Work outfits you’ll want to wear even on your day off

 

Along with the start of a new school year, comes the desire to update your working wardrobe. Whether you're looking for chic layers to help you navigate the tricky world of office air con, want to throw some new-season trends into your 9-5 ensembles or are looking for something a little more unusual, there are plenty of solutions to ease you into the new season. Make smart picks like contemporary tailoring, luxe layers and killer accessories your closet allies to keep those 7am crises at bay every day of the week. So good, in fact, you probably won't want to save them for the office... 

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TIMELESS TAILORING


Over the past few seasons, the blazer has transitioned from a boardroom basic to closet essential whether you’re on or off duty. Opting for a neutral palette is a fail-safe route to looking pulled together, particularly with an assortment of styles and textures – look to light tweeds and simple cuts to strike a sleek, androgynous note. Pair a blazer with blue denim or a wide leg suit trouser with a simple tee to strike a perfect balance of cool and corporate.



 

 

 

THE DO-IT-ALL DRESS

 

Never underestimate the power of a wear-with-everything dress – it’s a piece that can go from off-duty to high-octane with a simple accessory switch-up. Pair yours with chunky knits and high boots to keep stay warm en route to the office and team-up a leather jacket and barely-there sandals for work days that stretch into long nights – you’ll look like you spent the whole day putting yourself together rather than slogging away at the office.

 

 

 

THE FAILSAFE COAT


It’s all well and good having a great outfit lined up for work the night before, but the prospect of a chilly commute could mean a last-minute floordrobe meltdown. Enter, the perfect coat. Autumn has a whole host of glorious outerwear to stockpile - think oversized macs and soft shearlings, sumptuous woolen coats and duvet-esque puffer jackets - all modern classics you’ll want to add to your list of essential styles. For work, opt for a style oversized enough to fit over extra layers of tailoring.

 

 
 

 

SLEEK SLACKS

 

Really, another ‘90s revival? Yes, they may conjure up iconic images of Christina Aguilera and the queen of combat trousers, Jennifer Aniston, but this pocketed piece has had a grown-up makeover and is a welcome alternative to well-worn suit trousers. Put a different spin on your office look and pair a tapered style in flowing fabric, with a simple fine-knit jumper or slinky, oversized shirt in tonal, earthy colours to keep them looking professional and polished. Finish with of-the-moment lace-up boots or kitten heel mules.

 

 

 

ACCESSORIZE ALL AREAS


Nothing makes an outfit look the business more than killer accessories. This season’s kitten heels and elevated brogues were heaven-sent to keep us looking and feeling polished while still being able to stride around the office in comfort. Bag-wise, it’s a personal affair - while some need a Mary Poppins style tote big enough for a laptop and most of their other worldly possessions, others prefer to travel light with nifty cross-body bags and chic, top-handle styles. Luckily, this season you are all duly catered for with styles that are not only practical but will work with (and improve) every look in your existing closet.

 

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