One of the trickiest parts about dressing for the office is finding comfortable — yet appropriate — options to wear in the middle of summer. When the 30 degree (and counting!) weather hits in August, the last thing you want to be wearing is a pair of long pants and black blazer. So how do you still look professional, without feeling as though your outfit is completely unfit for the rising temperatures?
The solution? The shirt dress. A shirt dress is designed to appear loose and flowy, so you will not have to deal with any excess fabric oppressively tugging at your skin in the heat. Many of the shirt dresses below also have a collar, which gives them an extra professional feel. Pair these dresses with a belt, jewellery and killer shoes, and you will be the best dressed in the office — and primed to beat the heat. What more could you ask for?
Cooperative Charmane Chambray Dress
Get it at Urban Outfitters for $84 CAD
In addition to buttons down the front, this drapey silhouette also features side pockets and a flattering tie at the back.
Calvin Klein For UO Khaki Sleeveless Shirt Dress
Get it at Urban Outfitters for $54 CAD
This Calvin Klein-designed dress is the perfect piece to wear straight from the office to dinner and drinks in the city. The combination of its fitted shape and front pockets give it an extra edge from your typical shirt dress.
Get it at H&M for $29.99 CAD
Don’t be swayed by its long sleeves. This shirt dress has an extremely light, loose fabric, making it a prime option for hot summer days. This is a particularly useful option if your workplace veers on the conservative side, and requires long sleeves.
Monki Double Layer Shirt Dress
Get it at ASOS for $49.86 CAD
This olive-green dress gives the illusion of a two-piece ensemble, but is really a double layer dress with a crop top overlay. With the right jewellery, shoes, and makeup, this dress can be easily dressed up or down, depending on your office environment.
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