This Summer Workwear Capsule Will Make You Look Polished on the Hottest Days

In the heat of high summer, it can be hard enough to pop to the corner shop in denim shorts without feeling like you’ve lost all sense of composure as your hair starts sticking to your forehead and the sweat patches set in. So dressing for work when it's 30° can be a challenge, whether that means meetings out and about, a day in the office, or even an important Zoom call.

I always want to feel like the most poised, confident and effortless version of myself in work situations so that I can concentrate fully on the tasks at hand and also—let’s be real—convey that I have my sh*t together. So it's pretty key to have a dependable capsule work wardrobe for summer that consists of elevated, professional pieces that help me stay cool as the mercury rises.


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You certainly don’t need a lot of pieces—just a few key items you can rotate and combine in different ways will see you through the warmer months. Not only will an edit like this keep you looking chic, but once you have a few reliable outfits nailed down, it will also eliminate the stress of choosing an outfit on rushed, hot-weather mornings, which is always a plus.

After a lot of research amongst my friends and fellow editors and a deep dive through many new-in sections to find the most polished, efficient pieces, I’ve pulled together a summer workwear capsule I think any wardrobe would benefit from. It's full of lightweight linens and breezy pieces, but nothing see-through. And the best part is that the items are versatile enough to be styled up in different ways for weekends and more relaxed occasions, too. Keep scrolling, then, for some handy summer workwear inspiration and to shop the pieces you love.

See My Summer Workwear Capsule Wardrobe:

1. The White Shirt

2. The Linen Skirt

5. The Relaxed Wide-Leg Trousers 

3. The Layering Tank Top

 4. The Linen Blazer

7. The Shirt Dress 

 6. The Smart Summer Shoes

8. The Tailored Shorts

9. The Essential Underwear

This story was published at an earlier time and has since been updated.

Emily Dawes
Affiliate Editor

Emily Dawes is the very definition of a fashion multi hyphenate. An editor, stylist and writer with over eleven years’ worth of experience in the industry, Emily is known for her impeccable taste, elegant outfit choices and being able to spot the next big thing in fashion from a mile off. Our readers loyally trust her advice and shopping suggestions; so much so she began her own column documenting the most expensive-looking pieces on the high street, which has become a top-performing piece of content for the Who What Wear brand.

Emily has worked for Who What Wear UK since 2020 in a myriad as roles, spanning from contributing editor and branded content editor. Now, she holds the position of affiliate editor and is responsible for the brand’s overall affiliate strategy, ideation and content execution. Working closely with Who What Wear UK’s affiliate manager, Emily has been instrumental in securing and nourishing brand partnerships, surpassing her goals as standard. Leading the team in tentpole shopping moments including Black Friday and Peak Trading, with Emily’s guidance and leadership, team Who What Wear is in a stronger affiliate position than ever before.

Prior to joining the Who What Wear team, Emily served as YOU Magazine’s acting fashion editor where she managed the fashion team and oversaw all fashion content output for the fast-paced weekly title. Emily is a stylist in her own right, having worked with a slew of VIP clients including writer and television personality, Elizabeth Day, as well as styling and art directing several celebrity cover shoots for glossy print publication, Grazia. Her adept fashion knowledge means brands regularly sought out to work with her as a consultant: previously she has developed marketing and content plans for brands for Cocoon and Edge of Ember. Before entering the industry, Emily obtained a Bachelor of Arts in English and American Studies with International Study from Nottingham University. Fun fact: Emily spent a year studying in America which saw her join a sorority during her time there.

When she’s not working or tracking down the chicest, new-in items to share with our audience, you’ll find Emily bestowing her East London home with her stylish flair, reading everything from the classics to cowboy romance novels and escaping to the country with husband, baby boy and dog, Roo, whenever she can.

Emily is currently on maternity leave.