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How to make your on-duty wardrobe work harder in 2016? Start with our new-season edit of office-appropriate pieces. Forget stuffy suits: this is how to look the business


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Wear the trousers

There’s nothing new about wearing trousers to work: wide leg, cropped, tailored, culottes – we’ve tried and tested them all. This year, it isn’t so much about shape as punchy prints and colour. Stepping out of your comfort zone – or style zone – is a sure-fire route to success.

Above: For colour magpies, keep it sophisticated in pastel shades – we love this pretty pink tailored pair.

Right: If your signature look revolves around a monochrome palette, make graphic patterns your go-to.


Beat the air-con in style

If you’ve ever been forced to wear your coat in the office due to an over-zealous air-conditioning system, take note. Layering (and the colour pink) is a key trend this season, which offers up a stylish way to beat the chill.

Whether it’s a sleek sleeveless jacket or a luxe kimono-style coat, designers have blurred the lines between boardroom and weekend brunch to create contemporary pieces that fit the modern woman’s busy lifestyle. When styling for work, simply judge your look by the office dress code: if it’s smart, finish with tailoring and heels.


Smarten up your denim

The ultimate weekend staple, denim’s functionality is changing – so much so that it’s finally deemed office-appropriate almost everywhere. If wearing your favourite boyfriend jeans to work still feels a step too far in the slouch stakes, check out our denim-inspired pieces that are as chic as they are comfortable.

A matching two-piece suit will modernise your look while staying on the right side of your boss. For those who prefer dresses, layer a flattering shift (coming soon) over a pretty blouse for a feminine finish.


Photographer: Sean McMenomy / Hair: Keiichiro Hirano
Make-up: Valeria Ferreira / Models: Louise at VIVA

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