5 office-ready summer dresses to help you beat the heat

As the temperature and humidity continue to rise, the idea of getting into that button-up shirt, tailored blazer and trousers is more unthinkable than ever. So how can we continue to look chic and polished at the office when it’s absolutely sweltering outside? Opt for a summer dress, of course! It’s light, refreshing, and something that you can continue to wear over the weekends with a simple switch of shoes and accessories. All you have to remember is to be aware of the length of the dress, and also to avoid anything strapless, one-shouldered or too flimsy. To help you get started, we’ve rounded up a few options to keep you cool all through the workday.

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Cut from linen and featuring a relaxed fit, notched lapels and blue stripes, this Rosie Assoulin piece updates the traditional shirt dress in a chic wrap silhouette for effortless summer elegance.

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Made from 100% silk, Love Binetti‘s Obsession floral dress features a trumpet silhouette with a crew neckline, short ruffle sleeves and a high-low ruffle hem. It also comes with a self belt to help define your waistline.

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Made from jersey and crepe and printed with wild flowers, this dress by Balenciaga comes with an unexpected play on silhouettes. It consists of a t-shirt top and folded-down skirt which can either be worn the traditional way or draped over a pair of jeans depending on the occasion.

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This Zhenya midi dress by Alexis is made from 100% cotton and features a light blue gingham print, a collared neckline, and an A-line silhouette with self-tie waist.

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Crafted from fluid silk crepe de chine, this shirt dress by Diane von Furstenberg features a beautiful emerald hue that will flatter just about anybody. It also comes with a long self-tie belt, which can be wrapped once or twice around your waist.

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