Experiment with different colours and prints to fit your personal styleSilvia Markek

If you asked me what my favourite season was, I’d shout fall for the fashion alone. Layering scarves, cardigans and sweaters doesn’t just offer countless outfit options with only a few pieces, it also prepares you perfectly for all temperatures.

How do you combine looking smart and put-together with staying cool?

Unfortunately, dressing well in a heatwave is a challenge on a whole other level. From rompers and maxi dresses to co-ord crop top sets, summer fashion can definitely be fun – but it’s often not that appropriate for most summer internships. And let’s not even get started on the sweaty hell that is the post-work commute on public transport. So how do you combine looking smart and put-together with staying cool?

Working in blazing heat

Depending on how strict your office dress code is, a set of tailored shorts with a light, oversized blazer can be a great alternative for staying cool while looking chic. If you’re working in a more relaxed environment, you can dress it down with a basic black or white tee. If you’re looking for something slightly more sophisticated, opt for a white blouse and some heels.

My personal go-to is a pair of airy, colourful culottes with a light blouseSilvia Marek

Keep cool(otte)

My personal go-to is a pair of airy, colourful culottes with a light blouse, but you can experiment with different colours and prints to fit your personal style.


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Choosing something structured can also smarten up your look: wide strap tops are a good option if your office doesn’t have a fan or air-conditioning and you want to avoid sweat patches!

Find a midi-way point

Instead of anything overly tight (which will make the heat even more unbearable), a nice midi dress is one of the best ways of making ‘office-chic’ work.

If you’re worried it won’t be appropriate or might be a bit too casual, you can add an oversized blazer in a light material.

My top tips are:

  • Avoid anything too tight
  • Choose light fabrics such as linen, cotton or rayon, as these will allow for maximum breathability
  • Add accessories to balance out more casual items of clothing

If your dress code doesn’t offer that much leeway, you can always tweak your look in order to stay cool: try tying up your hair, or making sure to wear breathable shoes like simple flats or heeled mules. And if nothing else helps, bring your own personal misting fan or spray water bottle. Call it fashion!

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