While everyone else is rocking such fabulous maxis and brightly coloured outfits, here I present to you another ensemble from the classic neutral division. Mind you, I do actually love tonnes of colours especially during the summer however, with the corporate culture at the office; I unfortunately just can’t display such flamboyance (though I would certainly like to try) all the time. I’m already the odd one out with frequent comments like oh look at those high heel shoes or WOW, what an outfit.
BLACK AND WHITE DRESS FOR SUMMER
The WOW of course is very much debatable as to the positive or negative connotation of the statement. Either way, it seems I already stand out despite my obvious efforts to exercise restraint in getting dressed up for the office. Though I love my shift dresses, classic button up shirts and pencil skirts, I do yearn for the more adventurous and bold outfit combination as I do honestly think I can be a bit on the safe and boring side sometimes.
A good compromise of course is a dress like this from Terra Nostra: classic black and white but a bit out of the ordinary with the texture, the print and the layer of lace.
I have to admit that it’s a bit of a bummer that I can’t wear sexy shorts or maxi dresses in the office but I think it bums me even more when I see someone who does come and wear such outfits to work. I know, I know, I’m a bit of a stickler when it comes to propriety I suppose. So, if you work in a place with a more conservative take on dress code, take heed of these 5 TIPS ON THE DOs AND DON’Ts OF HOW TO DRESS UP FOR THE OFFICE IN THE SUMMER:
- Do choose outfits with great structure: think figure flattering but not tight and revealing
- Do opt for bright colours and subtle prints: limit your colour combination to two or three max
- Don’t reveal too much skin: a hint of arms and legs is okay but definitely not deep cleavage or super mini skirt
- Do prepare for contingencies: bring a blazer or summer cardigan in case you need to go to a meeting or you get cold
- Don’t forget accessories: apply the concept of pops of colour whether it’s with your purse, shoes or jewellery
How about you, does your office have a conservative dress code? How do you dress up during the summer?