London’s on fire this summer (to those of you based in eternally warmer climes, it’s all relative ‘kay) and it can sometimes be hard to know what to wear other than a bikini and shorts which, despite out best efforts, will never be office-appropriate. I may not need a separate ‘workwear’ section in my wardrobe anymore, but it wasn’t that long ago that I understood the need to balance out what you want to be wearing come 6’o clock with what’s acceptable at your desk.
O.K I’ve always worked in fashion, which means I could always get away with wearing shorts, sandals and even crop tops once upon a time to work. But if I were to go back into an office environment now, I think this would be kind of close to what I’d wear when it’s 40 degrees and rising on the tube. The thing is with London, it’s nearly always chilly when you leave the house in the morning, so some kind of jacket is always needed, even if by the end of the day you wonder why you bothered. Leather works about 350 days of the year but there’s always the need for something that bit lighter and more portable for when it really gets too hot to handle.
Enter the striped blazer (this particular one is by Armani Exchange). A favourite of rowers, Wimbledon umpires and prep school boys everywhere, and the ideal throw-on for the working week. Keep it monochrome to save from looking like a Henley-goer that got lost, and team with simple basics, flat sandals or pointed flats and vintage Levis or ripped skinnies at the weekends to really get your money’s worth. Oh and on another note, knot a bandana round anything and I guarantee you will love it all over again…
Ph. by Frances Davison
Sponsored by Armani Exchange