What to wear to work this summer © LK Bennett

What to wear to work this summer

If you're bored of the same old suits, spruce up your workwear with culottes, tunics and an injection of colour

by 30 April 2015

Your mid-week wardrobe needn't call for the mundane and monotonous and there is no need to ditch your style once the working week kicks off. Think of your workwear as simply a more formal aesthetic to your every day wardrobe, so keep that eclectic approach, edgy attitude or fabulously feminine feel. Here is LUXOS' pick of four fabulous ways to work whatever your style and whatever your environment...

Minimalist monochrome

For the chic and sophisticated dresser, monochrome and minimalism is a match made in heaven and the ideal work wear pairing. Minimalist denotes the sleek, slick and sophisticated and you can't go wrong with the simplicity of monochrome in the workplace. Monochrome never goes out of style and this summer is everywhere. Team a long tunic or vest over skinny tailored trousers and finish with a pair of mannish brogues to give your minimalist style an androgynous cool twist.

Monochrome

Clockwise from left: Tunic: Fendi, bag: Prada, cuff: Marni, trousers: The Row, shoes: Jil Sander. 

Modern retro

If you like to experiment with your style a little and are honing an eclectic and somewhat bohemian vibe to your wardrobe, then bring a modern retro feel to your workwear. Structured full midi skirts and wide legged culottes make a stylish alternative to classic skirts and trousers. Simply wear with plain or patterned blouses and shirts and a pair of chunky heels for some extra height in the leg department. Shades such as navy, orange, green and brown will inject a retro feel.

Modern-Retro

Clockwise from left: Skirt: Delpozo, bag: Gucci, earings: Lele Sadoughi, shoes: Diane von Furstenburg.

Louche elegance

Office wear needn't be stiff and formal on every occasion, so if you are lucky enough to work in a laidback environment, let your style take note. Wide legged pants are the epitome of easy chic and wear with an upbeat sweater or quirky top for a cool and nonchalant finish. A blazer will keep your look formal when needed, but go for relaxed tailoring and add in characterful accessories for that personalised edge. Flats or flatforms work well under loose pants, offering equal measures of comfort and cool.

Louche-Elegance

Clockwise from bottom left: wedges: Pedro Garcia, blazer: The Row, trousers: Marni, bracelts: Isabel Marant, jumper: 3.1 Phillip Lim

Effortless chic

The simplest way to chic office dressing is a shift, wrap or shirtdress. And if you want to make a bold statement, go for a single bright colour. A classic tailored red dress should be in every woman's workwear wardrobe as it oozes a confident, ladylike elegance and you won't need to think about what to wear with it. A pair of mid-heel black or neutral pumps and a sleek tote is ample. If you do want to accessorise, go for gold and neutrals for an equally chic finish.

Efortless-chic

Clockwise from left: dress: Michael Kors, belt: Balenciaga, bag: Victoria Beckham, shoes: Gianvito Rossi.