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.


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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Cindie Chan
Style Editor
Fashion blogger turned editor, Cindie has spent over seven years covering all things stylish in the digital world. When she’s not busy poring over the latest covetable releases or attending the most talked-about fashion events in town, you’ll find her enjoying some precious downtime with her newborn son and sweet dog Rosy.