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How to pull together an effortless workwear wardrobe

Guest Editor

The irony of workwear becoming more relaxed is that it can make getting ready more stressful. The good news is that by investing in a few key pieces and experimenting with them to create different outfit combinations, you will make over your work wardrobe – and your morning

woman wearing a white blouse
Woman wearing a trench coat and dress

A camel coat will never let you down

There’s a reason the camel coat is a workwear hero. Simply throw this classic piece over any outfit to instantly elevate your look. A belted version defines your waist and gives your ensemble an air of confidence and purpose.

woman wearing a blazer and palazzo pants

Pinstripe is a neutral

Pinstripe may be the backbone of many stiff boardroom wardrobes, but it's worth looking at in a new light. Look for pinstripes teamed with modern shapes, such as wide-leg trousers, then see how easily they can be used to create several outfits with your existing basics. An unstructured cropped blazer balances the effect of wide-leg trousers or try them with a denim jacket and a simple knit or tee. 

woman in a trench coat and flat shoes

Rethink mules

The perfect day-to-night style and a low-maintenance rival to ache-inducing heels, mules are big news again. Our pick: a flat, black, leather pair with a closed toe. Aside from the obvious benefits (so comfortable), the flattering line of this versatile shoe style ensures that it works as well with a midi skirt as it does with floor-skimming trousers.

woman wearing a white blouse and trousers

Embrace tailored trousers

These are like a blank canvas, looking just as good with a delicate blouse and slingback heels as they do with an oversized blazer and loafer mules. Tailored trousers are surprisingly flattering, defining your waist while elongating your legs. An ankle-grazing length gives this menswear-inspired style a feminine edge – and makes them perfect for showcasing statement shoes.

woman wearing a white blouse and satin skirt

Swap your white shirt for a blouse

A blouse is the ultimate throw-on-and-go piece, easy to dress up or down and infinitely wearable. The colour should be white or cream so that you can pair it with other staples several times a week. Details such as elongated cuffs, an elegant neck tie and flowing hemline all elevate the design and add a touch of personality to your work look.