Refresh your work wardrobe

Refresh your work wardrobe

Well, we’re mid-way through January and most of us are back to our work routines (yay?). Whether you just need a boost to survive the 9-to-5 or your post-Christmas diet is paying off and you want to try out some new styles, this is the perfect time for a refresh on your work wardrobe! For a positive mindset to start the New Year off right, and to beat the January blues at the office, there’s nothing more motivational than looking (and feeling!) ready for a fresh start. Ready? Here are our top picks for new workwear staples:


patterned maxi dress


The patterned maxi dress

It’s time to rethink the patterned maxi dress. Yes, they may remind you of holidays in the sun (not that there’s anything wrong with that!), but a sophisticated maxi dress in cooler tones for the winter months can look perfect. Try teaming one up with opaque tights and knee-high boots, or smart trainers and a leather jacket for a dressed down look. It’s easy to throw on first thing in the morning, is surprisingly versatile, and will be a refreshing change from trousers and tops. This one ticks all the boxes.

Frilled pair of trousers




The frill trouser

For too long, work trousers have been the unsung heroes of the workwear wardrobe – no more! Now, trousers steal the spotlight – make a statement piece with this frilled pair of trousers. The high-waisted cut is super-flattering and the frills fall in all the right places. Top these with a smart shirt or white tee tucked in, a fitted blazer and some court shoes – smart, professional, and feminine – just the thing to rock the workwear look in the new year!



Winter Florals

Not just for springtime anymore, florals and patterns have been back in a big way this winter. Take this Myleene Klass blouse, for instance – it will bring a pop of colour into your cold-weather wardrobe, a refreshing change amongst all of your greys, navys and blacks. The cooler palette works perfectly for the season – try pairing this top with a pair of high-waisted black culottes or leather trousers for a divine desk-to-dinner look!




The Coatigan

What can we say about the coatigan other than it’s an absolute hero in any winter wardrobe?  This piece from Lost Ink is a fine example: it’s stylish yet comfortable, practical for the colder months, and it can hide a multitude of sins. What’s more, it can sub in for a jacket at the office, a lightweight coat out of doors, and a cosy cover-up to your workout gear to and from the gym. Throw one on over any outfit and instantly elevate your look. It’s a must-have!



A Statement Shoe

Sometimes all we need is a new pair of spectacular shoes to lift our spirits and bring new life to any outfit. Let your shoes do the talking with this gorgeous checked boot with a block heel by River Island. Upgrade your work outfit in a flash by pairing this check pattern –- a huge trend this season – with some black or grey cigarette trousers for an instant wardrobe refresh.


The Go-To Black Boot

If there is one thing that your work wardrobe (…and your casual wardrobe, and your going-out wardrobe…) can’t live without, it is the perfect pair of black ankle boots. Supremely versatile, easy to dress up or down, and so comfy to step out in first thing in the morning – yet they still look incredibly smart. Go on, name one winter outfit that these wouldn’t go with!



The simplest yet most effective way to really make an impact with your work wardrobe would have to be elegant tailoring (especially for those of you who work at more conservative offices or are interviewing for a new job). A gorgeous blazer that fits you to a tee, or an impeccable pair of cigarette trousers can make any outfit – and you – look classic, confident, and well put together. This black blazer is a great addition to your wardrobe, and the on-trend button cuff detailing adds a bit of subtle flair. Now you look the part, go get that promotion!



Our dream item of work clothing would be something that’s minimal fuss and ultra-comfy, yet is suitable for work. Something we don’t have to think much about as we get dressed in the dark every morning, yet makes us look spectacularly ready to face the day. A jumpsuit might just fill that bill – it’s just about the easiest and quickest thing that you can throw on for work, yet looks professional and smart. This River Island Plus wrap jumpsuit is super-flattering with the belted waist and wrap over top. Honestly, it does all the work for you. Just add a pair of boots or court shoes and you’re good to go!


THE bag

Choosing a work bag can be hard. It needs to be smart, stylish, hard-wearing but also practical enough to see you through the commute and the workday. What’s more, it has to be comfortable to carry – we all know the pain of shoulder bag straps that keep slipping down our arms – and chock full of lovely little places to store your phone, keys, and emergency chocolate without having to reach around in your bag for 20 minutes before you find what you need. In short, this Radley bag has it all. With its timeless style, accessible and well-placed compartments, finest-quality materials, and impeccable construction, this is a bag you’ll have for a lifetime.


A white shirt

Last but certainly not least, is the white shirt – perhaps the very definition of a wardrobe staple, and a part of every woman’s work uniform since time began, it’s something that will never go out of style. The ruffle front blouse we’ve selected is a quirky and fun twist on the original “crisp white shirt”, with its girlie ruffle detailing. It would be perfect teamed with a high-waisted mini-skirt and tights or your favourite work trousers. Bonus – it will look super-cute with jeans on Dress-Down Friday!





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