When I was back in school, I hated wearing a uniform and longed for the days when I could choose what I wanted to wear to work everyday. While wearing my own clothes is nicer than having to put on a uniform, when I'm running late for work because I can't decide what to wear, I kinda wish I was back in the uniform days!
It depends on your individual office’s dress code, but you will usually want to look smart (perhaps not too smart), whilst feeling comfortable and looking fashionable. It’s no wonder choosing a work outfit while half asleep in the morning is so hard!
This problem isn’t just restricted to one sex; both men and women will often find it difficult to fulfil the criteria of their dress code, whilst trying to avoid falling into the trap of wearing the same thing everyday. It's all about having a good selection of key pieces in your working wardrobe that coordinate well with one another so that you can pull them out and create different outfits that you enjoy wearing.
So here are some workwear must-haves for both him and her, to ensure you look the business, whilst working those key seasonal trends into your work clothes.
Workwear for her
The ‘70s is bang on trend this season and with its elements of power dressing, what better trend to incorporate into your working wardrobe? Suede is also a must-have; think A-line skirts and classic boot-cut trousers with a softer touch.
You can also work the ‘70s look into your footwear, by ditching those killer heels and opting for a pair of strappy towering platforms instead.
Ditch the traditional white shirt and instead stay on trend with a shirtdress – which will make you feel both smart and chic. Team it with a sleeveless jacket, to ensure you look the height of fashion! This style of jacket works well over a variety of outfits and is sure to instantly smarten up any look.
If you prefer a more traditional blazer, bring it up-to-date by adding some length to it. Use it to brighten up your work wardrobe, by ditching the greys and blacks and opting for bolder colours, such as pillar-box red and statement textures and prints.
Another look that is topping the style stakes this season is co-ords, which consist of a suit with a modern twist. This is a look you can easily adopt for work, and can even be mixed and matched across midi skirts, trousers and tops.
Workwear for him
Workwear used to be simple for men; if you worked in an office, you wore a grey or navy suit. But not any more! Now, there are requirements to ensure your suit fits in with the fashion regulations.
However, this does make dressing for work much more fun each day because a suit doesn’t need to be boring. In fact, it can be as bold as you want (if your company allows it, of course!) You can also liven up the office by adding a touch of colour and personality through a brightly coloured or patterned tie.
A sharp suit won’t only make you feel powerful, but will also ensure you look irresistible, and you can even give new life to an older suit by adding one of these Dobell waistcoats. It’s a simple way to enhance your style!
That being said, your workwear doesn’t have to be limited to a suit. A recent survey found 34% of professionals actually only wear one for big meetings, conferences or other special occasions. Therefore a smart pair of jeans or chinos with a shirt will maximise comfort but still look professional (and stylish) enough for work.
Getting dressed in the morning is about to become so much easier!
What do you like to wear for work?
*written in collaboration with Dobell. All opinions, as always, are honest and my own.