Do you ever feel like you’re getting up every day and putting on the same limited combinations of work clothes? In conjunction with the same commute, the same office desk and the same Pret sandwich; it can be pretty hard to drag yourself out of bed in the morning. Trust me, I’ve been there. I’m not saying spicing up your office wardrobe is going to transform your working week, but it’s a quick fix. Here are 5 easy ways to subtly change the way you look in the office – who knows, it might prompt a shift to a Pret wrap too!
1. The Knotted Belt
When you’re tall, the key is to break up your height – that’s why separates look so great on a tall frame, especially when they’re in different colours and textures. Highlight the break, and your natural waist, with a belt but rather than doing it up in the normal way, tie it in a loose knot instead. A knot creates an interesting shape and adds instant fashionista credentials to a workwear outfit. Opt for a larger size than normal so you have enough length to create a relaxed knot.
2. The Versatile Silk Scarf
A silk scarf is a remarkably easy and wonderfully versatile way to mix up an everyday workwear outfit. Knotted at the neck to add glamour for a classic look, tied at the ankle for a modern take or wrapped around a handle to add new life to an old handbag, the silk scarf is well worth investing in. (Sources in order of photos: EJStyle, Le Fashion, With Love From Kat)
3. The Stripe Trend
Stripes are being taken seriously by the fashion world in SS17. They add interest and character to an outfit and can be incredibly flattering. A stripy shirt is the easiest way to incorporate this for the office – pair with tailored trousers or under a boxy coat, as demonstrated by The 5th. If you want something chic but more relaxed, opt for a classic Breton striped top with tailored trousers and loafers. And if you’re feeling really creative, wear a striped shirt with braces and a fedora for an instant hit of 30’s glamour.
4. The Interesting Blouse
Patterns and prints are all the rage in SS17. When it comes to workwear a blouse in a bright colour or with a striking print is perfect for lifting a dark suit.Or if, like me, you don’t really like wearing jackets, a well cut blouse with beautiful bell sleeves or peaked shoulders, tucked into a pencil or A-line skirt is a stunning and powerful work look. Feminine yet professional, conservative yet alluring at the same time. (Sources: Warehouse, Career Girl Daily, Silk Fred)
5. The Office Layers
It may sound obvious, but layering different textures, lengths and materials makes for a really sophisticated look. A classic long length shirt under a cropped sweater is effortlessly chic and perfect for a smart casual day in the office.
On really cold days, layer blazers under coats, scarves over knits or a leather jacket over an open shirt. Try and work within a colour palette, ideally neutral tones. So layer grey and black, tan and cream, navy and denim colours.