During London Fashion Week, collections introduced the working woman as their new muse for 2013. Many of the top designers including Richard Nicoll, Victoria Beckham and Stella McCartney featured workwear inspired pieces. High fashion usually prefers to exhibit more concept, couture designs however, this season the runway was full of knee length dresses, pencil skirts, shirts and tailoring. With the help of these designers workwear has gone far beyond the standard 2 piece suit. Alongside this, the ever increasing competitiveness of the corporate environment means that it is more important than ever to dress for success.
The Boyfriend Cut
Boyfriend fit or oversized pieces have been gracing the catwalks. Jumpers, cardigans, shirts have all been featured heavily, to translate this into suitable workwear choose an oversized jacket or a boyfriend fit blazer. They seem to be available everywhere and in every colour of the rainbow. Choosing a muted colour such as oxblood or cobalt will add a bit of colour to your wardrobe yet keep it formal and functional.
The ‘Boyfriend’ cut fits really well with slim fitting cropped trousers. To be really on top of the trend, make sure that you choose a pair that shows the ankle. They are really smart and very versatile, they also suit most body shapes. Teamed with a pair of court shoes they will give the illusion of elongated legs, this classic shape will also look great for seasons to come.
Peplum this is another really hot trend. The cut is really flattering and suits most body shapes as it cuts in at the waist, so it could be a wardrobe staple. It also combines really well with some of the trends mentioned before. With a waist belt the cut will accentuate your natural curves and give a really polished tailored look when combined with a jacket and a pencil skirt.
Footwear and Accessories
Shoes and accessories are an important part of any outfit, the smaller details really do count. When choosing shoes for work it is important that they are well fitting comfortable, all day suitable women’s shoes were again seen on the catwalk. Court shoes with a point are really on trend at the moment, plus they are really work appropriate. Try to choose shoes with a platform at the front this way your shoes can have more of a heel but will remain comfortable. Another accessory that is really in at the moment are collars, adding one to any top works really well just to update any look. Embellished collars in particular are really popular and can be found everywhere on the highstreet, and can easily be adapted for workwear instead of a necklace.
When choosing workwear it is recommended that you choose neutral, muted tones. Try and stick to one colour palate this way you will easily be able to mix and match your wardrobe. Workwear doesn’t have to be dull and uninteresting, if you keep up to date with the latest trends they can often be adapted for your office wardrobe to keep you looking functional yet stylish.