A red suit
Stand out in a sea of gray by opting for a scarlet suit. Championed for FW18 by everyone from established brand Carolina Herrera to emerging label Racil, red was the standout shade of the season. Whether you opt for rich jewel tones or a deep burgundy hue, layer over a cashmere sweater and pair with sleek monochrome accessories. When it’s time to clock off, just add some architectural earrings and leave your to-do list on your desk.
Never underestimate the power of precision-tailored pants – the perfect accompaniment to everything from crisp shirting and romantic, ruffled blouses to classic tees; find the right pair and you’ll wonder what you ever wore before. This season, cast your net wide – leg, that is. Jacquemus’ yellow pants are sure to bring sunshine to rainy days, while The Row’s sophisticated gray slacks will give your look a cool, androgynous edge. Play with proportions and pair yours with second-skin knits and stilettos – all the better to maximize their leg-lengthening properties.
A ladylike bag
Forget your over-stuffed tote and pick up a prim top-handle bag instead. With their clean lines, elegant hardware and deceptively simple design, top-handles by the likes of Valextra, Hunting Season and breaking brand Gu_de will add serious style to your office attire. They’re also deceptively capacious, so even hoarders will be happy.
A navy coat
This season’s most covetable coats have one thing in common: color. Leading labels Chloé, Agnona and Jil Sander are all championing dark blue hues for FW18. Not only is navy perennially chic, the clever cuts and incredible quality of these coats mean they will always be on heavy rotation. Shrug yours on over heritage suiting, cozy turtlenecks and wide-leg pants.
The boyfriend shirt
This wardrobe workhorse has earned its stripes. A mainstay of men’s closets, in recent seasons the banker’s shirt has become a street-style favorite, too. Authenticity is the key to nailing this look: the fit must be oversized and only traditional blue pinstripes will do – see Balenciaga, Cédric Charlier and, of course, Equipment for elevated examples. Wear one to add personality to black cigarette pants, put a grown-up twist on a pinafore dress or smarten up blue jeans.
With heritage fabrics, deep jewel tones and chunky knits all making an appearance on the FW18 runways, the role of accessories this season is to put a modern twist on your look. Enter the bright white pump. Decidedly modern in design – see Tabitha Simmons’ slash shape, Rejina Pyo’s sculptural slingbacks and Saint Laurent’s scoop style – these playful pumps bring a new meaning to the phrase ‘fancy footwork’. Let them breathe new life into somber suiting and tired separates.
The new skirt suit
For FW18, the midi skirt suit is set to reign supreme. From Altuzarra’s pinstripe two-piece to Fendi’s heritage fabrics and Gabriela Hearst’s sherbet set, these form-fitting skirt suits are a guaranteed way to inject your workwear with some old-world glamour. Not only will these directional designs – note the nipped-in waists, deconstructed blazers and bias-cut skirts – allow you to flex your sartorial prowess, the styling decisions are already made, so morning wardrobe dilemmas are avoided entirely. Finish with modern mules to keep the look fresh.
A time turner
A fine watch is the true definition of an investment piece. Not only are these future heirlooms sure to stand the test of time, they’re also guaranteed to add an air of refinement to louche tailoring and crisp, white shirts. Costume jewelry can feel incongruous in an office environment, but a great watch is both practical and precious, making it the perfect addition to your corporate closet.
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