It is that time of year again – autumn and as the temperatures drop it is time to transition the workwear wardrobe into the new season. Workwear can feel dull and uninspiring; therefore, it is important to have a range of clothes that can be easily mixed and matched to create a variety of outfits. This way wearing the same things over and over again feel less repetitive.
The dress code of most offices these days are relaxing and in creative environments such as a design company, art gallery, or a clothing boutique, it is possible to dress more casually than expected. At the same time, appear put together, and professional is important. If seeking some new ideas on what to add to the workwear wardrobe this season, here are a few ideas.
Blazers are an essential item of clothing for any work wardrobe. They instantly smarten up any outfit and can be worn with a pair of tailored trousers or a dress. They are really easy to dress up with a pair of heels and a blouse. Choose a great quality fabric and a well-fitted style in a neutral color such as black, navy or grey that can be worn with most items in a workwear wardrobe. This season oversized is the desired look and while patterns such as houndstooth and checks are trending they remain classics which will always be in style for autumn/winter.
A skirt is the perfect way to add shape and reflect a feminine personal style even in the office. The key is choosing an office-appropriate length, that would be knee length at least. Classic skirts worn with a crisp white shirt or a cashmere knit jumper is a comfortable and professional look for the work place. Again, opting for basic colors and minimal patterns means it will work hard in the wardrobe throughout the autumn/winter months.
- Trench coat
Trench coats with belted details are seeing a surge in popularity for autumn and there is not better coat suited to the office or any kind of workplace. It is warm but lightweight, meaning for those travelling by public transport or walking it wont result in over heating before arriving to the office. Trench coats are a classic and stylish option for outwear and will complete any professional outfit perfectly. They are also perfect styled over jeans and a jumper for those who don’t have to adhere to a strict corporate dress code.
Many offices have a smart casual dress code and such footwear should include leather shoes in brown, navy or tan. For those on their feet all day or taking a bus or train to work it is not possible to wear heels. The loafer therefore is the perfect option. Blending smart leather and comfort to ensure a sophisticated look. Loafers are a classic footwear option and make a great accompaniment to any outfit.
Grey trousers are another workwear staple; they’re easy to pair with blouses, shirts, t-shirts and blazers, and can go with pretty much anything. Choose a well-tailored wool pair for the cooler months. Many offices now permit jeans which are s a great alternative to formal trousers and will look great with a collared shirt and blazer. An important factor in making denim jeans workwear appropriate is choosing a dark wash as opposed to lighter washes, ensuring a great fit by selecting a high waist and straight leg or slightly flared style.
- Black handbag
It may seem a little boring but a high-quality black leather handbag will make a great investment for any wardrobe but especially for work. When choosing a bag consider the needs, for example, is carrying a laptop required as this will dictate the size. Choose a bag with several compartments so never left rooting for keys, lipstick, or a pen at the bottom of the bag. A handbag completes an outfit and is often one of the first things people will notice on arrival at the office or at a business meeting therefore make a positive first impression with a great handbag.