Remember the days when summer holidays were filled with your parents taking you on trips to buy the essentials for the upcoming year? We may have outgrown the “Back to School” sales but why not give your work wardrobe a little update? What you wear to work doesn’t need to be boring. Get creative and try something new to add to your repertoire.  Here are some simple ways to upgrade your office attire:

ROCK THE STAPLES

Having staple pieces in your wardrobe is vital. They allow you to adapt your ensembles by changing little things around it. For example, that well-worn pair of mom jeans can be dressed down with a striped Breton and a pair of your favourite white trainers. However, with a soft blouse, a structured blazer and loafers, they are instantly smartened up. With this is mind, opt for basics that can become the foundation of your wardrobe. A crisp white Oxford shirt, a leather pencil skirt or even a skinny pair of cigarette trousers could be the versatile addition your outfits need.

THE BOLD AND BRIGHT

There is a huge focus on tailoring and bold prints as we head into autumn. Animal print is definitely having a moment, so adding a leopard print dress or a snakeskin blouse to your collection is a sure-fire way to make a statement. If you don’t feel brave enough to rock a wild print, then tartan or stripes are the next best thing. Suits and bright patterns are a perfect match so opt for structured   tailoring that is anything but ordinary.

ACCESSORISE, ACCESSORISE, ACCESSORISE

Adding a finishing touch to your outfit can give it a completely different feel. A suede pair of ankle boots, a bucket bag or an oversized pair of tassel earrings are the perfect accent to finish off your look. Quilted handbags, leather rucksacks and cross-body messenger bags are designs that never go out of style, take a look at secretsales to pick up a wardrobe essential. You could even incorporate some of the bold patterns such as leopard or zebra print to shake up a monochrome outfit.

 

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Rachel is the beauty and fashion director at IDEAL. She loves trying new products and is an avid fan of London's fashion, from the high end to the high street.