5 summer trends we can’t wait to wear to the office

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5 summer trends we can’t wait to wear to the office

Few things have changed the face of fashion like the year 2020. Suddenly, we were reimagining workwear for the home office, with comfort and video call-friendly details like interesting necklines taking centre stage. For 2021, dressing to feel your best while doing business is still important. For proof, look no further - every must-have trend for this season's workwear revolves around luxurious textures and hardworking fits.

Ready to prep your nine-to-five wardrobe for the season ahead? Say hello to these fresh summer office staples.

Workhorse tops

From billowy sleeves to broderie anglaise, blouses and button-ups are getting a major makeover for summer. With a nod to 2021’s comfy-meets-cute sensibility, this trend combines the effortlessness of a classic shirt with eye-catching details, resulting in elevated pieces you’ll wear again and again. For best results, go for plain colours over busy prints and choose a refreshing hue like mint green, lolly pink, soft caramel, crisp white or baby blue. To shop, head into MYER, Country Road or Witchery.


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Woven mules

The humble mule, long beloved for its wear-anywhere versatility, is back with a twist. The latest version features intricate woven designs in neutral tones that can be worn from desk to date. (Bonus: They’re unbelievably breathable.) Not a fan? Along with mules, you’ll find laid-back woven details on women's closed-toe slides, men's loafers and even sneakers from Betts or Novo. Play up the artisanal-inspired vibe with a floaty silhouette, or pair with sharp trousers for a sophisticated take.


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All white

The easiest way to put together a chic summer office outfit? Choose all-white separates. For her, opt for breezy cuts crafted from luxurious linen, silk or cotton. Think: high-waisted Bermuda shorts, oversized shirting, and effortless maxi dresses. If in doubt, add a crisp blazer to dial up the workwear factor. Head to Witchery or Target for a smorgasbord of options. For him, neat chinos, knitted short-sleeved polos and tailored jackets all work a treat. Check out MYER.


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Suits and sets

A timeless trend, co-ordinating ensembles are a great investment because you can wear the pieces together or as separates. This season, we’re moving away from the pyjama-inspired styles popular throughout last winter and towards snappy blazers paired back with matching trousers, longer shorts or slim skirts. For maximum wear, opt for failsafe neutrals. Keen to stand out? A few brands are doing smart sets in fun prints and sorbet tones. Head to Witchery or Country Road for the pick of the bunch.


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Textured totes

If we’ve learnt anything in the last year, it’s that it pays to be prepared! We're loving versatile (and roomy!) carry-alls. Perfectly designed to hold everything from a laptop to your gym gear or beach towel, the season’s newest styles come in styles blending workplace-appropriate leather with lightweight linen, open-weave macrame and even paper straw. The oversized proportions lend polish to the most basic of office outfits with zero extra effort. Options abound at MIMCO.


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