Which are the best stores for summer workwear? Everyone has their own list, it seems, but today’s comes from the online shopping experts at SHEfinds, a blog I’ve been reading since before I started Corporette. Welcome! – Kat.
Whether you live in the city or the country, drive to work or commute, every woman knows the perils of dressing for work during summer. It’s hot when you’re outside, cold in the car or on the train, hot on your walk to the office, and then cool again in your office. How the heck are you supposed to dress for this?
One word: layers. Yes, it may seem like a bother to carry something extra when it’s 80+ degrees out, but not only will a good blazer, cardigan, or jacket keep you warm in A.C., but it will also pull together a professional outfit like nobody’s business.
So as we embark on sweltering summer months, we rounded up seven stores every woman should hit up for workwear to survive the season. Whether you’re looking for business attire or something more casual, these spots won’t fail you. (Pictured: Notch Neck Shift, $67-$134 at Boden, marked down from $168.)
- MANGO. This probably isn’t one of your usual go-tos, but it should be. Not only are MANGO’s clothes well-made, but they’re also pretty affordable. We love their tailored trousers and slightly edgy jackets and blazers, but they also make lots of pretty flats that are a comfy alternative if sandals are a no-no in your office.
- H&M. No, H&M doesn’t just make club clothes. They have a whole office wear section that will blow your mind. Be sure to check out the business casual dresses and skirts, which will look great with lightweight sweaters during summer.
- Zara. Don’t miss out on Zara’s amazing new collection of lightweight (and light colored!) spring/summer trousers. If your office dress code is a little more lenient, we also recommend investing in one of their gorgeous printed short sets.
- Boden. The Brits do many things well, and classic, conservative yet fashionable dressing is definitely one of them. Boden is one of our favorite places to score timeless dresses that aren’t too short, but they also have loads of classic cardis that will work season to season.
- Kohl’s. Don’t sleep on Kohl’s! We love the Dana Buchman collection for work shirts and classic blazers and there’s pretty much always a sale and/or coupon code.
- J. Crew. This should go without saying. Obviously, J. Crew’s suiting collection is great, but their dresses are also a modest length and unbeatable quality.
- ASOS. If you’ve got time, dig through ASOS’ massive selection. There’s a lot that’s not work-appropriate, but there are also loads of blazers and trousers that will mean you aren’t wearing the same thing as every other woman in the office.
For more shopping advice, visit SHEfinds.com.
Readers, what is YOUR list of the best shops for summer workwear? How has the list changed for you over the years?