There was a time when workwear simply meant suits, but thankfully these days there’s much more room for manoeuvre. For men working in financial institutions, a suit and a tie may be required, but those working in the public sector or the arts may well be allowed to go open collar.

If you do have some sartorial freedom at work, why not make the most of it by experimenting with new things. Try slim fit trousers with a t-shirt and waistcoat, or team a pair of chinos with a smart tailored jacket. Brogues and boots are very on-trend right now and will look stylish whether you’re wearing a suit or not.

For women, on the other hand, there are endless possibilities. If you’re starting a new job, try to remember what employees were wearing when you went for your interview. Were they all suited up or did they wander around in flip flops?

You can’t go wrong with a pencil skirt and jacket, but it’s good to inject some colour into the ensemble. Floaty fabrics are perfect for softening the look of a fitted skirt, so team yours with a printed blouse in silk or chiffon. Heels show off this look to its best effect, but they needn’t be crippling: go for timeless Mary-Janes, as these will stay on your feet more easily than court shoes.

If you choose a flowing, floaty dress, add some structure with a tailored jacket, or try an on-trend boyfriend blazer for a really stylish contrast. Team with ankle boots and an oversized bag: elegant and practical at the same time.

You may want to limit your jewellery as this can be a bit awkward at work – and can lead to unwanted jangling when you’re at the computer! Instead, choose a single statement piece like a chunky necklace, long earrings or a cocktail ring. This will add a dramatic edge to your outfit without being impractical.

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sonia // daring coco

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