With summer here it’s time to get your workwear sorted for the warmer months.

The key to dressing for work in the summer is to keep it simple. Tone down your makeup and hair routine and keep outfits basic. You don’t want to get to the end of a work day looking like a damp, wrinkled and frazzled mess.

What you need in summer are looks that can take you easily from the boardroom to the rooftop bar after hours – so think simple linen dresses, bright statement tops and great shoes and accessories.

Here are some tips for keeping cool at work this season.

· Incorporating colour is an easy way to update your wardrobe for summer. Jewel tones matched with grey suiting looks great and graphic navy stripes can be livened up with acid bright accessories. If you’re really keen why not invest in a brightly colour blazer or jacket which will provide an instant lift to any ensemble.

· Never underestimate the power of a crisp white shirt. It might be basic, but when teamed with the right accessories, a white shirt can help you create a chic and simple look. And simple is what summer is all about, get rid of all the fuss and get down to the basics.

· You can wear shorts to work. This season’s shorts end at a modest length just above the knee. When teamed with an oversized boyfriend blazer, they create a perfect dressy but casual look that is perfect for a casual Friday.

· Neutral colours are big news for summer. Dressing in neutral tones makes for a relaxed, low maintenance and incredibly chic summer look. If bright colours aren’t really the go in your office, then you can play around with shades of peach, fawn, lemon and nude.

· A big, roomy tan-coloured tote is perfect for summer. When you’re traipsing around across town from one meeting to another you don’t want to work up a sweat juggling a laptop, notebook and BlackBerry – you just want to throw it all into a sturdy but stylish bag and then move on.

· One of the best things about summer is getting back into your peep-toe shoes. There are a myriad of styles and colours available at the moment, but a simple leather peep-toe in black or tan will easily see you through the summer. Choose a chunkier heel so you can survive throughout the day.