Work wonders with your office wardrobe just in time for winter
Now that we've been suddenly plunged into the dark depths of winter, it's time to revisit our work wardrobes, replace sleeveless tops for sweaters and make sure our office attire is weather, and water, ready.
This year's winter clothing lines look very promising, with some bringing a much needed injection of glamour into the often mundane work wear category.
That said it is hard not to become somewhat regimented when you dress for work in the morning, especially when it still looks like the middle of the night outside.
By adapting your existing closet, adding tights and swapping slouchy t-shirts for knitwear, you can create your own individual sense of style when it comes to work wear.
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When it comes to tailoring, it doesn't all have to be drab shirts and plain suits. Go for brighter colour suits or team staple shirts with a pencil skirt and monochrome trousers instead of standard work trousers.
If darker suits are a must for you, it all has to be about the accessories. Statement collar necklaces and striking shapes will add shine to go-to outfits.
To successfully achieve the androgynous look opt for brogues instead of heels.
If however you're a girly girl at heart and prefer feminine shapes and style, try softening sharp, structured styles with mellow hues such as mint green, baby blue and delicate peaches. And if power suits aren't your bag, fear not. Animal prints, clever jumpsuits and even leather can work at work.
Heritage style prints, stripes and tartans are also key pieces to be stored in the autumn/winter wardrobe. "Tartan blouses can liven up a pair of fitted black trousers, and for the super confident, try clashing prints," says Barron.
Don't be afraid of bringing jewellery into your work look, either but be sure to keep it appropriate.
Far from looking dated, pearls worn in the right way can add an edgy elegance to office wear. But if you're looking for something more modern, chunky rings and ornate collars could be the answer to your prayers. When it comes to shoes too, pumps and boots ooze office chic.
If you need added oomph, and inches though, it's time to dig out some sleek heels to liven up plain outfits. For me though, when it comes to footwear that can cope with the office and the elements, only heeled ankle boots will do.
A chunky heel will still add those inches while ankle high leather will eliminate the chances of arriving at work with wet feet.