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The new rules of workwear

Heading back to the office? Hit refresh on your work wardrobe with outfit ideas for every kind of dress code


The casual office

Heading back to a creative or more relaxed office? Invest in mix-and-match separates that are smarter than loungewear, but just as comfortable – look out for relaxed fits, stretch fabrics and elasticated waists. Team a long-sleeve blue polo shirt or lightweight knitted jumper with beige stretch chinos for a comfy but pulled together look. For a creative spin on the suit, trade in the blazer for an eternally cool Harrington jacket and add trainers.

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The more formal office

If your workplace specifies a strict formal dress code, a button-down shirt, sharp suit, tie and polished pair of Oxford shoes is your can’t-fail outfit formula. However, even before lockdowns, dress codes in many offices were becoming more relaxed and a new approach to work clothes was emerging. From macs chucked over suits to lightweight knits under blazers to button-down shirts worn without ties, the new formal business attire is more relaxed than ever.

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Words: Miranda Eason