September signals the start of the fashion calendar. Fashion week is here, magazines bring out their ubiquitous September issues and shops are full of beautiful Autumn/Winter pieces that have you longing for the colder weather. It’s oh so tempting to just go out and blow your budget on new season goodies that will have you topping your office’s best-dressed list. Unfortunately, if you’re just starting out in the fashion industry, your budget probably doesn’t stretch to a full-scale new season overhaul (sob). We spend 261 days a year at work so it makes sense to invest in on-trend pieces that will also be office appropriate, especially if you’re ballin’ on a budget. Here are three key wardrobe updates that will bring some Autumn/Winter newness to your workwear whilst keeping you comfortable, cool and office friendly.
A Trench or Duster Coat
Everybody knows that a good coat can change an outfit and a trench or duster coat always gives me boss babe vibes. The classic shape keeps this piece office appropriate but take cues from the Autumn/Winter trends and go maximalist with print or bold colour – after all you do work in fashion! The new styles look effortlessly pulled together and with so many variations you’re sure to find one that’s right for you. Moreover, they’re lightweight enough to see you through changeable autumn weather and curiously warm commutes.
A Sculptural Heel
Sculptural heels are everywhere this season, so update your wardrobe now! With so many styles, a sculptural heel is an easy nod towards Autumn/Winter trends even if your office has a more corporate dress code. I particularly like the closed toe mule variety, as these will protect your toes from the inevitable wet weather. As with any bold trend don’t get too lost in the sauce! Make sure you buy a pair that are easy to walk in, well made and that you really love. We’re not trying to blow our budgets on frivolities we’ll throw out after one season.
A Scarf Print Shirt
The scarf print is everywhere, just step into Zara, once again highlighting that maximalism is definitely here to stay. A classic button-down shape ensures that you remain workplace friendly whilst still having fun with the trends. It also gives your on-trend scarf print a longer shelf life. I particularly like this piece as you can easily tone down the Versace vibes by simply anchoring the shirt with other neutral pieces, layering it under a jumper or sleeveless dress or opt for a version with a darker background.
There’s nothing worse than buyer’s remorse when you realise the new season gems you’ve picked up can only be worn at the weekends. However, I hope the above tips have shown that with a little careful consideration and mindful shopping you can add some Autumn/Winter newness into your work wardrobe whilst also getting the most bang for your buck with clothes you can wear seven days a week.
Words by Martha Ngatchu