Happy Friday! It’s been an absolute scorcher in London this week, which is fabulous in many ways but makes it tricky when it comes to dressing for the office. I have to factor in the sticky commute to and from work, an air conditioned office, meetings, amongst many other things!
This post is the start of a workwear style series: “what to wear to…”, where I’ll be offering tips and inspiration on what to wear for different work situations. I wanted to share with you today my tips on how to dress for a formal client meeting in warmer Summer temperatures.
On a regular day in the office with no meetings in the calendar, workwear can be much more laid back and the rules can be bent to some degree, but when it comes to meeting clients and representing the company, it's important to look professional and make a good impression, yet still showing your individual style at the same time!
Here are a few of my tips:
1. Arms or legs.
When it comes to a formal meeting, you don’t want to show too much skin, so if you’re wearing a skirt above the knee, cover up your arms, and vice versa. If you’re wearing a midi skirt, then you can get away with a sleeveless top, but never a vest top! This rule actually applies to the workplace as a whole, but especially at a client meeting.
2. Comfortable shoes.
I’m very rarely in flats as I always feel they dress down an outfit, especially when worn with tights, but during the Summer months I practically live in them. They also make running around the City to my next meeting a lot easier! My snake print flats are a wardrobe staple. If I have time before a meeting, I normally slip on a pair of pointy heels, but if I run out of time then I can always rely on these to look professional as well as stylish.
3. Stock up on camis.
Camis are a life saver under blouses. I have a bazillion camis from Zara in my wardrobe in every colour possible, to simply pop under those blouses in a lighter fabric that are a little see through. At the weekend it’s a different story and I like to wear a black bra underneath as a statement, but for work, a cami underneath is essential.
4. Dress comfortably.
The worst thing you can do is wear something you’re not entirely comfortable in, or something that always needs adjusting when you move a certain way. You don't need any distractions!
5. Wear your confidence.
Audrey Hepburn once said, "to pull off any outfit, wear with confidence." This is so true! Confidence speaks volumes and can truly transform an entire outfit.
6. Keep hair and make up fuss-free.
My go-to hair style for a meeting is soft curls tucked behind my ears. Make up wise, I keep it toned down with a soft lip colour. Statement lips are a no go for me because I would be constantly worrying about having a lipstick on my teeth moment, and how awkward would that be?!