Take a base of tailored classics and pepper with on-point pieces for officewear that works as hard as you.
How do you cultivate a wardrobe that can command a room? Cut and fit are the tools to use, beginning with the base – as pictured above. Traditionally, demure grey is rendered sleek in a slimline suit; this kind of lean silhouette, with its shape flattering capabilities, can slip into off-clock mode seamlessly. A slightly more generous cut of coat is an elegant foil to carry the wearer through the practical demands of the day. A savvy and simple route to sartorial success.
The old adage about dressing for the job you want, not the one you have, no longer means suiting up in power shoulders or purely down-to-business, staid colour palettes. The freelance economy and the spirit of tech-world entrepreneurship have laid the groundwork for a whole new mode of dressing. This translates to a relaxing of formal shapes, such as trenches in place of blazers, and prints instead of flat colour. Accessories echo this meeting of ease and refinement. A roomy bag is a holdall for everyday – and the key item to invest in? Slip-on loafers that will take you places.
Cool and collected
In many workplaces, casual Friday has extended its influence beyond the end of the week. Let the laid-back spirit of the weekend filter backwards towards Monday, with a T-shirt that lends a street edge and sneakers that pick up on the easy-going vibe. An elegant fluted skirt grounds the whole thing in the workday world, completing a look that transmits calm and keeps you unflustered in any situation.
The best reinvention is simple. Taking the original pantsuit and breathing a looseness into the conventional working staple leaves room for individual interpretation. Louche pants, blown-up masculine lines and undone shirting are the elements to experiment with this season. To keep things out of overly-relaxed territory, a crisp classic blazer signs off the look.
The evolution of workwear has given rise to a new era of experimentation. Take the bold route with a red accent layered over slimline tracksuit pants, tapping into the mania for ’90s athletica redux that’s everywhere right now. Work sophistication back in with a classic black pump and sleek bag. The final touch? Unabashed confidence.
As seen in JONES Winter Issue #4
Photography by Ben Simpson
Styling by Jessie Aylmore
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