Art of Style

The workwear update: New neutrals

Branch out from gray, black and navy to embrace fashion’s new neutrals: sweet caramel shades, tan tones, checks and even animal prints. Striking the right balance between edgy and effortless, this is the perfect way to reboot your 9-5 look

Jonathan Simkhai FW18

A pale palette

Neutral hues are timeless, but it’s the way you style the pieces together that will give them a modern twist. Tie a crisp white shirt over a demure pleated dress, paired with leather boots and chunky gold hoops, for a boy-meets-girl mix that will work after hours, too.

Animal instinct

Snake-print separates are an unexpected addition to your workwear wardrobe, but they neatly walk the tricky line between classic and cool. Temper the vintage vibes by slicking back your hair and adding ultra-modern accessories; a pair of midi heels and a cult bag in a tonal hue fit the bill.

Autumnal tones

Wearing one color from head to toe isn’t just a guaranteed way to flex your sartorial prowess, it also makes styling so easy that you can hit snooze every morning. Ease into the idea by mixing autumnal shades in the form of wine-colored pants and a love-forever trench coat.

Michael Kors FW18

Heritage fabrics

Checks continue to lead the fashion charge this season. A heritage-style blazer, for example, is a one-step way to up your workwear game. Switch out your go-to black sweaters for a luxe camel turtleneck, add a pleated skirt and a pair of so-now white cowboy boots, then get down to business.

Altuzarra FW18

Touch-me textures

A great blazer is the cornerstone of every corporate closet, and a corduroy version will bring your office look up to speed this fall. Soften the ’70s connotations of the scholarly fabric and add some feminine flair by wearing yours with silk separates, a sparkly skirt and some ladylike mules. It’s a look that says works hard, plays harder.

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