You don’t have to start vibrant colour-blocking to press the refresh button on your workwear wardrobe. Two simple wardrobe swaps will take you through these tricky transitional months looking sharp, more spring-like and on-trend for SS17.
A jumpsuit and shirt is the new chic office attire. This pairing had a strong presence on the SS17 runways, so it will look like you have your finger on the fashion pulse. The simple wide-leg all-in-one, below, is smart enough for work, especially when paired with a tailored collared shirt. The whole ensemble feels fresher and more chic than a traditional trouser and suit combination. Be brave with the colour of your shirt. White is predictable. Try raspberry or tangerine instead.
As we move further into the season, ditch black in favour of a softer shade like aubergine. This sleeveless jumpsuit from Finery London has culotte-style pants, which feel less wintry than a full-length black trouser leg. Pair this with an elbow-length sleeved white shirt for a really stylish take on office attire. Or take a look at some of the deconstructed shirting now in stores. Not everything will work beneath a jumpsuit, but there’s plenty of reworked button-front shirts that can help to add personality to your look.
Belted waists look sophisticated and are on-trend. It was the dominant silhouette on the SS17 runways, so try taking a break from those failsafe shift dresses and choose a dress with belt detailing instead. The tea dress, below, again from Finery London, is so chic. A very fitted waist can be uncomfortable during the course of a long working day, whereas this piece offers an elegant drape and a fit that skims rather than clings to your waist and hips. I love the little cap sleeves too. They provide enough coverage for a workplace environment but offer the breathability you need in summer.
This kimono dress by & Other Stories cleverly gives the illusion of a belted silhouette. I love the utilitarian pockets (every dress should have pockets I think) and the colour is fresh without being too frothy for a professional environment. Try wearing it with flat brogues for a cool take on spring workwear.