As I write this I am still on holiday, about to savour the last week of my Italian escape before heading back to London. Usually, I would have a tear in my eye, but this year, after so many months of uncertainty, I feel excited about returning to the office, to get my teeth stuck into work life in earnest and get back to some form of normality.
We wanted to kick off this issue by asking the question: “What does dressing for work look like now?” After a year spent working from home, getting to grips with office wear feels very different. And with hybrid schedules and remote working still in play, the 9-5 – and what to wear for it – has changed. With this in mind, we’ve picked the nine key pieces we believe are the staples of the contemporary work-ready wardrobe.
Petro and I have also put together our lists of must-have items that we’ll be reaching for as we make our way back to ICONS HQ. Personally, I can’t wait to pack away my loungewear and put on jewellery again!
No matter what your working life looks like this season, comfort is still paramount. Our fashion editor, Florence, has found the 10 best flats for all-day wear, from brogues and loafers to ballerinas. And we shine a light on the smart jumpsuit – the essential one-step-dressing piece for busy mornings.
The classic navy blazer is a cornerstone of the working wardrobe, and something you probably already have in your closet – but perhaps haven’t worn much recently. In the issue’s Style Sheet, I share four new ways of styling – and falling back in love – with it.
If there’s one woman who knows how to go to work in style, it’s Elizabeth von der Goltz. As MATCHESFASHION’s chief commercial officer, she has her finger on the fashion pulse and always knows the pieces we’ll be coveting before we do. We’re thrilled that she’s compiled our Guest Edit this month.
Elsewhere, we’ve turned our interiors eye to home office updates. Whether you’re looking for a new desk, organisational solutions or just some decorative finishing touches, you’ll find something to love here.
And finally, our resident beauty expert, Ava, discusses the need-to-know desktop beauty products and tools that will help us get back to work with a glow.
Wishing you all a happy back-to-work season!
Laura (and Petro) xx