Whether you’ve loved or loathed working from home, the reality is, with eased restrictions, the next few months will see most of us return to the office. Flexi-working will continue to be the norm, although it is not entirely unwelcome. forMost days you will be spending at your desk, you will need to be well dressed. What does this even mean in a post lockdown world?
This will depend hugely on your company’s clothing policy but, forMany, a year spent there loungewear, has seen real-life regulations ease significantly. So if you’re staring at your pre-Covid wardrobe of skirt suits and tailored blouses in abject horror, the good news is you probably don’t have to go back to those extremes. Instead, opt forA uniform that combines business and style in slouchier, semi casual pieces in luxe fabrics. style. Here’s our essential back-to-workShopping edit.
For a day at your desk
Logan double-breasted twill blazer, £288, reiss.com; Emporio Armani silk blend Bermuda shorts, £198, armani.com? Mark Kenly Domino Tan Bailee Revers top, £190, harveynichols.com; Ade suede flats, £575, jimmychoo.com; The Alkemistry Kismet 14ct rose gold necklace with solitaire diamond, £395, harveynichols.com; Suzanne Kalan 18ct rose gold sapphire and diamond cuff, £4,840, net-a-porter.com
TheIt is important to invest in quality, versatile pieces that feel modern and comfortable. Start with a great navy blazer – Reiss does a brilliant selection but our pick of the best is this double-breasted Logan design. Next, it’s time to ditch the tired white button downs and restrictive pencil skirts of the pre-pandemic days. A pair of silk Bermuda shorts is a much chicer alternative (Emporio Armani is your go-to here) while Mark Kenly’s minimalist cream top is both more contemporary and easier to style than the shirts you’re used to. We promise you’ll turn to it time and time again.
Think classic with an edge when it comes accessories Jimmy Choo’s pearl-embellished Ade shoes are not your average ballerina flats while The Alkemistry’s elegantly simple diamond chain necklace can be worn on its own forLayer it with your favourite pieces on weekends. Suzanne Kalan’s multi-stone bangle, meanwhile, is an easy way to add a touch of fun and personality.
A boardroom meeting
De La Vali Dylan crepe peplum blouse, £195, net-a-porter.com; De La Vali Uma crepe wide-leg trousers, £250, net-a-porter.com; Jennifer Chamandi Lorenzo pumps, £550, farfetch.com; Alex Monroe floral alphabet necklace, £135, libertylondon.com; Bulgari Serpenti yellow gold and diamond watch, £23,900, harrods.com
You mean business – but that doesn’t necessarily mean you need to wear a business suit. TheYou want to impress your boardroom audience? With chic, sharp tailoring and primary brights. A standard jacket can be swapped for this jacket forThis De La Vali suit is smart and chic with a fitted peplum blouse and wide-legged pants in a summery lemon color.
Don’t go overboard on the accessories, however. Nude pumps are your friend here and Jennifer Chamandi is the cool girl’s choice forA modern take. Alex Monroe offers a wide range of charm necklaces that are perfect for every occasion. forGiving your property a personal touch outfit (and won’t break the bank if you want to invest in more than one – which you will). Of course, no good boardroom outfit is complete without a watch and Bulgari’s gold Serpenti design has CEO written all over it.
Prada Glen plaid skirt, £1,100, farfetch.com; Jason Wu puff sleeve blouse, £506, farfetch.com; Lady Dior Ultra Glossy bag, £3,900, dior.com; Panthère de Cartier steel watch, £2,790, harrods.com; Aeyde Leandra leather ankle boots, £290, mytheresa.com
Meeting with clients is always a good idea forAlthough formal wear is more common, there are still ways to add a touch of your personality. styleIncorporate it into your look. If your usual default would be black trousers and a blue shirt, a little tweak courtesy of Prada’s kilt-style midi skirt (its lightly checked fabric is a great nod to traditional suiting) and Jason Wu’s pussy-bow blouse will make things feel fresh again. You can complete the look with timeless pieces that you can count on time and again. Dior’s Lady Dior bag and Cartier’s Panthère de Cartier watch are no brainers while these leather ankle boots from Berlin-based designer Aeyde will go with practically everything in your wardrobe.
Luisa Beccaria belted shirt dress, £1,005, Matchesfashion.com; Axel Arigato leather sneakers, £165, harrods.com; Studio wool coat, £835, maxmara.com; Saint Laurent Lou quilted camera bag, £1,070, brownsfashion.com; Mark Nuell asymmetric aquamarine earrings, £2,670, omneque.com
You’ve made it to the end of the week. You’ve got dinner plans after work and the last thing you want is to carry a separate outfitYou can carry your belongings around all day. Well, thanks to dress-down Friday, you don’t have to. This elegant cotton mid-length shirt dress from Italian designer Luisa Beccaria is the epitome of smart-casual and can be worn with sandals (or Axel’s classic Arigato leather sneakers if your office allows) during the summer and with knee-length boots and a timeless Max Mara camel coat when the temperature drops. Finish with Saint Laurent’s always-chic camera bag and these unusual asymmetric earrings by London-based jeweller Mark Nuell forThe ultimate desk-to-dinner look
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