Master your work outfits with our guide on everything from building the perfect suit to “office-fying” your accessories BY AARON KOK
Between: Dress, $585, from Maje. 1 MID-WEEK DRINKS Bracelet, $1,090, from Tabitha Simmons x Atelier Swarovski. 2 MORNING ERRANDS Shoes, $39, from ASOS. 3 WORKING OFF-SITE Sunglasses from Carrera. 4 INVESTORS MEETING Cotton trench coat, $349, from H&M. 5 CASUAL LUNCHEON Isabel Marant belt, $189, from Club 21 Ladies. 6 OFFICE PARTY Earrings, $370, from Marni. 7 CASUAL FRIDAYS Simon Miller jeans, $480, from NET-APORTER. 8 WORK PRESENTATION Bag from Strathberry.
One Dress, Eight Ways
What do you get when you combine a shirtdress with a classic checked pattern and a sweet-spot hemline? A closet classic that you can wear multiple ways, depending on how you switch up the styling.
Tailored For You
Get the most out of your suits by breaking them up, mixing them up and upgrading your corporate attire
Step 1 PICK YOUR BASE
Strong-shouldered jackets show that you’re ready to conquer.
Top down: Jacket from kate spade new york. Tibi jacket, $890, from TANGS at Tang Plaza. Inès de la Fressange jacket, $149.90, from Uniqlo.
Step 2 CHOOSE YOUR DRESSING
Flavour up your suit with your favourite top.
Top down: Top, $370, from Joseph. Top, $59.90, from Mango. Shirt, $109, from H&M.
Step 3 SELECT YOUR TOPPINGS
Flared, cargo, straight-legged… the options are endless and transformative.
Top down: Inès de la Fressange pants, $99.90, Uniqlo. Lela Rose pants, $820, from NET-A-PORTER. Pants, $320, from Sandro.
LOOKS GOOD WITH…
1 Shoes, $56.90, from Charles & Keith. 2 Shoes, $56.90, from Charles & Keith. 3 Bag from Givenchy. 4 Mules, $465, from Marni. 5 Watch, $399, from Calvin Klein Watches.
Give your metallics a break, and throw on one of this season’s stoneinspired danglers
Earrings from Mango.
Earrings, $179, from Calvin Klein Jewellery.
Cult Gaia earrings, $250, from NET-APORTER.
Earrings, $24.90, from Charles & Keith.
Step To The Top
New season work shoes to covet, according to heel heights. You can thank us later
From left to right: Shoes, $1,010, from Bally. Nothing like a trusty pair of leather mules to stay grounded in. Shoes, $485, from ATP Atelier. Get a bit of height going with these chic kitten heels. Shoes, $310, from Diane von Furstenberg. These slingbacks are great to keep under your desk for when the occasion calls. Shoes, $56.90, from Charles & Keith. Geek-chic never looked so stylish, that too with pinstriped loafers. Shoes, $63, from ASOS. Power-strut into the office with checked pumps. Shoes from Saint Laurent. Own the conversation with these vertiginous heels.
The Codes Of Casual
Casual Fridays are tricky because the balance between dress-down and sloppy can be hard to master. We’ve decoded what it means to dress “business casual” for you
FITTED BLAZER + SKINNY JEANS
Keep it smart with a fitted blazer and ladylike accessories.
1 Jacket, $119, from Zara. 2 Sunglasses from Fendi. 3 Dion Lee top, $800, from Club 21 Ladies.
Jeans, $171, from Levi’s.
4 Earrings from kate spade new york. 5 Sarah Flint flats, $1,166, from Farfetch. 6 Karlie Kloss
SLOUCHY KNIT + GRAPHIC SKIRT
Dress up a neutral knit with showstopping accessories.
1 Bracelet with charms, all from Pandora. 2 Earrings, $650, from Balenciaga.
3 Top from Karen Millen. 4 Skirt, $79.90, from Topshop. 5 Olivia Palermo. 6 Boots, $1,495, from Jimmy Choo. 7 Bag from Tory Burch.
BUTTON-DOWN DRESS + SKINNY BELT
Can’t figure out what to wear? Belt into an easy day dress, problem solved.
1 Bag, $500, from Maje. 2 Simon Miller dress, $779, from Farfetch. 3 Rings (set of 3), $299, from Atelier Swarovski. 4 Rose Byrne. 5 Watch, $449, from Michael Kors. 6 Isabel Marant belt, $550, from Club 21 Ladies. 7 Shoes, $93.90, from Pedro.
Depending on how much you need to carry, here are some stylish handbags to help hold everything
From left to Right: Bag, $470, from kate spade new york. Bag, $940, from Furla. Bag, $3,070, from Chloè. Bag from Bally. Bag, $1,486, from Balenciaga.
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