How to find classic outfits for the office? Easy. Invest wisely in key pieces and you’ll reap the rewards for seasons to come.
Workwear can, and quite literally does, become boring and unimaginitive. Sure, your trusted denim heroes and sequin skirts don't belong in the office, but that doesn’t mean you can’t combine style and function to make your working wardrobe feel fresh and exciting.
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Anita Barr, Group Fashion Director at Harvey Nichols explains 'You can give your office outfits a boost by working in the seasons key trends, while still keeping it professional in the workplace. Tailored culottes will be a great addition to your working wardrobe as they are chic, flattering and versatile, and can be worn with flats, heels or boots. Another great way to dress up a work outfit is wearing a sleek jumpsuit, which in the day it looks great paired with a blazer, and becomes the perfect day- to-night outfit, however stick to neutral shades to keep it looking professional at work. If in doubt the easiest way to enhance any workwear is always by adding fabulous shoes'. In short, don't be afraid to incorporate trend-led buys. Stick to some basic rules and you’ll find even the simplest of staples can feel instantly cooler.
Classic staples include trouser suits (slim-fit), pencil skirts, white shirts, silk blouses and shift dresses. These pieces form the building blocks of any successful classic office outfit. Colours should be kept relatively neutral, to allow your investment buys to rotate freely with other office staples; look to navy, greys, camel and softer berry tones for the perfect balance.
Investing in timeless accessories is a smart move – and let’s face it, rewarding – lifting your look from sensible to super-stylish in a flash. Choose carefully and you’ll be together for a long time. Look for wearable (and fabulous) heels, sizeable bags to hold all those office essentials (phone, diary, make-up bag, laptop etc) and luxe-leather tech accessories and stationary.
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