Getting up in the morning is painful at the best of times, let alone deciding what you're going to wear. The key to a successful approach to workwear is to have a capsule of smart, but comfortable, pieces that are simple enough to be mixed and matched and restyled in lots of different ways. You want to focus on ease too—shirts that won’t need to go to the dry cleaners each time you wear them and loose tailoring that looks put together, but not too restrictive.
Below we have listed 10 items that will make getting dressed for the office a little easier, from a beautifully tailored blazer to a belted wrap coat to wide-leg trousers with a loose fit. It’s also important to pay close attention to the accessories. You’ll want a smart handbag big enough to carry your laptop (they look so much better than a scruffy tote bag), a trusty pair of loafers, an elegant belt and perhaps some subtle gold jewellery to finish off any outfit. Keep scrolling to see the 10 items that will make getting dressed for the office again so much easier.
1. Wide-Leg Trousers
Style Notes: Wide-leg styles have become a modern classic thanks to their elegant silhouette and easy styling.
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2. Practical Tote
Style Notes: If, like us, you have plenty of essentials to carry on your commute, finding a beautiful bag should be high on your list.
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3. Gold Jewellery
Style Notes: A simple trousers-and-tee look can go from mid to major with the addition of staple gold jewellery.
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4. Boucle Jacket
Style Notes: Along with their classic nature, boucle jackets add a contrasting texture that feels so elevated, no matter the pairing.
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5. Simple Blazer
Style Notes: A simple blazer is a key part of our uniform that instantly adds polish to even the most casual outfit.
6. Knitted Dress
Style Notes: We'll never stop celebrating dresses for creating an instant outfit. Simply add boots and grab your tote and you're on your way.
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7. Leather Belt
Style Notes: Investing in a leather belt will add a refined touch to your looks, along with being a useful accessory.
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8. Tailored Coat
Style Notes: An elegant coat is the easiest way to instantly upgrade an outfit. As we move into autumn, look for wool versions that you'll rely on for years to come.
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9. White Shirt
Style Notes: Is there anything more versatile than the classic white shirt? Wear under knits, tanks and dresses or tucked into trousers, skirts and jeans. The possibilities are endless.
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Style Notes: All hail the simple loafer, the comfortable (and cool) flat shoe that looks just as dressy as a heel. Wear with cropped trousers and oversized shirts in summer and with socks, jeans and a cosy knit in winter.
This story was published at an earlier time and has since been updated.
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