Look the Business - Workwear Updates
"Yes, morals tell us that what we wear to work shouldn’t matter; that success is the culmination of efficiency, aptitude and pluck. The truth is, we are a visual species and we make judgements on how everyone – ourselves included – look."
A great quote from an article in The Telegraph this week on what to wear to work and how to get it right. Even if you don't realise it, you subconsciously make assumptions about people purely based on what you see and others are doing that to you.
Your workwear should show you mean business, that you are in control and also make you feel those things too. Believe me, the bosses are busy but they are watching and a way to get in their eyeline is to stand out visually for the right reasons so why wouldn't you?
Furthermore, you have a job to do, so by sorting out a work wardrobe 'uniform' that makes you look professional, pulled together and ready for business is essential to save time and stress. If you are older and have been in the game a long time, wearing dated clothing in dated cuts and styles can even make others assume your ideas are dated. Keep your wardrobe current and look 'on-the-ball'.
Workwear Essentials Autumn '16
Key essential wardrobe staples to keep your look current this season are; wide legged trousers, heritage prints, masculine coats, ruffles and bell sleeves, belted shirt dresses and block heeled shoes. Here are some essential pieces that will take you through Autumn/Winter:
Pair either trouser above with a good quality black polo like this merino wool one at Matches by Joseph and (for the green trousers) these Tod's block heels to anchor and smarten-up the look. The grey block heels below at Matches Fashion by Marni would look brilliant against the green animal print and would also be great paired with the Whistles cropped trousers - both very striking combo's that would definitely help you stand-out!
I mentioned heritage prints and I am IN LOVE with this skirt by Isabel Marant at Matches Fashion. In a deeply exciting way, I think if this was paired-up with the satin 80's inspired pale pink blouse by Topshop Boutique and the above Marni shoes with barely black or opaque tights, this could be the perfect work outfit! Let me explain; it mixes up textures (interesting and unexpected), the skirt shape would flatter just about anyone and is non-frumpy and very cool; a great achievement for workwear, the satin shirt is sexy (tick) AND would also work with jeans and trousers and the Marni heels are a little bit quirky thus completing the perfect work outfit!!!! Have I convinced you?
Shirt dresses have been updated this season with bold knots. Gives you a bit of shape and this one is a bit 'nurse-y' in a good way!
Contemporary takes on classic shirting have been around a while now and are set to stay. It's pretty hard to be fashionable and professional in a corporate office but this smart striped cotton shirt by Isabel Marant with it's neck tie manages to be both trendy and powerful. Also the silk-blend and lace scarlet blouse would pep-up dark coloured trousers if a slightly boho style appeals to you:
Coats this season are masculine, oversized, heritage printed, military or in Spring pastel hues - something for us all then! Mango has this smart military style for only £90 and I also like Mango's Prince of Wales check coat:
If you work in a corporate environment and need to wear the traditional corporate colours of navy, black and grey, off-set the look with pretty pastel pinks or blues. I like this cosy looking pastel pink one by Whistles in a 60's cocoon style:
There's nothing like coming back from your Summer holiday's and adding a few new pieces to your wardrobe to update for the new season. How we dress at work now has changed dramatically over the past few years, with less rules but more choice. If you don't know where to start with your work wardrobe, get in touch and find out how I can help you with your shopping.
Lisa Gillbe is an Image Consultant and Stylist based in London, UK.