It’s been precisely 10 months since I worked in a corporate environment. I used to love expanding my work wear wardrobe and adding new pieces each season. Before I created Duchess of Fashion roughly 70% of my wardrobe was formal wear (that’s what happens when you’re stuck inside an office 5 days a week), some of my favourite stores were H&M, Primark and ASOS for my office uniform.
Towards the end of my career I remember my wardrobe lacking creativity and becoming extremely monotonous and boring!
Thankfully office wear has come on leaps and bounds recently and now Coast have released a new collection called the Friday Collection styled by my style icon Olivia Palermo! The 22-piece collection has a variety of clothing to choose from including jackets, shirts, skinny jeans, knitwear, skirts and embroidered tops. For that reason alone I had to get my hands of a few items to share with you all.
For me work wear is all about looking presentable, whilst still feeling comfortable. There’s nothing worse than being stuck in an office for 8 hours feeling uncomfortable and restrictive. Here are my 3 key tips for taking for work wear uniform to next level this autumn!
Invest in Unique Shirts
Investing in unique shirts is a nice way to add a little creative flair to your work wear outfit. I know how rushed weekday mornings can be and the last thing you need is to waste time curating innovative outfits. That’s why having a few distinctive shirts to choose from will look as though you’ve spent ages putting an outfit together, when in reality it took all of 5 minutes! I’d recommend going for shirts with flared sleeves/cuffs, shirts with cutout details and shirts with heavy embellishment. I went for the Lowie Volume Sleeve Shirt from the Friday Collection. The statement mesh sleeves look bold and edgy, whilst the gold cufflinks add a touch of class to the shirt.
Invest in Statement Outerwear
When it comes to outerwear for work, blazers and smart jackets are the best options. Thick heavy coats are essential for your daily commute, however you might still need some extra layers inside the office especially in autumn/winter. I’d recommend investing in a few patterned blazers such as floral or plaid prints to make your outfit stand out. Sleeveless waistcoats or capes are also great options and not to mention a nice change from the common blazer. I went for the Karyn Jacket from the Friday Collection, a great jacket for keeping your outfit as sleek and elegant as possible. Although it’s black, the flared sleeves and gold military style buttons definitely makes it the perfect statement piece for the office.
Invest in Classic Shoes
This is a simple one, when it comes to work wear your shoes should be as simple and low-key as possible. There’s no point in buying the latest metallic, cut-out heels because it simply won’t work for the office. I’m also not a fan of cheap, poorly made shoes either; I personally like to opt for designer shoes, however there are plenty of high-quality affordable heels on the high street too. I remember my first ever pair of work shoes were Gucci platform heels I bought in Texas, I loved them to bits and wore them continuously for 2 years straight! Then I finally bit the bullet and bought my first ever pair of Loubs back in 2014, although I soon realised my Louboutins weren’t half as comfortable as my Gucci heels. I’d recommend investing in a natural pair of calf-leather heels (no patent heels), make sure the heel height is below 100cm for comfort and have two colour options, one black and one nude for variety.
Shop the Post
White Shirt | Coast
Skirt | H&M
Shoes | Christian Louboutin
Handbag | Gucci
Black Jacket | Coast
Dress | Topshop
Shoes | Christian Louboutin
Handbag | Givenchy