Red and Black | Summer Work Look

red and black summer work look

Red and black aren’t very ‘summery’ shades are they?
But, they are the perfect colours for a smart work look.

The professionalism and ‘pulled together’ feel of black.
The powerful and confident vibe of red.
Add a neutral (and emotionally impartial) colour like grey, and you look like you mean business!

BUT,
How can these colours work during the warmer months?

red and black summer work look

An easy way to make darker shades more summer-appropriate is to add a touch of light.
White, cream (or other pale colours) work really well to brighten and lighten the look.
Bare skin (or bare ‘looking’ skin) has the same effect, regardless of  skin tone.

The ‘light’ in this outfit comes from a stripe within the pattern of the skirt, but it would be easy to add a white/light necklace, earrings or brooch.

Fabrics are also an important factor to consider.
Lightweight, sheer and draping fabrics give off that summery vibe.
As do smoother finishes.

red and black summer work look

This red top (for me) is the perfect balance between an easygoing t-shirt and a smarter ‘work’ top.
It’s comfortable, but just smart enough to look work appropriate.

These sandals are one of my favourite pairs, and can add a bit of quirkiness to a more somber look.
Of course, open toes might not be appropriate for your work environment but, there are plenty of covered toe options out there to fall in love with!

This work outfit was topped off with a beautiful vintage magnifier, that belonged to my Husband’s great-grandmother.

It is well over 100 years old!

I must say that it’s an honour to be able to wear it.
It feels like something very special, and it goes with (almost) every outfit I put on!

After popping on this necklace I felt that simple stud earrings were all I needed to finish my look.

Do you wear black for work during the summer?

How do you style it to keep it fresh-feeling and summer appropriate?

I would love to hear about your favourite summer work wear colour combinations.

Please share them in the comments.

SHOES: All Saints…similar (open toes).… and similar with covered toes.… and on sale!
TOP: Topshop
SKIRT: F&F… this one looks great!
BAG: Dune… this one is a beauty.
NECKLACE: Vintage…. this one is vintage-style and looks sweet.

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