pussy Bow Blouse White. Spree, R599. BUY

White Rabbit Days Eagles Talon Leather Neck Piece – Black. White Rabbit Days, R560. BUY

Edit Tie-Up Shirt Black and White. Spree, R299. BUY

Mango Cropped Wide Leg Trousers Black. Spree Outlet, R487 (was R649). BUY

Milaluna Black leather White Geo Handle Bag with chain strap. Milaluna, R4900. BUY

Mango Straight-cut Cropped Trousers Black. Spree Outlet, R449 (was R599). BUY

Dolce Vita Trento Heel Courts White. Zando, R399. BUY

Dolcis Madeline Heel Black. Zando, R899. BUY

 

THE BLUE BLAZER STAPLE

Add a flourish of summer to your blue blazer by pairing it with a light summer dress. From pretty florals, stripes or dots to all-navy, you can add your blue blazer to just about any stylish dress to create an office-appropriate look. Add a pretty scarf to all-navy and a pair of colourful heels, and your summer workwear look is complete.

summer workwear

From the top, left to right:

Forever New Alice BF Blazer Navy. Zando, R799. BUY

Behind blazer: L’Mad scarf – Nico Krijno Beach print. Prices range from R750 (for silk twill neckties), R1790 (square scarves), to R1990 (for long silk chiffon scarves). Available from Guillotine in Jozi. Contact them for pricing and if you’d like to see more items from this limited-edition range of digitally printed artist scarves. Email: [email protected]

Cheryl Arthur Sleeveless 1950`s Dress Multi-colour. Spree, R995. BUY

Jenja Sleeveless Shirt Dress Ink/Milk Stripe. Zando, R1299. BUY

Only Lea Pleated Dress Navy. Spree, R799. BUY

Madison Tiffany Yellow. Madison, R799. BUY

Plum Block Heel Court Shoe Red. Zando, R349 (normally R529). BUY

 

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