For many of us, the start of a new year not only means back to business as usual, it also means fresh ideas and renewed motivation, too. Whether you’re a recent grad about to enter the job market or a seasoned professional in need of a refresh, follow our editor’s picks and you'll feel ready to take on whatever challenges come your way. So, as you throw out the Christmas tree, drop the romantic bows and ruffles and get yourself some bold, fresh outfits that have just arrived in store and online.
Resort and pre-Spring/Summer collections are in stock right now (some pieces still need a pre-order). Shades of pink and icy blue work perfectly with last year’s camel coats, and coarse textiles such as tweed or houndstooth give classy outfits a modern, masculine twist. Combine large checked patterns with pinstripes and leather or patent leather for a glossy finish to any outfit. Whether your job is ultra-corporate or incredibly creative, with increasingly relaxed dress codes across many industries, the playing field of your business wardrobe has almost no limits. But in order to elevate your look from merely presentable to glamorously professional, always focus on quality for your business outfits. There are certain pieces (such as blazers, shirts and pencil skirts) and certain labels (such as Victoria Beckham, Jil Sander and Joseph, to name only a few) that you can always count on for a timeless 9-to-5 polish. Also, high-street options from Arket to Zara offer a wide range of beautiful pieces to combine with a well-tailored suit, button-down shirt, designer coat, and high-quality bag.
A good piece of outerwear will pull together any laid-back look. Invest in an oversized coat (hurry, they’re on sale right now) to layer over your office looks this season. Although the days when everyone wore an identikit basic suit are long gone, suits are nonetheless having a moment again right now. Even when you don’t feel like dressing up, wearing pants with a cashmere sweater or thin turtleneck layered under a blazer will not only keep you warm but give you a polished, pulled-together look too. If in doubt about how official an occasion is, a blazer will transform even the most mundane jeans-and sweater combo into something smart and classy. The opposite works too: a pair of trainers (in mint condition, please) will dress down miniskirts and tailored pants and go with literally everything. Put a twist on the classic white shirt-and-pencil skirt combination with a silk top with statement sleeves (such as from The Row) and a skirt with a little flair like the ones from Monse. Don’t forget, too, that wide-leg pants are back in fashion: style menswear-inspired pants with a pair of sleek patent stiletto boots (such as from Anine Bing) for the perfect masculine-meets-feminine contrast. A large tote will always be first choice when it comes to office bags, but when you don’t have to carry much, go for a smaller version like a briefcase (see Victoria Beckham) or a trunk bag like the ones from Marni. Round off your business outfit with a great watch—see Swarovski for smart, classy styles with a sparkling modern twist—and some statement jewelry, such as pieces from Isabel Marant, Marc Jacobs or Chloé, all made with pearls and crystals from Swarovski. And no matter how you feel, remember, that a winning smile is always in style!