Ways to Wear: Summer dresses you can wear to the office

04.07.2017

Picture the scene: your office desk neighbour jets off to charming Italian seaside villages, leaving you at work during the height of summer.

Instead of donning Riviera off-the-shoulder dresses and tie front bikinis, you’re left to tackle the problematic sartorial question of: what to wear to work in the heat? Fortunately our fuss-free day dresses will help you keep your cool this summer, taking you from the office to after-work drinks with ease. 

1. Into dusk 

The impactful design of the Star Print Dress is not only adaptable and versatile, it also feels new when compared to the more wistful prints of summer. A modern pair of block heeled courts in pale pink will keep this dress looking effortless for the office, while metallic gold mules will enliven the print for the weekend. Rework this transitional dress in the colder months of autumn with classic black suede boots and a sheepskin gilet.  

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2. Everyday utilitarian 

If bold colours and lively prints are something you don’t gravitate towards, the contemporary detailing of the Javine Drawstring Dress will be sure to impress. The cocoon silhouette features a drawstring waist which can be adjusted to create a more streamlined look, while the utilitarian pockets add a tougher edge. Maximise the versatility of the dress with mid block sandals for work or clean minimal trainers for the weekend. We recommend finishing off with bar drop earrings and a pale pink suede jacket for a fresher spin. 

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3. Seventies throwback 

Relax into the weekend with this bold medallion print dress in burnt yellow. Cut from luxurious silk, this laid-back silhouette lends itself to summer evenings or weekend brunches, paired with flatform sandals and artful earrings for modernity. For office hours, allow the print to be the statement. Wear with open back loafers and keep jewellery subtle with a delicate wire bangle or stud earrings. A spacious tote bag such as the Hampson, crafted in supple tan leather with a contrasting suede panel, is an understated classic perfect for day-to-day wear. 

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4. Modern bohemian  

A contemporary take on the bohemian trend, the Maggie Fleur de Lis Dress is equally as pretty as it is perennial. Elegant in style, this free-spirited look is achieved by the fit and flare silhouette with its interesting panel detailing and gathered seams. For off-duty summer days, pair with woven espadrilles and solid gold earrings, while at work swap to mid block heels. For cooler evenings, throw on our signature Agnes Leather Biker with a chain crossbody bag and you’re good to go. 

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