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    Where To Buy Workwear Now

    No dress code has shifted more over the past few years than that of workwear. From city-slicker through at-home, waist-up dressing to hybrid styles that straddle the two, what we wear for the 9-5 is in a state of flux. So what does getting ready for the office look like now? 

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    Comfort remains integral to the working wardrobe, as does versatility; flexible schedules demand pieces that morph to fit whatever the day throws at you, be that a rush-hour commute, local coffee meeting or after-work dinner. Think polished, dress-up/dress-down pieces that are a pleasure to wear and will last for years to come.

     

    The start of the new season is the perfect time to get your office wardrobe in check. Whether refreshing your existing uniform or building a capsule of essentials, these are the labels to look to. 

    FRANKIE SHOP for…

    Modern Tailoring

     

    Beautifully cut tailoring is the backbone of the working wardrobe. While classic lines are enduring, it doesn’t mean pieces have to feel old-fashioned or corporate. New York label Frankie Shop excels in quality tailored pieces with a contemporary look. Just-so oversized suiting, sharp cargo pants, chic vests – wear them with crisp shirts and loafers or add a white T-shirt and luxe trainers. 

    IRIS & INK for…

    Boardroom Dresses

     

    There’s no denying the power of a great dress or the ease of throwing on one piece and just adding shoes. Iris & Ink – the in-house label of NET-A-PORTER’s The Outnet – has carved a niche as a destination for smart, style-conscious dresses that will take you to the boardroom and beyond. From shirt dresses to LBDs, pieces can be styled up or down; plus, they’re made from recycled and organic fabrics.  

    COS for…

    Smart-Price Updaters

     

    COS is a tried-and-trusted name for smart-price wardrobe additions, and its workwear offering is the best on the high street. This is the place to look for sleek updaters that will give investment buys a new lease of life; a cream tote to lift classic tailoring, a sleeveless jacket to refresh your favourite shirts and trousers. Premium fabrics and a Scandi-inspired, minimal aesthetic give pieces longevity. 

    BLAZÉ MILANO for…

    Forever Blazers

     

    Founded by fashion editors, Blazé Milano has become synonymous with exquisite forever blazers. The Italian label draws on traditional design and making techniques, reinterpreting them into modern silhouettes that instantly elevate any outfit they’re put with. Each piece is made in Italy from premium fabrics and comes with unrivalled precision and attention to detail; think perfect fit, timeless motifs and colourways and luxurious trims. 

    TOTÊME for…

    Perfect-Fitting Trousers 

     

    Totême is all about uniform dressing. Championing a slow-fashion ethos, the Swedish label focuses on everyday essentials, keeping designs considered and minimal and investing in cuts and fabrics to ensure each piece can be worn on repeat, season after season. While every wardrobe category is executed expertly, trousers deserve a special mention thanks to their perfect fit and flattering, versatile silhouettes. 

    VINCE for…

    Smart Knitwear With A Twist

     

    After a heatwave of a summer, getting back into knitwear holds a special appeal. When paired with tailored trousers and smart skirts, luxe jumpers and cardigans work for the office, too, especially as the cooler seasons unfold. Known for its effortless Californian vibe, Vince masters simple yet polished knits that play to a smarter dress code. Go classic with grey cashmere, or add colour to your 9-5 wardrobe with rust and pale blue. 

    CHARVET for…

    Sharp Shirting

     

    An impeccable shirt makes an outfit, and they don’t come any more on point than Charvet. Established in 1838, the Paris-based brand has been the last word in shirting for decades – Coco Chanel was a fan. The debut womenswear collection features two timeless cotton-poplin silhouettes (classic collared and pussy-bow) in blue, pink, white and striped. The curved hemline has been specifically designed to look as good worn loose as it does tucked in. 

    PORTE & PAIRE for…

    Commuter-Friendly Shoes

     

    If you’re struggling to put away your sandals, look to Porte & Paire for a covetable selection of autumn-ready alternatives. Majoring on fuss-free, versatile design, the label offers a capsule of shoes that easily slot into your existing collection; sleek loafers, ballet flats, simple mules, smart point-toes. Colours are classic and detail is kept minimal, meaning styles won’t date. Created with practicality in mind, they’re comfortable, too. 



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