Check out the best in summer office wear!With Funky Female’s guide to the latest trend in clothes for the office

Finding it hard to find clothes for the office? Want fashionable office wear without breaking the bank? We’ve put together some staples for any office wardrobe this summer, so you can enjoy the best of cheap chic!

We know how frustrating buying work clothes are – clothes for the office just aren’t an exciting purchase compared to buying your new wardrobe for your beach holiday so you don’t really want to spend much. Not only that, but with the hot weather (hopefully!) imminent, most of us will now be thinking about summer office wear and how to ensure you keep your cool.

Here at Funky Female we’ve put together some great ideas on clothes for the office this summer, including those essentials to ensure you look smart, stay cool and save the pennies too.

Summer office wear staples

We’ve put together a selection of staples for any office wardrobe this season so you can ensure you have not only fashionable office wear but clothing that will keep you cool in the heat.  

Dorothy Perkins White Linen TrousersLinen trousers

Linen trousers are a light and airy, yet smart alternative to cotton or lycra mix trousers, making them a must for your summer office wear. If you complexion will suit it, try white linen trousers for an ultimate summery look and make the most of this season’s navy themes throughout the catwalks and high street. For a more sophisticated look go for black linen trousers and team with smart black wedges or wooden heels.

Dorothy Perkins Tea DressTea dresses

Tea dresses and floral prints are two big staples for SS08 and this trend should definitely be incorporated for your clothes for the office this summer.

The tea dress offers an ultra feminine, summery look which is still smart enough for any office. The dress can be teamed with smart sandals or wooden heels for the best in fashionable office wear as well as accessorised with chunky beads and bangles.

Tees, tops and shirts

Dorothy Perkins Ruffle TopShort or no sleeves are important for any women’s office clothing this summer – ensuring you stay cool and with plenty of choice on the high street, it needn’t mean you don’t look smart or show too much flesh!

Ruffles and frills are key themes for SS08 fashion and are a perfect way to smarten any clothes for the office. There are many short sleeved or vests available on the high street with cute ruffles on and in an array of colours too, making them perfect for summer office wear. Also watch out for ruffled short sleeved shirts with additional ribbons to flatter the waist – these are ultra chic and cooling for any office. Key colours include brights and yellows as well as gorgeous floral patterns too.

This season’s navy theme also provides some interesting clothes for the office too, with lots of great blue and white striped tops and tees – perfect for teaming with white linen trousers for the ultimate sailor look!

Dorothy Perkins Pink Ruffle CardiganCardigans

No office clothing wardrobe this summer would be complete without a couple of cardigans – just in case the air-con is blasted or, more likely, the rain brings in some cooler air. There are plenty of crop cardigans available on the high street this summer, with many continuing the trend of ruffled sleeves. They also don’t have to black! The trend for brights continues, with any stores offer bright yellow and pink cardigans as alternatives for clothes for the office this summer. There are also some softer, more pastel colours for those of us who aren’t so adventurous!


Dorothy Perkins Purple HandbagAccessories can help smarten any office wear this summer as well as making it look ultra chic too.  This season’s trend for brights can easily be adopted through accessories and add a splash of colour to your office wear this summer too. For those of you not quite ready for bright blue, yellow or green, the other key trend of safari this season, will provide a great alternative with more earthy tones. Complete your office clothing look with some chunky necklaces and wooden bangles – or even some new sexy earrings.

Don’t forget your feet – bright shoes offer a splash of colour to your summer office clothing look or you can simply go for classic wedges or wooden heels – both ensuring fashion office wear this summer.

Cheap office clothing

With most of us wanting to spend our cash on our holiday wardrobes, how can you ensure cheap chic in the office this summer? Here’s Funky Female’s guide to getting cheap office clothing

Look out for offers

Many stores have great offers on some of their staple products such as shirts and tees, which are perfect for clothing for the office – for example, 3 for 2 or 2 for 1. Most of the lines have will have different or even styles that allow you mix and match, so make sure you take advantage of these offers so you can enjoy cheap office clothing this summer.

Look out for sales

It’s no secret that the credit crunch is hitting many retailers hard, meaning that sales are being brought forward or some retailers are being forced to close down – so there’s plenty of opportunity to get your hands on summer office wear that’s often heavily discounted!

Try outlet or discount stores

One of the best places for get cheap office clothing is from outlet or discount stores such as TK Max or Next discount stores. Most of them offer great quality (and in some cases designer) office clothing at low and discounted prices – well worth the rummaging often required at such stores as you can often find some great bargains.

Choose high street shops, not designer ones

Perhaps the easiest way to ensure you buy cheap office clothing is by purchasing it on the high street rather than from boutiques or designer shops. Many of the top high street fashion stores offer a great selection of women’s office clothing at affordable prices – for example, Dorothy Perkins or New Look, both have great ideas for fashionable office clothing this summer. Also to make it even easier to shop for work, many of these stores now have websites so you can order online in  your lunch hour!


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