Blog

FASHION NOTES: REFRESH YOUR BACK TO WORK WARDROBE

10.01.16

With the Christmas and New Year Bank Holidays behind us and a fresh new month at work ahead, now’s the perfect time to analyse and refresh your professional repertoire. So many of us are now veering away from traditionally corporate suiting and exploring more fashion-forward alternatives, so dressing for work is becoming ever more fun than it used to be. We’ve put together our favourite looks from the new collection to inspire a stylish January.

THE CORPORATE CAREER WOMAN

If your 9-5 is a formal, corporate affair, then it’s highly likely that your workwear repertoire consists of tailoring in every shade of grey. Try switching it up for the new year, working the deep grape hue of the Camila into your line-up to prove that suiting doesn’t have to be dull. Sharply cut and arguably as versatile as the classic neutral shades, these are workwear staples imbued with modernity. Wear the coordinating separates with a silk blouse or a fine knit and add heels and a statement bag (be it an oversized tote or a sleek backpack) for a look that’s far from normcore.

THE CREATIVE INDUSTRY INSIDER

Some might consider those who work in the creative industry to be somewhat more blessed when it comes to building a work wardrobe as the general consensus is more relaxed than that of a corporate environment. Lines blur between office and off duty attire and the amount of creative licence in the workplace can often translate to what you wear. All-black separates give you freedom to go all-out in other ways, and a statement jacket like the suede Willow will pack a stylish punch. Its butter-soft suede composition and retro silhouette will counteract biker denim in a way that’s smart yet fashion-forward.

THE OFFICE-BASED FASHION LOVER

Striking the balance between keeping things office-appropriate and enviably stylish needn’t be a chore, and with spring on the way, perhaps now is time to foray into a softer colour palette than the classic go-to – all black. The new collection’s Midnight Forest print is perfect for now thanks to its dark, mystical hues but translates well to spring when styled with pale-hued separates. Try experimenting with texture; a ruffle-detail blouse like the Pippin is a modern take on a classic and will outsmart those back-to-work blues, doubling up as a feminine dinner look when day translates to night.

THE SELF-EMPLOYED FREELANCER

Whether you’re working from home with complete freedom surrounding what to wear (read: loungewear and a make-up free face) or you’re spending a day in an office that you don’t regularly frequent, making a living as a freelancer pretty much allows you to rip up the rulebook when it comes to workwear. Whilst it would be hard to suggest a look that translates well to any place of work that you may be based, we suggest sticking to neutral tones and playing with proportion to make a stylish impression. During January, let an oversized, chunky knit like the Langley play down the sleek effect of a leather pencil skirt and beat the winter chill all at once.