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Laura’s Back-To-Work Essentials

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As summer begins to wind down, now is the time to ease yourself back into the 9-to-5. But it needn’t be a grind; instead, consider it the perfect opportunity to reinvigorate your routine, rediscover your workwear wardrobe and invest in a few mood-lifting essentials that will help you get back into the swing of things in style. These are the items on Laura’s wish list.

“I’ll be wearing my linen suit for as long as I can, and also styling the blazer separately as the finishing touch to countless other end-of-summer looks.”
“The perfect linen trousers for warm days at the office. When not wearing with the matching blazer, I’ll be styling them with a simple white tank top.”
“I treated myself to a new pair of designer shoes this year – they’re the smartest version of a Birkenstock you’ll ever get. Perfect for office days when I want to feel comfortable but still look polished.”
“I’m always wearing my Mini Vera hoops – they’re small enough to be everyday-appropriate and big enough to make a difference to my outfit.”
“After a break over summer, I’m meticulous about taking supplements throughout the winter, especially with the lack of vitamin D in the UK. This trio has everything I need. I keep them in my desk drawer and take them throughout the day.”
“I’m intrigued by Loewe’s new foldable Puzzle tote – it would make the chicest laptop bag.”
“Yep – I am still, and forever will be, a diary girl.”
“I’m constantly applying lip balm, and this minty fresh one from clean brand Ilia is my current favourite.”
“I’m obsessed with lighting a candle the moment I get into the office and I adore this fresh and stimulating scent.”
“I always have a couple of small metal baskets on my desk to store bits and bobs.”
“At this time of year, I find myself reaching for my pile of sweatshirts. When paired with smart enough bottoms, they make the perfect between-seasons tops.”
“A black satin dress is a readymade outfit. I can wear this one on its own now or add a blazer or jumper when it gets cooler.”
“It’ll be coat season before you know it, so I’ve pulled out my trench from its summer rest as my favourite between-seasons cover-up.”
“The quickest way to smarten up my look for a meeting is with our very own Pachino red lipstick, created in collaboration with Cosmetics à la Carte.”
“I am still one for thank-you cards, too. I love that Memo Press also does writing paper, for a slightly longer handwritten note.”
“I recently found out that I need reading glasses and, after much deliberation, I opted for this simple green pair.”