The summer holidays are almost over, so beat the back-to-work blues with these easy wardrobe updates.
As much as we love going to work, at the end of summer holidays it can be with a heavy heart. The long relaxing days. Sun-kissed shoulders. Time with people we love. One way to treat this dark time is with a whole new wardrobe. After all, they don’t call it retail therapy for nothing. But then again, that’s hard to justify when you’ve just spent a week on a beach downing mimosas. A simpler and more cost-effective way to feel excited about returning to work? Small updates that make a big difference. From making your favourite white shirt look a little cooler, to combining staples in new ways, read on for five easy styling tricks that will breathe new life into your office staples.
PAIR A SKIRT WITH A ROOMY SHIRT
An oversized shirt might not sound like the most obvious update, but trust us when we tell you that tucking one into your plethora of work skirts gives the same old separates a certain sartorial elegance. The key here is to think outside the box in terms of colour, opting for bold block shades, soft pastels or even stripes. Whatever you choose, it should be a little unexpected. Scale matters, too: the balance of the outfit is in combining a tailored bottom-half that’s all work, work, work, with a loose-fit shirt whose wearer may or may not be about to bolt for the airport.
WEAR A FLORAL DRESS TO WORK
No longer reserved for garden parties and cocktail hour, your favourite floral dress is the perfect piece to wear between seasons. The trick is to scan your wardrobe for an office-appropriate cut: think shirt dresses, or designs with cap sleeves and slightly more tailored silhouettes. From there, keep the look smart with block-colour shoes. One more reason to wear a frock to work: this one-step style solution makes getting dressed so easy that you can hit snooze.
BELT YOUR BLAZER WITH A BUM BAG
If you’ve skipped this trend until now, hear us out. No longer the reserve of attention-hungry street stylers (and before that, middle-aged tourists), we’ve seen the look transform from Gucci’s slightly mad offering to Chloé’s gold-chain belt with a chic leather pouch. Here’s what we suggest: Take your favourite blazer and belt it with a pared-back bum bag on the commute, or when you’re running errands. Apart from instantly updating your look, you will not believe how handy it is having an easy-access pouch attached to your waist. Large enough to hold a phone, bank card and lipstick, you may just find that you keep it on all day. Turns out, convenience and style make great bedfellows.
ADD A SLING-BACK TO YOUR SUIT
Wearing one colour, like black or grey, from head-to-toe is a guaranteed way to give you the holiday blues. Our antidote works every time: set aside your go-to black pumps for now, and instead wear a pair of brightly-coloured sling-backs with your suit. It’s only a pop of colour, so the look still works for work. This small change instantly adds a modern twist to smart office attire – and if, in the process, co-workers get a glimpse of your glowing, sun-kissed ankles, so be it.
JUST ADD HOLIDAY SOUVENIRS
Crisp white, button-down shirts are timeless, but it’s the way you accessorise them that gives them a contemporary spin. So when you go back to work, keep those holiday souvenir bracelets firmly on your wrist. The colourful beads, friendship bands and shell bangles you’ve collected along the way from beach vendors and market stalls will look perfect at work when you add some thin gold bangles and a dress watch. Roll the cuffs. Undo the top button. Show off those tanned arms. And if you’re not into bracelets, layer holiday beads and fine-gold necklaces. The small flash of vacation nostalgia will give you those happy feels at your desk.
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