For tips for updating your workwear wardrobe
The days are finally getting longer and those temperatures are slowly climbing upwards. Maybe you’ve left the house a few times without a winter coat these last few weeks, braving the chilly start to the days and enjoying milder afternoons. Workwear, naturally, is the thing most of us will want to update the most as winter is left behind. Best way to go about it? Well, we’re fans of a quiz around here so discover some style pointers by answering a few easy questions to find out your perfect workwear style. Otherwise, we have a list of suggestions for the pieces that are guaranteed to update your workwear wardrobe for spring.
The white shirt
No matter where you work, a white shirt is almost guaranteed to serve you well. It’s classic for a reason, adding instant professionalism to any outfit. Should your wardrobe already house one or two shirts, check that they’re not faded or yellowing as can often happen with shirts that have been through the wash a few too many times.
Style-wise, you have a lot of choices. A classic Oxford shirt looks equally good with trousers and skirts whilst its straight cut also looks good dressed down with jeans and sneakers. Details like frills and embroidery are very in for the spring season and are a great way to add subtle feminine details to office outfits that can skew too formal or, let’s face it, dull.
Most of us will reach for a pair of trousers when getting dressed in the morning – there’s just not beating their instant professionalism and comfort. Adding culottes to your trouser selection could be game-changing; they’re impossibly chic, thanks to a typically high-waist fit and flattering cut, without any compromises on comfort. Culottes are spring’s trouser of choice as they’re usually cropped just above the ankle, making them perfect for sunnier days.
You’ve probably spotted more than one store displaying animal print pieces, and it’s not just leopards that we’re imitating now. This season is a bit of a wild safari when it comes to print: tiger, giraffe, cheetah, and snake. There’s no need to shy away from these prints at work. The trick to pulling this off is to pick expensive-looking fabrics and to stay away from brash colour combination. Instead, keeping the palette neutral and earthy will make it much more wearable for the everyday. Think a muted snake print shirt with some cropped trousers and a low heel. If in doubt, then stick to accessories: a pair of leopard heeled pumps is never going out of fashion.
Chances are that most of your winter coats are either black, grey, or navy. Those colours are forever chic and practical but they don’t exactly say spring. A typical outfit can be updated instantly with a change of coats. Camel, whether light or dark, works for spring; beige and white is brave if you’re taking public transport though the risk is worth the refreshing effect. Not quite ready to make the leap? A light grey coat is usually a good compromise as it still brings an element of brightness to an office outfit.
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