Summer holidays are almost over and everybody’s getting back to work. Are you finding your Monday to Friday wardrobe a little uninspiring? You need to look professional but you also want to incorporate the season's top trends? We've done the research to find the ultimate office outfits, from classy to cool. Suit up!
The classic office wardrobe usually consists of well-tailored suits and a variety of button-down shirts, with maybe some pencil skirts. To bring your closet up to date, we recommend upgrading with extra sparkle and shine. Maybe this season is the time to make the transition into the best flat shoes and ditch your killer office heels. Some patent Oxford lace-ups will immediately polish up your outfit and look far more sophisticated. Oversized blazers, pointed collars, coarse textiles such as tweed, large checked or pinstriped patterns, give classy outfits a modern, masculine twist. If femininity is what you want, go for playful accessories like that tasseled scarf from Burberry and the timeless elegant hoops with the pavé setting from Cadenzza. A large tote will always be the first choice when it comes to office bags. Stick with something structured that won‘t look sloppy, but still provides space for paperwork, tablet, cell phone, cosmetic essentials, etc.
Runway looks: Jil Sander, Trussardi, Victoria Beckham, Céline; Elementary hoop earrings by Cadenzza; brogues by Church’s; Giant plaid cashmere scarf with gold tassels by Burberry; mini skirt by Helmut Lang; Berry Naughty nail polish by Essie; Bayswater bag by Mulberry.
Feeling comfortable but looking effortlessly chic and smart won’t work in your hoody and your activewear, but it will work with the new and easy monochrome or bi-colored combinations mainly seen at the Fall/Winter runway shows by Jil Sander and Victoria Beckham. Go for a cozy knit-dress combined with a large briefcase and some midi heels, or an unconventional female suit of culottes, or a wide skirt with a wool-blended coat or jacket. The best combination? A pleated midi skirt with a comfy sweater and leather boots in contrasting colors. Whether your job is ultra-corporate or incredibly creative, high-street options from Uniqlo, Cos and Massimo Dutti offer a wide range of beautiful pieces to combine with a well-tailored blazer, a button-down shirt, a designer coat and a high-quality bag. To complete this look, invest in a timeless but fashionable watch like the City Watch from Swarovski, and give your skin a fresh and healthy glow with a soft hint of color, isuch as Laura Mercier‘s Tinted Moisturizer.
Runway looks: 3 x Jil Sander, Victoria Beckham; City Watch from Swarovski; Briefcase Slim from Horizn-Studios; leather belt from Massimo Dutti; cashmere turtleneck sweater by Bottega Veneta; suede ankle boots by Gianvito Rossi.
If you‘re very into fashion, you can stop wondering what you can wear to work that will make you as stylish as you look outside the office, because incorporating this season’s key trends in your office outfits shouldn‘t be a struggle this year. On the catwalks, designers like Balenciaga and Trussardi presented extremely self-confident outfits, from mannish coats, bold shoulders, and wide trousers to colorful ties and striking hats. Fabrics from crushed velvet to brocade and leather to semi-transparent chiffon are ready to be mixed and matched. Pimp up your look with some eccentric accessories, such as pointed mules and stylish headgear. And don‘t forget to apply an opaque, ultra-matte lip color, like the weightless liquid lipstick by Giorgio Armani Beauty.
Runway looks: 2 x Trussardi, Balenciaga, Jacquemus; Cooly Chant Cropped Flare Pant by Ellery; leather hat from Prada; wool coat with leather and fur by Marni; matte lipstick by Giorgio Armani Beauty; suitcase by Rimowa’ Demy mules by Acne via Net-A-Porter.