Just because it is June, it doesn't mean that we are all on holiday and able to float about in kaftans. Although, looking at the bodies in the park, I do wonder. Yes, many of us are still going to be working throughout most of the summer. Stylish, successful career women want some cool subtlety in their work wardrobes and this needs a little organising for the few warm months ahead – it’s too easy to continue with the outfits that have worked for the rest of the year. When I am thinking about workwear, I am not presuming that it is all about "the city"; my doctor always looks incredibly smart and wears heels. She says it cheers her patients up, I'm always rather stunned. A tax specialist I know favours a palette of really trendy bright colours. Classic tailoring can seem just a necessary-but-dull career investment. Let's take London as an example: the air-con is fierce, though not as cold as New York. Then the outside temperature varies – hot and muggy with occasional showers seems the usual weather forecast – a fashion minefield. To gently segue into summer is the best solution.
1. Co-ords is the latest catch phrase, this is about matching kit. How pretty are the Winser cotton dresses with their matching cardi-jackets? Textured cotton in plains and stripes from £75; these are young and chic and won't break the bank for the superwoman of the future.
2. The super smart Lightweight Silk Stripe Shirt in three colourways is well proportioned to wear outside a slim pant smart/casual. The silk shirts are £165, ivory with a midnight, camel or chambray stripe.
3. There are now the Cotton Poplin dresses with shapes for every figure.
4. Change the dark tailoring to pearl:
The Lauren Dress £250,
The Lauren Tailored Blazer £295 and
The Wide Leg Flat Front Trouser £195 and not to forget the new Crepe Jersey Jacket £150, which is a shorter version of the successful longer length Crepe Jersey A-Line Coat £250.
All would be great pieces to fulfil the office needs. So there we have it, some fresh, easy-to-wear items with a bit of youthful newness.
By Vanessa de Lisle - www.thefashioncupboard.com