A statement suit
From Gabriela Hearst’s graphic checks to Chloé’s playful printed velvets, this season’s new suits might be professional but that doesn’t mean they scrimp on personality. Wear one and you don’t have to put any thought into getting dressed, other than making sure your dry-cleaning is done. When it comes to accessories, keep it simple: sculptural mules will match your two-piece’s modern edge.
The new pencil skirt
Victoria Beckham, Calvin Klein and Balenciaga are breathing new life into this iconic piece for SS18 in the form of pastel shades, touch-me textures and Prince of Wales checks. But while these skirts might be souped-up, some things never change – a crisp white shirt is still the perfect accompaniment.
A blazer dress
It’s unusual to see something totally new come down the runway, and not only do this season’s hybrid blazer dresses feel innovative, they also have the potential to overhaul your corporate closet. The all-business top half means you can afford to let the hemline go higher, but remember this one rule: kitten-heel height is as high as you should go.
Admittedly this is a divisive choice, but with the wealth of options on offer right now – from Givenchy to Miu Miu to Chloé – now is the time to sport a pair of shorts. Get nostalgic with Tibi’s checked short suits, or if you’re looking for a longer cut, Givenchy’s knee-length design is the way to go. Shorts aren’t an obvious office choice, so overcompensate with accessories: slingback sandals will give the look a grown-up feel.
Playing with proportion is a risk-free way to elevate your 9-to-5 appearance. Temper the drama of voluminous pants by pairing them with second-skin knits or a tank top. Ballet pumps look great with Lemaire’s chic culottes, and if you’re drawn to Chloé’s ’70s-inspired flares, make sure to add a heel to maximize their leg-lengthening powers.
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