During the summer it can be a tricky task to choose a work outfit that ensures you remain cool and comfortable, whilst projecting an image of professionalism and femininity in the workplace.

This summer you can survive the heat (when it finally arrives!) and still look smart and chic for the office by investing in a few staple pieces. Blouses are big news. They are light, feminine and can be teamed with tailored shorts, linen trousers or pencil skirts. An ideal wardrobe update, Bastyan has some gorgeous options to choose from, including a Limited Edition Collaborare shirt with a bat-wing silhouette and beautiful luxe style, which will look great in the office worn with a pair of lightweight, slim and stylish taupe jeans or trousers.

Ditch the blazer and go for a short-sleeved, cropped jacket for a cool cover-up which is bang on trend this season. A mustard yellow jacket is super stylish and will instantly transform a basic, monotone office outfit into something more sassy and chic that’ll take you through to dinner and drinks.

Ice cream colours are hot off the catwalk and are making their way into corporate fashion in accessories, such as skinny waisted belts, and bright patent heels from the likes of LK Bennett. Both are great ways to work the trend whilst still looking the part when accessorising pencil skirts and smart office trousers.

Two-piece shorts suits will be the way to keep cool in the office this summer, with Jaeger offering sharp nautical-inspired tailoring in navy and cut-out shapes in the hemline. Just be sure to keep your shorts knee length as anything too short will look like you're beach rather than office-ready.

My top piece of advice for summer workwear dressing is to use the trends sparingly; whilst ice cream colours and nautical inspired pieces are gorgeous and fun to wear, ensure you’re not losing that conservative edge by over-doing a good thing. You’re not on holiday yet!

Nicky Hambleton-Jones, The Make-Over Queen & Founder of NHJ Style www.nhjstyle.com