How To Build A Workwear Wardrobe

In terms of fashion, Autumn is a time for reinvention – September is a major month in the industry when we see main collections from the most influential designers, and the changing of seasons seems the perfect time for revamping your own wardrobe. Autumn doesn’t come without it’s predicaments, the weather especially leaves us wondering whether or not to wear clothes more suited to summer or winter. With the added dimension of trying to integrate Autumn wear into your work wardrobe, updating your clothing for the coming months might seem like a daunting task, but fear not! There are certain pieces that are must have items in your daily workwear collection, we’ve picked the best items that will work perfectly for the season, and for the occasion.

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The Tea Dress

The tea dress is ideal for Autumn as it can be worn with tights, ankle boots and a jacket – black tights and a smart jacket will smarten things up for work, and the layers can be taken off as and when the weather changes.

The Smart Dress

A smart dress that makes you feel like an absolute boss is an essential part of any woman’s wardrobe, regardless of the season. The same principal applies here as with the tea dress – chose a dress that can be worn with tights for when the temperature drops, but with short sleeves or straps so if the weather stays mild you can wear it jacketless and still be comfortable.

The Not-Quite-A-Jacket Cover Up

This is to wear to work when you don’t want to feel as formal as wearing a blazer, but you still need to throw something over a top to keep the cold out. A cardigan, a blazer in a lightweight fabric and with a unstructured finish, or a kimono is the answer – add one of these to your Autumn workwear wardrobe and you’ll find yourself reaching for it time and time again.

The Lightweight Jumper

You’ll need a jumper that isn’t quite going to cut it when Christmas starts rearing its’ head. A slightly oversized jumper in a thin knit is a way of keeping the look modern and stylish, and worn with tailored trousers, can be smart enough for workwear.

The Ankle Boots

Autumn just wouldn’t be Autumn if we didn’t dust off our ankle boots and say goodbye to our sandals. A good pair of ankle boots are worth investing in as they’ll see you through to mid-Spring. A classic black leather pair are never going to go out of style, but if work allow a little more freedom when it comes to dress code, a red pair or leopard print pair will lift any outfit.

The Court Shoes

Heeled court shoes are a staple whatever the weather or occasion, but update them for the season by adding a pair to your wardrobe in autumnal tones or fabrics – think burgundy, maroon, chocolate, plum and navy colours in exquisite suede, to really give your workwear an autumnal vibe.

The Lightweight Bomber Jacket

Bomber jackets are bang on trend this season, which is great news for anyone wanting to update their Autumn workwear. Invest in a lightweight bomber jacket in a ‘sensible’ colour to keep work happy, and in a silk, or leather effect fabric to keep your inner fashionista happy. It should be more substantial than the cover up we mentioned earlier, but not quite heavy enough to be a winter coat.

The Tailored Trouser

There are a million different cuts of trouser, so find one that suits your body shape. Whatever cut that might be, investing in a good pair of tailored trousers is a must as they will quickly become one of your most treasured wardrobe pieces. Wear with a cami top and jumper, flats, heels, smart shirts, a bomber jacket – they can be worn with anything and dressed up or dressed down.

The Accessories

Now, we don’t need anymore excuses to go and buy accessories, but buying a new scarf for autumn is almost a right of passage when the leaves start turning techi-colour and the Pumpkin Spice lattes start coming out. A large, square scarf that can be styled over a blazer or Mac is always a winner, add a little splash of colour to workwear with something that can be easily removed during office hours. Rose gold is a trend that seems set to stay for the foreseeable future and updating your workwear with some simple jewelry is an inexpensive solution – rose gold metals will set off red autumn tones beautifully.

When it comes to deciding what will be practical for work and the season, without compromising on style, consider picking classic and versatile pieces. Tops that can be layered, trousers than can be worn with heels or flats, and jackets that can be worn in Autumn and then again in the Spring are all key components of nailing dressing well at work right up until Christmas!