Every workweek repertoire needs key pieces, so we’ve rounded up five office-ready looks – from the classic to the contemporary – that will put a pep in your weekday step. Don’t just take our word for it, these on-trend pieces come with a celebrity stamp of approval. No need to thank us.
1. The Statement Shirt
The classic button-down shirt has been taken to new heights with sculptural sleeves, mismatched panels, ruffle tiers, lace trims…we could go on. And it will do wonders for your weekday attire.
Go for: A little bit of frill. In the form of a sleeveless silk blouse with pintucks and a ruffled placket. Alternatively try a long sleeve black piece framed with contrast piping, fluid ruffles along the yoke and lightly fluted sleeves.
Wear it with: Tailored black or navy trousers for a modern take on sharp separates.
2. The Drawstring Trousers
They usually boast a flattering wide-leg silhouette, sit high on the waist and are easily dressed up or down, what’s not to love? Plain and simple, drawstring trousers should be a mainstay in your workweek wardrobe for seasons to come.
Go for: A slinky satin pair – as in the ones modelled on the pyjama trend – with a relaxed straight leg cut and thin drawcords.
Wear it with: A lace-trimmed silk camisole under an oversized blazer or leather jacket.
3. The Sharp Shoulder
Nothing says a not-so-subtle throwback to the eighties like puff sleeves in stiff fabrics, and power shoulders. And when it comes to shoulders, the bigger the better.
Try: Supersized suiting. A tailored satin-lapel playsuit with padded shoulder pads needs little else but glossy pumps, or cut-out leather brogues for a dapper turnout. Or for maximum impact, go for a double-breasted blazer with peak lapels, lightly padded shoulders and a nipped-in waist.
Wear it with: Sleek or skinny separates; it’s the best way to balance out your silhouette and avoid looking like you’re en route to the football pitch.
4. The Mono Tone
Tonal dressing – also known as a top-to-toe look in similar hues – has dominated the runways with everything from nudes to deep pinks. Here’s how to make it work for Monday to Friday.
Try: Nudes, earth tones – browns and orange – and every shade of grey if the thought of millennial pink makes you cringe. A cropped loose-fit blouse paired with a figure sculpting skirt will make a chic statement every time.
Wear it with: A same-shade trench coat to complete the look. You can’t go wrong with a short double-breasted style with a belt to cinch the waist.
5. The Standout Slides
Whether they’re candy-coloured, fringed, or polished with pom poms; slides have had a modern makeover and it’s time to embrace them. Casual Fridays just got a whole lot chicer.
Try: An embellished velvet pair for a breakfast meeting or a chunky chain style for an edgier take.
Wear it with: Wide-leg geometric print trousers or leather leggings with a lace camisole and open blazer. Or make like VB herself and pair them with loose denim and a crisp white shirt. Just keep it sock free, friends.