The Shirt Dress | Summer Workwear
Now that warm weather is finally here in Vancouver I’m excited to show you my favorite outfits to wear to work in the summer. I’m not sure if I’m the only one, but I used to buy a lot of clothes in the summer just because I was more likely to wander into shops when the weather is nice. Sure, I have some great silk shirts and skirts from my past summer purchases but I also have a disproportionate number of casual tshirts and tank tops in my closet. Since summer is only about two months long (here at least) it’s important to buy staple pieces that will carry you into the fall. It’s too easy to buy countless numbers of “cute” tank tops that you can’t wear to work and to spend money on shorts, bathing suits, sandals, or wedding-reception dresses when the ones you bought last year (or even several years ago) are perfectly fine. Next time your eyes are drawn to a super hip casual item at Aritzia/J.Crew/you-name-it, ask yourself, “Just how many casual events do I attend on a monthly basis?” Then ask, “Where do I spend most of my time?” I spend most of my time at work, professional events, and church. Buy clothes that suit your lifestyle! I want to show you some dresses, skirts, and tops that will keep you looking cool and professional in the summer and that you can remix into your wardrobe for the rest of the year while you suffer from SAD. I look forward to sharing those looks with you and would love to know what you wear to the office in the summer!
The first summer office look I want to show you is a navy silk shirt dress from Club Monaco. Shirt dresses are very classic and navy is a year-round color. Silk is breathable and is my all-time favorite material (cashmere is second). This dress buttons all the way up to the neck for a conservative and office-appropriate look. You can use the silk sash that comes with the dress or cinch your waist with a leather belt. Since the dress is sleeveless, you can easily pair it with a blazer or cardigan.
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