The way we dress for the office has changed, so think outside the box with fresh ways to switch up your 9 to 5 look, from new silhouettes to clever layering hacks. If you’ve got to work, might as well do it in style…

Elevated basics

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

Relaxed tailoring

Whether you’re still working from home or 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 or drawstring pants to give loungewear staples a workwear promotion.

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 1970s – a big trend this season. The collar and button-through front make shirt dresses a winner for video calls, while a midi length makes them 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.

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 this season. 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 pants, almost every style of jeans and, as Giambattista Valli proved, they totally work with dresses too.

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.


Video-ready tops and blouses

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

SHOOT CREDITS : Miranda Eason



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