Dressing with authority in the summer

Trying to stay cool while being professional isn’t an easy feat. Helen Venables offers tips on how to dress with authority at work in the summer months.

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More is less

The more skin you display, the less authority you carry so short sleeve tops may be cooler, but give you less authority. Consider having a summer jacket you keep at work, possibly linen, to slip on over the short sleeves when you need that extra shot of authority.

Keep it hidden

Make sure bra straps are hidden and avoid spaghetti straps, halter tops and shorter hems, which all display more skin. Instead, opt for a neutral or bright coloured shift dress from your season palette with beautiful accessories, or try a smart, patterned A-line skirt in some of your wow colours and choose a well-fitting top that could pick out one of the colours in your skirt.  Make sure you get your skirt length right as different styles suit different people.

Keep it neat

Make sure your make-up and hair are en-pointe. Wearing one of your best lipsticks for your natural colouring will give you instant authority and apply a light sweep of the right colour blusher gives your face a natural rosy glow to complete the professional look.

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Opt for linen

Linen is the summer fabric; it’s breathable, light and comfortable and particularly suits anyone with Natural in their style. Buying a well-fitted, long-sleeve linen shirt means you can cover up as if you are wearing a jacket but you’re still able to stay cool in the office.

Keep them light

If you need to wear tights, wear 7 denier as they’re breathable but still look professional. If you wear open-toed shoes or backless mules make sure to have a closed toe shoe on standby for when you need to up the authority stakes.

For further tip on summer fashion, visit House of Colour

Last modified: June 10, 2021

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