Chic separates that do double duty for business and pleasure

Elevate mere basics to chic separates that can do double duty for business and pleasure, says Marie Kelly...


Tan lines

Wear any colour to work this season as long as it’s the shade of a burnt biscuit. Tan is the new black for the office, and it’s far fresher and more versatile. Mix and match neutrals (incorporating plenty of texture to avoid looking bland) or pair with strong pops of primary colour.

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Corduroy blazer, Autograph, €140 at Marks & Spencer, rosetta coat, €450 at Hobbs, flared tailored trousers, See by Chloé, €280 at farfetch.com

Corduroy blazer, Autograph, €140 at Marks & Spencer, rosetta coat, €450 at Hobbs, flared tailored trousers, See by Chloé, €280 at farfetch.com

White trousers

Like those biscuit shades, this trend can free you up from predictable “office” neutrals. Dress codes – even in the corporate world – have loosened up enough that a pair of white trousers paired with a thin knit and blazer looks modern and professional; plus, it shows personality.

White tie-waist trousers, €25 at New Look, high-waisted culottes, €60 at Topshop, crêpe trousers, Elizabeth and James, €505 at net-a-porter.com

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