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Statement dresses, smart tailoring, on-trend accessories. There’s nothing like a work wardrobe refresh to help you get back in business after the festive break

How to get your zing back

Heading back to the office after the holidays is never easy. Try these quick and easy wardrobe updates and you’ll soon find renewed gusto for the working week.

Stand out from the crowd
Lift your mood on dull January days with a flash of colour or a pop of print. A bright overcoat is a simple upgrade that will elevate a classic navy suit. We’re championing this dusky pink coat () for spring: a pretty take on power dressing.

Read the fine print
Feel fabulously confident in a power-print dress and statement accessories – think wow-factor courts and sleek stationery. Finish the look with a timeless trench.


Nine-to-five and beyond

Winning workwear equals pieces you can mix and match with other wardrobe classics. We’re talking about looks that work brilliantly by day, which you can easily dress up for evenings events, too.

Jump into January
The jumpsuit is an instant workwear hero. Opt for a monochrome style with sports-luxe piping for a modern spin on formal (). A fresh alternative to the classic shift dress, just add pointed flats and a chic blazer for the final flourish.

Make time to play (with colour)
Black tailoring might be timeless but sometimes we all need a boost of colour. Consider these zesty green trousers the style alternative to your daily caffeine hit. Best worn with charcoal or black cashmere, team with a belted trench and heels for a look that really means business.


The finest tools of the trade

Let’s talk about accessories. The easiest way to change up your look, whether you’re working in the city, teaching the youth of today or presenting the news at 10.

Tote-ally chic
Finding the right bag to polish off your look is a must. A boxy streamlined tote is your fast track to professional sophistication, like this vibrant one ().

Your commute might involve trainers, but slip into a pair of high heels at your desk and, immediately, you feel like a boss. This season, go for bold in a pair of red courts (), the ultimate power clash with a printed dress. Think sharp and determined.


Photographer: Chris Craymer / Stylist: Louise Carmel Hall / Make-up artist: Karina Constantine / Hair stylist: Ben Cooke
Model: Helena Sopar at Select, Jack W at MOT / Womenswear editor: Charlene Barton

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