How to Refresh Your Work Wardrobe

Approximately one third of your life is spent at work. So, when it comes to your work wardrobe, why should we settle for less? The best workwear pieces should be comfortable and durable, without compromising on style. If you’re looking to spruce up your weekday uniform, here are a few tips and tricks that can be applied to most workplaces. Whether you’re working in a high-flying corporation or a laid-back start-up, here’s how to look like a 10 at your 9-to-5.

Upgrade the classics

Take an office outfit staple – the plain white shirt and black trousers. Avoid looking like you’re going back to school by embracing alternative designs like off-shoulder pieces or textured tailoring. There are plenty of options to play with when it comes to lengths, tailoring, fabrics, and more; it’s an easy way to add a fresh take to any office ensemble.

Silk Blouse, H&M | £80 

One-Shoulder Shirt, Nordstrom | £181

Velvet Culottes, & Other Stories | £69

Wrap Skirt, Rejina Pyo | £375


Play with patterns and fabrics

Workwear doesn’t have to be drab; experiment with different fabrics and patterns to refresh your office OOTD. Subtle patterns are a safer bet for people with strict dress codes, while alternative fabrics like satin, corduroy and denim are ideal for embracing Casual Fridays. If your office is really lax, combine clashing prints and textures for a fashion-forward look.

Spotted Blouse, Urban Outfitters | £36

Striped Skirt, COS | £59

Velvet Blazer, Madewell | £190

Satin-Twill Shirt, Victoria Beckham | £285


One-pieces and matching sets

For those of us who like to hit the snooze button as much as possible, you can’t go wrong with throwing on a dress or jumpsuit. You don’t have to think about what top goes with which bottom! Co-ordinated pieces are also a great way to look put together with minimal effort. Simply pair with minimal accessories to let your statement suit or dress do the talking.

Corduroy Suit, Topshop | £110

Off-Shoulder Jumpsuit, Whistles | £179

Cotton Twill Suit, Arket | £274

Dress, Cult Gaia | £430



New kicks on the block

A fresh pair of shoes has the power to put a spring in your step – even on Monday morning. The shoes you can or can’t wear depends on your work environment, but in every case, practicality is still the number one priority. Box-fresh kicks and polished flats work well with skirts and trousers alike. Or, choose kitten heels and mules for a feminine touch (and a little extra height).

Superstar Shoes, Adidas | £75

Lace-up Leather Shoes, COS | £115

Kitten Heels, Carvela | £129

Sock Boots, Stuart Weitzman | £540


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