Record temperatures pose a whole new set of style conundrums when it comes to keeping cool in a heatwave. Add an office dress code to the mix and the morning scramble to find an appropriate outfit ensues.
The secret to nailing the office uniform during a heatwave is deceptively simple. Start with a pair of lightweight summer shoes and work your way up.
While the boundaries of workwear may be starting to blur, some office dress codes remain steadfast, despite the heat. Dress accordingly, with lightweight ballet slippers for her, and brogues in British tan for him.
Achieving cool comfort and style in the office is a true balancing act. Look to the humble ballet flat for lightweight and breathable shoes that will see you through the nine to five without breaking a sweat.
About as comfortable as your at-home slippers, soft leather ballet flats are ideal for those attached to their WFH attire.
The beauty of the ballet pump lies in their simplicity. A simple bow across the toes will suffice as far as embellishment goes.
The classic brogue deserves a chance to show off it’s hot weather credentials.
Stylish all year round, the brogue’s signature puncturing offers classic style that conjures images of Casablanca. Taking this as a style cue, opt for brogues in tan and pair with pale hues, from beige to camel to suit.
Leather construction is particularly important since leather possesses natural breathability ideal for combatting the heat.
Keep It Light
Bridging the gap between smart styling and counter-acting the sizzling heat, loafers make their mark.
Leather or suede loafers will rarely steer you wrong when it comes to smart office styling.
Pay attention to detail too, tassels and penny slot saddles will bring a considered edge to your overall appearance.
Save gum or rubber soles for the weekend. Instead opt for sturdy (yet flexible) outsoles for the office floor.
Again, loafers in tan or snuff shades invite pairings with lighter hues. Especially when it comes to styling a summer suit.
When temperatures rise, less is more.
The perfect excuse to show off that summer pedicure, a well-considered pair of slip-on sandals are a safe bet for cool dressing.
To maintain a smarter edge, choose a sandal sculpted from leather in a minimalist style that oozes simple chic.
Our Lea sandals offer just that.
Carved from smooth leather in a sweeping, toe-loop silhouette, they’re set upon a deep cushioned insole, with a two-part outsole to maintain flexibility throughout, covering the comfort bases too.
Slip on Lea with airy linen trousers or a loose-fitting dress - minus the frills - to maintain their sleek appeal.
With the sun high in the sky, many of us will be looking towards the brighter side of the colour wheel.
Heeled mules present an opportunity to adopt elevated style mixed with simple slip-on ease. Adept at working the nine to five (to nine again) routine, heeled mules carry the style power to see you through all your weekday plans, be it work or play, and into the weekend.
A paint box shade will suit the positive mindset brought on by the sunshine.
The ever-changing boundaries of smart and casual dress mean that trainers are becoming more and more acceptable in the workplace.
Game-changers when it comes to keeping your cool in the office, leather trainers present a fool proof formula to beating the heat.
Pay attention to the construction of your trainers. While it might be tempting to reach for your canvas kicks, well-designed trainers constructed in leather set the right tone for the office setting.
Added details, such as quilting and suede overlays, add well-considered edge to a footwear choice that could otherwise be considered overly casual.