How to wear your summer basics to the office

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How to wear your summer basics to the office

Like cheese is to pizza, or a good beat is to your favourite party tune, basics are the foundation of your wardrobe. While it's fun to dress up in a sequin jacket (or try a new pizza topping) from time to time, we always return to our trusty basics, like the white tees, denim jeans and striped pieces that are the building blocks of our look.

Chances are you know how to wear your favourite pieces on the weekend, so we've compiled styling advice on how to incorporate them into your working wardrobe. Here are the highest quality and most comfortable everyday basics for the office.

White tee

What is a wardrobe without a white tee? It can be taken from work to play and everywhere in between, not to mention it suits every body and every clothing item.

Shop the best white tees at: Country Road, Max, and Cotton On.

To take your white tee to work, try pairing it with statement pants or a classic midi skirt!

Pictured, left to right: white tee from Max; Carolyn soft printed pant from Decjuba.

Denim jacket

A light denim jacket is the only outerwear you need in summer. It's perfect for the odd chilly night or to tone down a dressy look.

Shop the best denim jackets at: Dotti, Jeanswest and Portmans.

While not traditionally a workwear piece, you can team a denim jacket with structured dresses to make it office-appropriate, depending on the industry you work in.

Pictured, left to right: Denim Jacket from Dotti; Work Dress from Portmans.

Strappy sandals

Come summer, we rotate our trusty ankle boots out for lighter, daintier sandals because it's just too hot! We suggest adding both flat and heeled options to your collection so you're covered for all looks and occasions.

Shop the best strappy sandals at: Novo shoes, Merchant 1948 (Overland), and Hannahs.

If your office allows open-toe shoes, go for it! Just pair it with something like a summer suit to ensure it's balanced and not too casual.

Pictured, left to right: Blazer, top and pants from Max; natural sandals from Merchant 1948, Black sandals from Novo shoes.

Midi skirt

We love midi skirts of all shapes and sizes, especially in summer, mainly because you can pop it on with a tee and head out the door!

Shop the best midi skirts at: Decjuba, Portmans, and Max.

Midi skirts are great for work – just add a blazer or button-up shirt.

Pictured, left to right: Skirt from Decjuba, Shirt from Portmans.

Striped shirt

A striped button-up shirt is so versatile in summer. Choose an oversized version and wear it with bike shorts, leave it open over bikinis for a beach cover-up or tuck it into a pair of chic wide-leg pants.

Shop the best striped shirts at: Country Road, Glassons, and Jacqui e.

You're probably already wearing your striped shirt to work, but try modernising the look with a super oversized shirt over loose trousers. It's all about the proportions!

Pictured, left to right: All from City Chic.

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