When like most of us, you’re perpetually behind on sleep and rushed in the mornings, it’s easy to get stuck in a workwear rut: a tired all-black outfit, the comfortable dress you’ve worn more times than you’d like to admit, and the pared-down ensemble for casual Fridays that’s bordering on frumpy.
And this doesn’t help you. We’re firm believers that looking smart, sophisticated and polished at the office has many benefits -improved mood, productivity and the confidence to really go after your career goals.
Invest in key new pieces for work that will make morning styling a breeze. Here are five looks for every day to inspire you:
We compensate for Monday-dread by trying to dress as pulled-together as possible. We work this black and cobalt look around this chic, non-nonsense black flared midi-skirt. We pair it with a swing-fit dogstooth cami and smart crepe jacket. Nothing says ‘business’ like a black mock-croc tote bag such as this elegant one from J by Jasper Conran. Carvela’s blue and black pointed court shoes complete the look.
By Tuesday, you will hopefully have gotten your work (and style) groove back. Make a confident statement with this classic yet contemporary black and white check dress from Coast. For a twist on the monochrome look, offset with bold red accessories, such as this leather handbag from J by Jasper Conran and suede pointed court shoes by Carvela. This elegant skinny watch is the perfect subtle is the perfect accent.
On Wednesdays, thou shall wear (at least a little) pink. That’s a sartorial law from cult-favourite film Mean Girls that just stuck with us. What better way to keep it than with this fashion-forward asymmetric skirt from Preen/EDITION, which was coincidentally featured in the July issue of InStyle as an ideal piece for work? Team it with a floral chiffon overlay top from the collection (coming soon) and on-trend monochrome block heels to keep from looking too cutesy. A white mini top-handle bag from J by Jasper Conran works with the shoes, and these resplendent gold, amethyst and pink tourmaline studs from Swesky definitely bring the ‘wow’ factor.
This flattering slinky shift dress from Coast is the perfect work piece. Give it a fresh, summery feel with white accessories. We love Red Herring’s white statement cut-out ankle boots and Fiorelli’s elegant shoulder bag. Keep it contemporary with these cool white enamel studs instead of diamante or pearl studs.
Everyone’s favourite day of the week calls for an edgier, more casual outfit that hints at the fun that’s a just a few hours away. Pair this bang-on trend slouchy monochrome knitted top with slim-fit black linen trousers . Killer black cut-out heels from Faith and a super-stylish mock-croc tote from J by Jasper Conran complete the outfit, while this elegant gold and crystal bracelet softens the look.
As the old adage goes, the key is to ‘dress for the job you want’, so don’t forget to invest in these modern power pieces.