Take a virtual stroll through your favorite store and you’ll probably see a “wear-to-work section” filled with monochrome colors, tailored pantsuits, classic button-downs, and the like. And while this is generally due to dress codes at many workplaces, we think life is simply too short for boring clothes. Besides, work environments have become increasingly relaxed with dress code policy, leaving more room for you to get a little more playful; bending the rules where possible. The simplest way to do so? Classic workplace styles cut from unexpected fabrics, offered in head-turning hues, and unexpected twists.
One example is the high-waisted smart trouser, which is always a workplace winner. The style’s high, cinched waist makes for a flattering silhouette and requires minimal effort to deliver maximally chic results. But instead of turning to the standard gray or black iterations, we suggest something a little more unconventional. Orange Culture’s Cinch OC Pants and Petal Waist Pants, cut from lustrous raw silk in bold shades, are ideal choices for an edgier, night-out ensemble, but teaming them with a timeless white collared shirt and black lace up brogues is suitably tempered down styling for that big meeting.
If elegance is your office style language of choice, there’s quite a lot to be said for the Studio 189 Crossroads Mermaid Skirt. Impeccably hand-crafted from cotton made in Accra, Ghana, it’s a figure-hugging piece that falls into a dramatic fishtail silhouette that wouldn’t look out of place at a cocktail party. But, pair it with a T-shirt tucked in at the waist, and you’ve got a work-ready look that perfectly balances sophistication and ease.
Speaking of ease—you may think wearing a tracksuit to the office is a no-no, but Viviers’ high fashion, ombre styles put an artisanal spin on the streetwear staple, delivering styles that are as comfy as they are stylish. Available as a yellow and gray set, as well as a blue and brown version; they’re perfect for a day spent toiling away behind your computer.
But if you’re limited by a standard issue uniform on a daily basis, turning to unexpected accessories is the key to unlocking a little sartorial freedom. Even the most basic of office attire can be totally transformed with the help of an electrifyingly coloured luxe handbag or OTT statement earring.
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