When we think of summer, what first comes to mind is the beach, sunshine, and of course, dresses! Hopefully this season you’ll be able to find shade with a fabulous sun hat, but if that doesn’t help you beat the heat try on a breezy dress that’s both warm weather and office approved.
The Cold Shoulder
For those days when you find your calendar filled with back-to-back meetings, a dress with cut out shoulders and flowing sleeves will provide you with ultimate comfort. This floral number works for all body types and can be paired with a pair of sandals or white sneakers — depending on how casual your office is.
The Shirt Dress
The shirt dress is definitely the office-approved dress of the season, thanks to its short sleeves and slimming silhouette that’s perfect for all body types. A cinched waist will help you show off your figure, which is an added bonus for women with an hourglass shape. Whichever colour, print or fabric you may choose, we recommend wearing a strappy sandal. This is one summer dress that will have you wanting to wear it on multiple occasions.
The Fit and Flare
A fit-and-flare dress is a fun summer option that enhances slimmer figures by enhancing the waist. We love the collar and t-shirt sleeves on this Self-Portrait number. But if you still feel like you need an additional layer, a slightly boxy, cropped blazer works best.
The Printed Dress
A playful printed dress is a great way to stand out against the sea of black and grey pantsuits worn by your colleagues. This gorgeous Tory Burch is great because you won’t need to wear a cardigan with it, and can be worn dressed up with heels or down with a pair of sneakers or flats for more casual days.
The Sheath Dress
A fitted sheath dress is the perfect dress for creating the illusion of curves, while still looking professional. We recommend choosing a sheath dress in a summer-approved print like floral or stripes, which can be played down by wearing a blazer or a cardigan over top, not to mention this will help keep you warm if the AC is cranked too high on a warm day.
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1. Zara Stripes and Flowers Dress, $49.90, available at Zara
2. Shirt Dress with A Chunky Tie, $115, available at Cos Stores
3. Self-Portrait Floral Vine Cape Minidress, $768.24, available at Nordstrom
4. Tory Burch Port Shirtdress, $350, available at Tory Burch
5. Ted Baker Thia Floral Print Sheath Dress, $278.61, available at Nordstrom
By: Carly Brascoupé, Toronto, @carlyyr0se
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