Workwear and suiting were seen in abundance on the recent Fall 2019 runways. Despite the prediction that half of the UK workforce will be freelance by 2020, there is something alluring about the idea of getting dressed for the office. For me, it all started when watching American legal drama ‘Suits’ and seeing strong female characters like Jessica Pearson command presence in her power suits and court shoes. Rather than viewing the smart suit as an oppressive piece of clothing, I was captivated by the idea of wearing a uniform to work rather than my usual combination of jeans and a t-shirt.
So, whether your office requires you to wear a classic suit or your dress code allows you to rock up in your gym gear (if you so wish), then I’ve picked out my favourite Instagram accounts to ‘suit’ all work occasions.
If you live in London, it’s highly likely that you’re commuting into work on the daily. It’s from this need for comfort that athleisure has infiltrated into the workwear scene and seen trainers become a staple part of office attire. As summer is around the corner, consider wearing a sporty short suit to work like Sandra from @filis_pina – see our article on How To Wear a Summer Short Suit in the Office for further inspiration. The matching neutral tones make this look appear well considered whilst the oversized shorts with the fitted blazer perfectly mix both comfort and style. Is this something that you would wear to work?
Slip dresses have long been a staple item in any workwear wardrobe for their versatility and chicness. Sara from @harperandharley is the queen of minimalist chic, after all, who said simplicity meant understated? When headed for cocktails with friends or work colleagues after hours, throw a long coat over a maxi satin slip dress and switch out the trainers for some strappy heeled sandals. While in the office, try pairing with a matching blazer for a tonal look or layer a thin turtleneck or simple tee underneath.
By now, you may have figured that I have a soft spot for a good neutral suit and Annemiek of @modeamour is known for her love of oversized blazers and neutral, beige tones. A power suit can instantly give you that extra boost of confidence, perfect for wearing for that meeting you’ve been dreading. Also, don’t be afraid of a padded shoulder, juxtapose the harsh lines with a relaxed pant and smart, flat shoes to soften the overall look.
External Work Event
Restyle your everyday, office attire simply by updating your shirt. Oumayma from @oumaymaboumeshouli is known for her quirky and inventive ways of layering pieces and her penchant for oversized blazers. Here, take inspiration by unbuttoning an oversized, classic white shirt and tieing it into a knot at the bottom, then making a v-neck at the top. How low you go can vary depending on what the event is and what you feel most comfortable with. When it comes to dressing for confidence, feeling comfortable is key.
Work From Home
This is probably the outfit that I gravitate towards wearing most days to work as my office has a very relaxed dress code. However, even when working remotely or from home, it’s important to still get dressed for the day ahead so that you can feel ready and focused to be your most productively. I love looking at Hannah from @cocobeautea for her variations on the simple jeans and a tee look. For accessories, add a structured black work bag to pull together any workwear look.
Last but not least, a blazer and pencil skirt form the basis of any workwear wardrobe. If you want to remain on trend this season, then update your mini skirt in a shiny leather material to mirror the runway looks, like TyLynn from @tylynnnguyen has done here. Switch out the sheer top for a simple blouse to make the look office appropriate.
So whether you’re heading to a meeting or out for drinks with the girls, I hope that you’ve found some new accounts that offer you some fresh workwear inspiration! Which were your favourite looks?
Words by Heather Ibberson