Summer work wear: What to wear to the office in a heatwave
Tips and hacks to stay cool in the office during a heatwave
Yet, it's tougher still to be stuck indoors while the heatwave rages, and the temptation to reach for our holiday wardrobe is oft too strong to overcome.
We've rounded up four ways to keep comfortable, cool and professionally à la mode.
As temperatures rise, it's all-important to choose light, breathable fabrics – especially if you work in an office-cum-sweat-lodge without the luxury of air-conditioning.
Linen, silk and cotton are top of the list when it comes to staying cool.
Kalita cotton skirt, £365. Buy it here
Theory Stretch-cotton poplin shirt dress, £193. Buy it here
Mango Linen-blend striped jumpsuit, £49.99. Buy it here
Some clothing crosses boundaries depending on your line of work: chic city sundresses and the inconspicuous urban kaftan are on the rise, and can be worn in the office without as much as a raised eyebrow. Jazz up your holiday-heroes with eye-catching jewellery if ever in doubt.
Denim cut off shorts should be avoided in favour of their older, more sophisticated sibling – the tailored short (which look especially great when paired with a white shirt).
& Other Stories belted kaftan dress, £89. Buy it here
Aspinal of London Cuff, £95. Buy it here
Alighieri Earrings, £420. Buy them here
Helmut Lang oversized shirt, £180. Buy it here
Reiss Ottlolie chino shorts, £85. Buy it here
Soft, long skirts and feminine maxi-dresses scream heatwave-chic. They're exactly the right proportion of roomy, boho and elegant, and you could do worse than making this your summer office uniform.
Uterque skirt, £89. Buy it here
Ganni silk dress, £440. Buy it here
Arket dress, £99. Buy it here
H&M dress, £20. Buy it here
Free feet from the shackles of overheating with a wedge espadrille, a minimalist flat sandal, or the ever-cool Converse trainer.
Castaner Espadrilles, £80. Buy them here
Ancient Greek Sandals, £110. Buy them here
Topshop Slingbacks, £65. Buy them here
COS Leather Sandals, £135. Buy them here
Converse Trainers, £50. Buy it here
& Other Stories Mules, £62. Buy them here