Words by Nicole Thomsen
March 27th, 2019
As we edge closer and closer to summer, shedding the winter layers and chunky knits along the way, workwear has never seemed less inviting. Its reputation for being stuffy, uncomfortable and not at all stylish precedes itself — the exact opposite of what you want to slip into each morning, particularly when the sun is streaming in the window. Thankfully, workwear as we know it has been refreshed for spring/summer with a few key pieces.
While not every trend can walk straight off the runway and into the office — not without attracting a couple of stares at least —, these particular trends work just as well between the hours of 9-5 as they do outside. So, throw away the chinos and discover the key players worth adding to your workwear wardrobe below.
Suits for the office aren’t exactly groundbreaking but this season’s candy coloured iterations are far from the classic-but-boring Prince of Wales and herringbone suits of yore. Sweeping the runway in bold shades of canary yellow, lime green, azure blue, and candyfloss pink, suits in every colour of the rainbow is one of the biggest and brightest trends this spring. While bolder colour options may not work for every office or position, a sky blue suit perfectly toes the line between being trend-driven but still work appropriate. Pair with a lightweight cotton turtleneck and ankle boots for spring but swap to a linen or crepe camisole and pointed leather flats as the days get warmer.
We’ve written many a love letter to the humble boilersuit and all its styling prowess in recent times but it is only when you’ve got five minutes to get out the door and go that you truly understand its appeal. The ultimate one-and-done, a boilersuit is both practical and stylish, not to mention one of the must-have items for spring/summer ’19, making it the perfect addition to your workwear wardrobe this season.
The key to making this utilitarian staple work for the office is to seek out tailored styles in cord or shirting material as opposed to less structured cotton variations. Stick to neutral shades of beige, navy or white and pair with ballet pumps or loafers and you’ll never be late for work again.
The blazer reigns supreme for yet another season and, frankly, there’s nothing quite like it as the finishing touch to your workwear. The ideal choice for ‘Casual Friday’ where companies allow employees to dress down at the end of the week, a blazer can elevate even the most relaxed looks, allowing you the chance to wear your favourite pair of jeans into the office and still look polished.
This season, forgo wintry check and plaid patterns and opt for lightweight linen or cotton styles in creamy shades of white or oatmeal instead. With an arsenal of blazers at your disposal, you’ll never be stuck for what to wear in the morning again.
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