The new rules of workwear

Zoom calls and work-from-home have indelibly redefined our professional wardrobes. Now that office attire is officially back in business, consider this your need-to-know…


Business on top, whatever on the bottom

Blazers and jackets are the hero pieces of your wardrobe this autumn. With conference calls officially a mainstay of our new working lives, a statement jacket is all you’ll need to easily add polish to your #AboveKeyboard look. Head to KARL LAGERFELD for its bold red tuxedo jacket – effortlessly stylish when paired with a plain white T-shirt and relaxed boyfriend jeans – or the pretty pastel tweed jackets to channel old-world glamour: this autumn’s hottest trend.

Prefer an easy all-in-one outfit? Throw-on-and-go dresses in statement prints will serve you just as well in the office as they will at home. Free-flowing and comfortable, there’s also no need to change for when you take your lunch break al fresco.

For gentlemen, Polo Ralph Lauren should be your go-to for easy-to-wear shirts in a variety of colours and styles. Whether it’s the relaxed-fit poplin designs or the classic Oxford shirt, the brand’s expert tailoring shines through, even on Zoom.


Accessories are key

After a spring and summer of making little to no effort on the accessories front, those special touches are taking centre stage again. Not only do they add interest to your look, they’re a mental boost too – by putting extra care into the smaller details again, you’ll kickstart your professional mojo in no time.

Look to Furla and its range of silk scarves for a touch of whimsy – whether you tie them around your handbag in the office or weave them into your hair for an easy at-home hairstyle – they’ll beautify any outfit.

Statement earrings and eye-catching watches, such as these from Michael Kors, will also add a professional edge, whether you’re working from home or chatting via Zoom.


Fashion’s gone formal

The old-world glamour of the 1950s and 60s is back. Think of it as the antidote to spring’s overload of leggings and loose T-shirts: ladylike dressing and tailoring is set to be everywhere this autumn.

When you do venture into the office again, do it in tweed-style blazers, silk shirts and culottes in elegant glen plaid (otherwise known as the Prince of Wales check).

Checks are big news throughout Maje’s newly arrived ‘Office glam’ collection – which also boasts chevron-patterned co-ords and fuchsia-brights for the ultimate contrast. Silk-lapelled tuxedo-style jackets and other-worldly silver blazers give the same formal vibe if it’s only your upper body on show (see rule number 1 for tips…).