If there is one thing most workaholics look forward to when the end of the year approaches, it’s the prospect of getting some much-needed rest during the festive holidays. Unfortunately for some, this prospect (like the monotonous New Year’s resolutions that follow) is more of a pipe dream.

Forcing yourself to get out of bed and circumvent the inevitable end-of-year burn out that comes as a result of working your butt off throughout the year while everyone else is at home revelling in the “Ke December, Boss” frenzy, is a task on its own. And let’s face it, you’d much rather go to the office in your PJs and slippers than to make an effort planning your daily outfit when there probably won’t even be an audience to fully appreciate it. What’s the point, right?

As much as I can sympathise, your sense of style does not have to suffer just because you’re not quite feeling the festive cheer. Brave the typical nine-to-five in style with these five summer staples.

 The Shirt Dress

A must-have for the hot summer days, the sexy shirtdress is on trend this season. Whether you prefer a tailored look or a more oversized and relaxed fit, opt for one that will take you from the office to a last-minute cocktail party with the gals effortlessly.

The Jumpsuit

The jumpsuit screams “glam” without you having to say a word. Rock it in the latest prints, or if you feel daring, go for the trendy culotte cut and pair it with your summer heels to take you from your desk to the dance floor.

Cleated Sole Heels

Consider yourself fashion forward? Then you probably have a pair (or three) of these. There’s something about them that screams edgy, and you’re sure to turn a few heads when you pair them with your favourite skin-tight jeans and an Aztec print tank top.

Gladiator Sandals

Gladiator sandals are the perfect addition to any fashionista’s wardrobe. Put your best foot forward with a pair of luxe gladiator sandals and dress them up with a sexy bodycon dress or down in your mini floral dress or a pair of denim shorts.

High Waisted Jeans

Inject your summer wardrobe with this season’s fresh, vintage inspired denim cuts. Evoke the 70s goddess in you with a pair of high-waisted ankle grazer jeans in blue and complement the look with a “boho-chic” print blouse that will make you the centre of attention at work or play.

As grim as working during the holidays may seem, the bonus is you can get away with wearing almost anything – especially if you’re usually restricted to formal wear. And with most of your colleagues (including HR) being on leave, getting a mouthful on your outfit choices is out of the question. So go out there and SLAY girlfriend!