05 Oct, 2023
The 5 Items Every Workwear Wardrobe Needs
#1 A Classic Blazer
A versatile blazer is a workwear prerequisite–almost as hardworking as you are. This season’s most wanted iterations utilise lightweight fabrics that drape across the frame, creating versatile silhouettes that carry you to the boardroom and beyond.
DAY Birger et Mikkelsen’s ‘Hector’ blazer is cut from classic gabardine, a durable twill fabric that is tightly woven for lightweight and soft handling, lined with luminous satin to ensure smooth layering.
A relaxed silk blazer is on every editor’s wishlist, and Silk Laundry excels at creating beautifully cut pieces with a distinct air of nonchalance. Case in point: the brands aptly named ‘Relaxed Blazer’ (now available in new season ‘Midnight’ blue) is finished with a lustrous glow that beautifully showcases its aesthetic in the low evening light of after-work apéritifs. Wear yours with the coordinating pants, also available in our edit, or over workwear-ready dresses.
#2 A Contemporary Waistcoat
There is no doubt that tailored vests are enjoying a Renaissance in 2023, and spring/summer’s most dynamic picks use lighter fabrics and looser fits to contemporise the classic, humble waistcoat.
VERGE’s Land Vest is the perfect option this season. It is crafted from pure linen that is pre-washed to ensure it feels super-soft against the skin and finishes neatly at the hip. Wear yours on top of wide leg linen pants for a client-meeting-ready look, or with jeans on the weekend.
#3 A Timeless Shirt
No capsule workwear wardrobe is complete without a small, but mighty, collection of well-cut, long-sleeved cotton shirts. Worn tucked into wide leg pants, a classic button-up is a simple way to instantly elevate your look.
Nobody shapes shirts as well as LMND; intentionally oversized styles with dropped shoulders, curved hi-lo hem that cuts below the hips, and a neat single chest pocket. Left unbranded, the brand’s ‘Chiara’ shirt, available in a myriad of shades and hues, feels especially elevated in its stripped-back minimalism.
Crafted from crisp organic cotton and garment-dyed for a saturated richness of colour, LMND offers a fuss-free method for incorporating a bright pop of colour into your workwear wardrobe– note the new season shades ‘Raspberry’ and ‘Candy’ as standout options.
#4 A Luxe Midi Skirt
The epitome of hard-working style, the humble midi skirt is a true workwear must-have. Whether you opt for a tailored cotton style, or a floaty silk slip silhouette, a luxe skirt will effortlessly tide you from dawn-to-dusk with a considered sense of balance.
Morrison’s Sojourne Skirt is the kind that you will keep in your wardrobe for seasons to come. The cut is a flattering A-line silhouette that flares out from a fitted elasticated waistband, finished with contrast white stitching that outlines the crisp cotton poplin silhouette.
Alternatively, Silk Laundry’s Long Bias Cut Slip Skirt is a sleek, comfortable option that makes a quiet yet ideal fashionable statement. Made from pure silk, it has a comfortable elasticated waist and a subtle A-line silhouette and has been cut on the bias for an effortless drape and natural stretch.
#5 A Versatile Midi Dress
Timeless, versatile, and elegant; a midi-length summer dress is the easiest method to achieve a put-together polish. For the office, look towards this slightly more tailored style–think collared shirt dress styles that can be dressed-up or down with accessories of gold accents and heeled mules.
Our editor’s pick for all-day polish? Friend of Audrey’s Lilibert Linen Dress, cut from pure linen to create a flowing silhouette with a round neck and wide shoulder straps that hold a gathered, panelled bodice. The lightweight linen drapes into an A-line silhouette, finishing at an ankle-skimming hem–style team with flats during the day, and switch to heels for the evening.