Dressing for Summer in the City

Posted in Daily Outfits, Fashion.

I’d like to start this post with a bit of a disclaimer – I am not the best person to ask about workwear. When I started my first job as a copywriter back in 2007, I worked in a small digital agency where it was acceptable to wear pyjamas at your desk. No, seriously. Since then, I’ve worked at various advertising agencies where a dress code is the last thing on anyone’s mind, and now I work for myself. And let me tell you, myself quite likes jeans, too-short dresses and glittery nail varnish.

So, I don’t really ‘do’ workwear. But I do work in the city, and I have lots of client meetings, which means sometimes I need a more polished look. The last few days have been surprisingly warm, and I’ve found myself lost that age-old fashion conundrum – what’s a girl to wear for summer in the city?

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Dress, By Malene Birger c/o Zalando | Leather jacket, Michael Kors via TK Maxx | Necklace, Primark | Flats, Ara c/o Sarenza | Watch, Michael Kors | Sunglasses, Jigsaw

This heavy jersey stripe dress is my go-to when I want something simple and elegant but still cool and summery. It’s By Malene Birger and was sent to me by Zalando –  I love the slightly A-Line cut and deep front pockets. I’d never paid much attention to the By… range before but it’s packed with classically-cut pieces in bright colours and cute prints. It’s a little more expensive than your regular high street – although this dress was £65, which I think is good value – but great for workwear and beautiful basics. I want it all!

When the weather’s warm I much prefer flashing my legs than my arms, so although the dress is quite short I’ve covered up with my favourite leather jacket. I didn’t actually have a client meeting when wearing this, but if I did I think I’d switch the jacket for a blazer for a slightly smarter look. Flats are more polished and pulled together than sandals, and a nice big statement necklace just finishes things off. Maybe not an outfit suitable for everyone’s summer in the city, but definitely one for mine!

What do you wear to work when it’s warm outside? How do you maintain a professional look while still keeping cool?



Love the necklace. I like simple dresses for work when the weather gets hotter. And a cardi as it may be hot inside but the aircon is freezing in my office. x


I hate dressing for work, I don’t work in a creative industry and in general there’s not of exciting outfits floating around. I like a jersey ‘workwear’ dress in a bright colour with flats and an optional cardigan, structured clothing is the worst in horrid office heat. Definitely need to incorporate some more statement necklaces, will brighten things up 🙂 Great post! xoxo


I really really like this outfit in you! And the other comments are right, the necklace pulls it all together in the right way.


I work in local government, so it’s always important for me to dress appropriately. In summer I like pencil skirts with flats or some nice wedges (just not too high. Super high heels in an office are actually hell). I also like chiffon tops or blouses, or a similar fabric, with a singlet underneath. Keeps you cool, but covered. Cropped pants and capri shorts also work well with flats…
Love this look as well! The necklace and lips really make it pop!

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I love how versatile you are with your style, this dress looks really cute on your, love it 🙂 I need to read all the tips in response to this post because I’m going on a business trip to Hungary next week, it’s going to be hot but I need to look smart, I’m not good at smart 🙁

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I love the pop of colour with the necklace. I have been wearing a lot of full skirts and dresses for summer with sleeveless blouses, but I BOIL in the sun.

Maria xxx


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