So I’m back at work this week. I’m still doing three days a week with a combination of both office based days and some days working from home.
As the primary carer (AKA chauffer) I’m also about to embark on a year filled with school and daycare drop offs and pick ups. I thought things were hectic last year on the work-life juggle front when I had both boys at the one place, but this year the logistics get complicated.
Each day will likely involve getting in and out of the car 12 times and I’ll probably go from air con to 33 degrees about six times a day. I am also often the chief bag carrier, artwork holder and when a really bad case of whingingitis hits, I have been known to offer a piggyback or two!
Such activity is going to require an extra level of efficiency and organisation. My work outfits need to fit well, feel good and allow for a fair bit of physical movement. I have learnt that comfort is KEY. In summer that means wearing fabrics that breath and don’t cling too much. Tight pencil skirts are not my friend. Neither are tight fitting dresses nor skirts that keep shifting around the waist! I hate that.
My favourite clothes to wear to work in summer are:
- Dresses: A little tailored or a little loose, plain or printed. I love an easy dress that can be dressed up with heels and thrown into the wash without having to worry about the result. I am also the most fond of dresses that don’t require ironing. More time in the evenings to
- Plain cotton skirts: I like a length just above the knee with a slightly A-line shape. Black, navy or khaki works with most tops.
- Sleeveless or short sleeved shirts: While I don’t enjoy ironing, I will make an exception for a well fitting short sleeved blouse. So crisp and cool and looks great with the above mentioned skirt or a pair of pants. Throw a blazer or cardi over the top when the weather starts to cool.
- Black or navy pants: Some days I get the urge to wear pants instead of a dress or skirt. It might be a cooler or rainy day or I haven’t shaved my legs. A good pair of black or navy pants will always be handy. I don’t recommend buying these online unless you’ve tried them on beforehand. These need to fit well. I tried many pairs before I found my dream black pants in Marcs last year.
- A low block heel or pair of low wedges – If you follow me on Instagram you will have seen my white and tan Wittner wedges 287 times. And I’ve only owned them for 14 months. I pretty much wear them to work every day in summer. Occasionally I will wear my black heeled sandals but mostly I wear these wedges. They are the comfiest shoes ever. Full stop.
Here are some of my summer work outfits featuring a few of the above items I managed to pick up in the post Christmas sales:
Wearing pants by Philosophy Australia*, top from Katies, blazer from Atmos&Here and shoes from Wittner.
If you’re looking for more info on selecting clothes for work, check out my other recent posts:
What are your work essentials in summer? Any tricks for an efficient school drop off process?
*Items gifted to me for my editorial consideration.