Getting dressed in summer is simple and uncomplicated, right? On the weekend, yes. During the week, not so much. Putting together a professional outfit as the mercury rises (and sweat becomes an issue) involves walking a wobbly tightrope between feeling comfortable, loving your look and being perceived as office appropriate. There’s a lot to think about.
 
If you’re scratching your head about what to wear to work these days, Calexico’s stylists have assembled the perfect core capsule workwear wardrobe for SS22-23. It consists of seven key pieces to play with and gifts you with unlimited professional possibilities.

1. Elevate Tank Top

 

 

We’d call this piece the unsung hero of workwear: deceptively casual but WILL work harder than anything else you own. Choose a structured tank with thicker straps in a premium fabric to pair with tailored pants or a long-line skirt. If you have one in black, white and perhaps a fun bright, you’ll have options for every day of the week.

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2. Take-On-The-World Trousers

 

Tailored trousers in summer? We’re not pulling your leg. They absolutely work and are super comfortable if you look for linen and cotton blends (steer clear of heavy wool).

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3. Sophisticated Slides

 

 

Luxe designer flats with moulded footbeds continue to be where it’s at this season. Perfect for your walk to work or 1:1 with the boss. While anything goes after hours, we suggest squishy leather or a patent finish for the workplace. No rubber, please.

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4. Good-To-Go Midi Dress

 

 

For those days when you’re running out the door, an easy breezy midi dress that doesn’t require too much ironing will be your saving grace. Worth their weight in gold. The beauty is you can throw one on five seconds before your next meeting, add nothing and still make a memorable impression.

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5. Silky Slip Skirt 

 

Here’s a 90s comeback piece no one saw coming, but everybody’s loving. Slink into the office in a bias-cut slip skirt (full length or midi) and you’ll find it miraculously ticks all the boxes. Also looks the business with a tank, blazer or summery knit.

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6. Summery Knit

 

 

No one talks about how great sleeveless knitwear is in summer – particularly when it comes to office dressing (or when that aircon is blasting). Tops like these have just the right amount of professional polish and nonchalance without being too heavy.

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7. A Waistcoat Dress

 

 

 

Summer’s answer to the classic trench, a waistcoat dress is a simple yet put-together piece that may just be the most perfect transitional item in your wardrobe. Wear it with bare arms and heels in summer. In winter, belt it over a long-sleeved knit and boots. Employee of the month here we come. Extra points for cost-per-wear efficiency.

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