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Take a more flexible approach to workwear with relaxed tailoring, easy dresses and elevated basics that are comfortable enough for working from home but smart enough to wear for the return to the office

Elevated basics

Timeless staples are the smart workwear investment for now. Take the power-brokering season-two wardrobe of Succession’s Shiv Roy as your inspiration and you won’t go far wrong. Think cashmere roll necks, silk blouses, sharp suiting, Katherine Hepburn-esque high-waisted wide-legged trousers and elegant coats in wear-forever shades of cream, camel, grey and black. Keep accessories simple – a delicate gold pendant necklace is just right.

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Cream collared blouse with pocket
Looks great with vintage denim, too
Camel cashmere polo-neck jumper
Try it tucked into wide trousers
High-waisted tailored trousers
Choose from three leg lengths
Bronze satin blouson-sleeve blouse
Statement sleeves are big for autumn

Relaxed tailoring

Whether you’re still working from home or you’re back in the office already, we’re all prioritising comfort. Plus, for those back in the office, it’s likely that dress codes are more relaxed. Our new jersey blazer and bestselling ruched-sleeve blazer couldn’t be more comfortable and brilliantly bridge the gap between smart and casual. Wear over a crew-neck T-shirt and team with your trusty boyfriend jeans, joggers or drawstring trousers to give loungewear staples a workwear promotion.

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Black jersey single-breasted blazer
Added stretch for all-day comfort
White cotton straight-fit T-shirt
We’ve found your perfect white tee
Black blazer with gathered sleeves
Ruched sleeves add to the relaxed look
Blue boyfriend ankle-grazer jeans
Give jeans an office upgrade with a blazer

Shirt dresses

Take the stress out of weekday mornings with a throw-on-and-go midi-length shirt dress like this geometric-print design that nods to the Seventies – a big trend this autumn. Collars and button-through front make shirt dresses a winner for work video calls, while a midi length is weekend-appropriate, too, giving great cost-per-wear potential. Add knee-high boots for a polished look that’s perfect for the return to the office.

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Printed long-sleeve button-down dress
Cinch at the waist with the matching belt
Floral-print belted button-down dress
Florals for autumn?
We’re in
Khaki belted shirt dress
Made from sustainable Tencel Lyocell
Black leather knee-high boots
Contrast a fluid dress with glossy boots
Coming soon

Loafers rebooted

Step aside, smart sneakers. It’s time to say hello to loafers, the flat footwear option of choice as seen on catwalks globally for autumn/winter 2020. They’re a great option for the office as they walk the tricky line between comfort and style and are a practical option if you’ve started cycling to work post-lockdown. Loafers look great with smart trousers, almost every style of jeans and, as Giambattista Valli proved, they totally work with dresses too.

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Black leather penny loafers
Classic penny loafers have style longevity
Black loafers with gold detail
Go for gold with a
bar detail
Black patent flatform loafers
Add height with patent flatforms
Black chain-detailed loafers
Chains are a key detail for autumn

Statement jackets

Slipping on a statement blazer is an easy way to add interest to monochrome ensembles and an instant antidote to outfit fatigue: great if you’ve been rotating the same loungewear pieces since March. Surprisingly versatile, you can wear one with jeans at the weekend or in more casual offices. Look for interesting patterns, textures, colours and prints and keep the rest of your outfit simple.

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Leopard-print casual blazer
Add animal magic to minimalist outfits
Black belted jacket with pockets
A sophisticated spin on the utility jacket
Checked single-breasted blazer
Trad checks instantly elevate a look
Blue single-breasted cord blazer
Crafted from cotton-rich cord woven in Britain

Chic tops for video calls

With video meetings here to stay, so too is the dressed-up-top-half approach to workwear when working from home. Polka dots, stripes and animal print are perennial patterns to plump for, while sprigs of flowers on a dark background are back again for autumn/winter 2020. Look for details, such as pussy bows, pie-crust collars and statement sleeves, that add interest without the need for accessorising.

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White polka-dot blouse
A spot-on look for video calls
Coming soon
Navy floral-print blouse
Offset a pretty top with masculine trousers
Merino wool striped jumper
Stripes are always in style
Leopard-print cashmere jumper
Cashmere gets fierce

Words: Miranda Eason