Tired of traditional office attire? Stamp some personality on your workwear wardrobe by pairing sleek tailored separates with smart accessories for a look that is all your own.
The Trouser Suit
Mannish tailoring gives classic suiting a fresh energy. Invest in classic trousers, with wide or cigarette leg to really Look The Business. The former will elongate your leg and narrow your waist, while the latter is a hard-working wardrobe must-have. Invest in lightweight wool two-pieces in black, navy or grey and crisp white shirts. Teamed with kitten heels or brogues, they’ll work hard right through the season. For the finest quality on the high street? Visit Ted Baker, Donna Karan, and Reiss. A step up? Theory, J. Crew and Joseph – they’ve nailed the classic-sleek look. Top of the pile are designer labels like Stella McCartney and 3.1 Philip Lim. Something bespoke? Try Irish designers Richard Lewis, Claire Doyle and Tyrrell & Brennan.
There’s no need to sacrifice style for comfort. Shop smart and choose a shoe you can wear all day. A flat or block heel is an obvious choice, but clever footcare solutions make stilettos much more inviting.
Heels: Choose block, stiletto or kitten heel – whatever you find most comfortable. Jimmy Choo has perfected all three looks and LK Bennett has a superb range of kitten heels. Ann Demeulemeester has the perfect block heels for Fall 2015. Or try Boots and www.footpetals.com for super-slim insoles and soothing heelgrips.
Flats: The look remains boyish but has evolved as the Oxford takes the place of last year’s brogue: this time round the toe is almond-shaped and the look more elegant and uncomplicated. Try Manolo Blahnik and Dune’s range of lace-ups.
Boots: Block-heel ankle boots will work hard for you all winter. Wear with bare legs now and opaques later. Kat Maconie’s boots (at Cocobelle) are always a sell-out.
The devil’s in the (work-appropriate) detail. Think old-school, polished finishing touches: brooches on coats, gloves in autumnal shades and belts on absolutely everything.
Gloves: Coloured leather or suede gloves will liven up a neutral coat. The best selections can be found at Marks & Spencer and Harvey Nichols.
Belts: Cinched waists are a key look, so add a belt to everything you own, from jackets to sweaters and coats. Urban Outfitters is always great for on-trend options.
Brooches: Lanvin pioneered this strong ladylike look a few seasons ago and it’s still going. Try Jenny Vander, Topshop and Rhinestones.