How to wear your summer basics to the office


How to wear your summer basics to the office

Like cheese is to pizza, or a good beat is to your favourite party tune, basics are the foundation of your wardrobe. While it's fun to dress up in a sequin jacket (or try a new pizza topping) from time to time, we always return to our trusty basics, like the white tees, denim jeans and striped pieces that are the building blocks of our look.

Chances are you know how to wear your favourite pieces on the weekend, so we've compiled styling advice on how to incorporate them into your working wardrobe. Here are the highest quality and most comfortable everyday basics for the office.

White tee

What is a wardrobe without a white tee? It can be taken from work to play and everywhere in between, not to mention it suits every body and every clothing item.

Shop the best white tees at: Country Road, David Jones and Bonds.

To take your white tee to work, try pairing it with statement pants or a classic midi skirt!

Pictured, left to right: Aje Emile tee from David Jones, Zara Snake Print trousers.

Denim jacket

A light denim jacket is the only outerwear you need in summer. It's perfect for the odd chilly night or to tone down a dressy look.

Shop the best denim jackets at: General Pants Co., Jeanswest and Sportsgirl.

While not traditionally a workwear piece, you can team a denim jacket with structured dresses to make it office-appropriate, depending on the industry you work in.

Pictured, left to right: Ksubi Jett jacket from General Pants Co., Cue Gingham A-Line dress.

Strappy sandals

Come summer, we rotate our trusty ankle boots out for lighter, daintier sandals because it's just too hot! We suggest adding both flat and heeled options to your collection so you're covered for all looks and occasions.

Shop the best strappy sandals at: Tony Bianco, Wittner and David Jones.

If your office allows open-toe shoes, go for it! Just pair it with something like a summer suit to ensure it's balanced and not too casual.

Pictured, left to right: Bardot Malibu blazer and shorts, Tony Bianco Capretto heels, Tony Bianco Jetta heels.

Midi skirt

We love midi skirts of all shapes and sizes, especially in summer, mainly because you can pop it on with a tee and head out the door!

Shop the best midi skirts at: sass and bide, Gorman and Sheike.

Midi skirts are great for work – just add a blazer or button-up shirt.

Pictured, left to right: C/Meo Decided skirt from David Jones, Cue Belted Peplum jacket.

Striped shirt

A striped button-up shirt is so versatile in summer. Choose an oversized version and wear it with bike shorts, leave it open over bikinis for a beach cover-up or tuck it into a pair of chic wide-leg pants.

Shop the best striped shirts at: Country Road, Witchery and Zara.

You're probably already wearing your striped shirt to work, but try modernising the look with a super oversized shirt over loose trousers. It's all about the proportions!

Pictured, left to right: sass and bide Ring Master top and Silk Spell pants.

Light-wash jeans

Slouchy, light-wash jeans can be the perfect remedy when you've had enough skirts, dresses and shorts. Plus, they're so comfy for lazy days!

Shop the best light-wash jeans at: Topshop, General Pants Co. and Glue Store.

If you have a neat pair of light-wash jeans, team them with a dressy or structured top for the office.

Pictured, left to right: Ksubi Skinny Kick'n Ultimatum jean from General Pants Co., Carla Zampatti It's A Wrap top.


According to us, sneakers are a non-negotiable all year round. We love wearing them in summer with everything from denim shorts to maxi dresses.

Shop the best sneakers at: Seed Heritage, Platypus and Windsor Smith.

It's becoming more and more acceptable to rock sneakers at the workplace. Try wearing yours with tailored pants or a loose-fitting dress finished with a belt.

Pictured, left to right: Cue Cotton Twill Sleeveless jacket and Cotton Twill Button Front skirt, Lacoste Straightset 316 sneakers from Platypus, Seed Heritage Convertible Backpack.

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