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The way we dress for work is changing. Take a more flexible approach to formality with our pick of the best trend-led looks and styling tricks to help you stand out from the crowd

Rethink the suit

If your work dress code calls for smart attire, you’ll be thrilled to hear sharp tailoring takes centre stage for autumn/winter 2019. Forget about the bog-standard suit: it's time to experiment with new silhouettes – including an ultra-modern wide-leg crop – and contemporary styling. Cinch the jacket with a slimline belt to balance out proportions for a new take on classic workwear.

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Add a pop of colour

Think a work bag has to be a sober affair? Think again. Bright colours make a welcome addition to any office environment and will prompt a flurry of compliments in the lift. Whether it’s a colour-pop bag, a pair of vibrant shoes or bold and beautiful earrings, embrace the power of accessories to take your look from grey to glowing.

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Get the high/low mix

A trench coat for autumn? Not totally revolutionary, but reworked in on-trend checks and shower-proof Stormwear fabric, it’s a wise investment for the months ahead. Make the heritage look feel fresh for 2019 by layering it over a classic denim jacket. Mixing smart trousers with a casual jacket like this is a great example of high/low dressing, every stylist’s favourite route to looking totally up to date. Not only will you look cool on the commute, you’ll be ready to take your outfit directly to the school gate once it’s time to clock out. Add a chic pair of heels and you could even head out for dinner – that’s the beauty of our ultra-versatile Mia trousers.

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Switch your courts for trainers

The trainer revolution is well and truly here – and after years of black pumps and nude courts, we couldn’t be happier. Smart sneakers are now a popular choice for weekday wear. Cool kicks also complement the relaxed straight-leg fit of our Freya trousers, which come in six colours including pink and scarlet. Team with a skinny-rib polo or let a crisp shirt do the talking.

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Make it your tee round

Minimalists rejoice – the humble T-shirt is the latest casual piece to have received a style promotion. Swap out your classic blouse for a practical, fuss-free tee to add instant cool points. Our advice is to invest in a couple of pure-cotton styles to live in this season. Take the great-value style pictured, for example: with its modern fit and potential for easy layering, we reckon it will be your most-worn item this autumn. Dress down with trainers for day, and up with boots for important meetings.

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Words: Dulcie Emerson