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Image / Fashion

The New Workwear: Elevate your office wardrobe with these four staples

18th Oct 2018

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


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.


Belted blazers

Tailoring still has a masculine cut, but boyish trouser suits are belted this season for an unapologetically feminine silhouette. Wide or skinny, knotted or buckled, choose a belt that creates a stark contrast with your blazer for a really individual look. Take the opportunity, too, to add texture to your workwear with a suede, patent or (subtly) embellished belt.


Belt bags

No, they won’t carry your laptop or iPad, but for those days when you can travel light and want to be hands-free, a belt bag is just the thing. Practical and smart, they’ll also shape your silhouette beautifully. A far cry from those old-style canvas “bum bags”, today’s belt bag is a thing of beauty.


Photos: Jason Lloyd-Evans, Streetstyle AW18

This article about workwear first appeared in the October issue of IMAGE magazine, on shelves now.