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6 easy workwear fashion updates

Is your working wardrobe up to the job this season? Make the office hallway your runway in FW18’s smart and stylish 9-to-5 looks, starring Korean stylist SHINI PARK

Photography Shini Park and Simon SchmidtStyling Marian Nachmia
Fashion
Coat The Row; shirt and pants Joseph; boots Stuart Weitzman; earrings Jennifer Fisher; tote Marni; mini bag Acne Studios

FORM & FUNCTION

“I’m not scared of color but I am more attracted to earthy tones, neutrals and khaki, and I wear a lot of utility pieces. A matching khaki shirt and pants is such a modern take on a suit and so easy and comfortable. My work involves a lot of movement, so I tend to go for pieces that let me move around. A trench coat is timeless and it covers all manner of sins as well. Underneath you can be wearing something oversized, boxy or tight; pop a trench coat on top and belt it and you’ve immediately got your look.”

L-R: Shirt and pants Joseph; boots Stuart Weitzman; mini bag Acne Studios; pumps Rejina Pyo; tote Marni; mini bag Acne Studios
When I want to feel powerful, I resort to comfortable workwear: high-waisted pants, a good top and a pair of boots or brogues. I don’t like being slowed down
  • The Row
    Triana cotton-twill trench coat
    $2,790.00
  • Jennifer Fisher
    Hammock gold-plated earrings
    $550.00
  • Joseph
    Ozzy wool-gabardine shirt
    $645.00
  • Joseph
    Rone wool-gabardine wide-leg pants
    $565.00
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’70s CHIC

“My wardrobe is quite solidly based on a ‘borrowed from the boys’ aesthetic, and I’ll add little pops of color with quirky details or a feminine element. A blouse is a great place to add something with a bit of surprise, like a beautiful long sash necktie, plus it’s fun when your outfit moves in the wind ­– it gives your look a bit more joie de vivre. I love the idea of a suit but I tend to wear tailored separates rather than a whole ensemble. High-waisted pants and a pair of boots are my go-to uniform, whether I’m on a shoot or on appointments.”

L-R: Blouse The Row; bag Fendi; quilted bag Balenciaga; blazer and pants Gabriela Hearst
I used to be a high-heels person, but now I can’t live without mid-heel boots that you can run for a bus or go to a client meeting in
  • Tibi
    Double-breasted plaid crepe mini dress
    $795.00
  • CALVIN KLEIN 205W39NYC
    Bonnie grosgrain-trimmed leather shoulder bag
    $1,390.00
  • Isabel Marant
    Pussy-bow washed-crepe blouse
    $460.00
  • Gabriela Hearst
    Beatrice fold-over wool straight-leg pants
    $1,025.00
Blouse The Row; pants Gabriela Hearst; boots and bag Calvin Klein 205W39NYC
Coat A.W.A.K.E.; dress Ellery; ring Monica Vinader; bag Victoria Beckham

WINTER WHITES

“It’s an unexpected choice, but white can look so beautiful in winter. There’s something about the cold weather that brings out the crispness of the color. It has so much presence when it’s in thick or structured fabrics, especially when it’s layered under a winter coat in a dark shade. I’m outside a lot dealing with the weather in London [where I now live], so I’m an outerwear person. There’s something so universal about a great coat – I always look for timeless pieces that aren’t seasonal. I go for a slightly oversized shape and wear something basic underneath if I want to make a statement, or I choose a slinky, minimalist coat and transform it with the help of accessories.”

L-R: Coat A.W.A.K.E.; dress Ellery; bag Victoria Beckham; sandals The Row; watch Cartier
A perfect workwear outfit involves functional basics with anything that says, ‘I’m also fun’ on the side
  • Stella McCartney
    Oversized herringbone wool coat
    $2,195.00
  • Victoria Beckham
    Eva leather shoulder bag
    $1,510.00
  • Monica Vinader
    Riva Wave Cross gold vermeil diamond ring
    $290.00
  • Cartier
    Ballon Bleu de Cartier 36.6mm 18-karat gold and stainless steel watch
    $8,650.00

CHECKS AND BALANCE

“I love heritage checks and tweed – anything that’s inspired by gentlemen’s tailoring. The prints are more impressive than a simple solid color and they make a statement, but they also feel safe because they’re so traditional. In order to make them feel more modern, I like to add something tougher with a touch of tomboy to them: retro-shaped glasses have a masculinity that lends an edge to a more feminine look.”

L-R: Sweater Vince; skirt Gucci; glasses Givenchy; bag JW Anderson; boots The Row; scarf (in hair) Chloé
I often resort to makeup to give my look a lift because a red lip can make a big difference, whereas a pair of stilettos might not work all day
  • Givenchy
    Aviator-style stainless steel optical glasses
    $275.00
  • JW Anderson
    Textured-leather bucket bag
    $1,330.00
  • Gucci
    Pleated houndstooth wool-blend skirt
    $1,600.00
  • Chloé
    Paisley-print silk-twill scarf
    $180.00
Sweater Vince; skirt Gucci; boots The Row; bag JW Anderson
Sweater A.W.A.K.E.; dress Joseph

DRESS FOR SUCCESS

“When it comes to dresses, I never go for anything that’s tight-fitting – I prefer a looser, mid-length shape. A really brilliant dress like this one by Joseph can stand alone, but it’s also easy to add interest by wearing it over a pair of pants or by layering an amazing knit over the top. It’s so comfortable and gives a great, unexpected shape to the dress. I’d add knee-high winter boots that slouch satisfyingly when you wear them; they’re so functional because they’re tall and warm.”

Sweater A.W.A.K.E.; pearl necklace Mounser; necklace Alighieri; dress Joseph; boots Miu Miu; bag Saint Laurent
Start with a classic silhouette and then add flare via fashion pieces, whether it’s the latest shoe trend with a classic suit or tailored pants with a dress over the top
  • A.W.A.K.E.
    Oversized cutout wool turtleneck sweater
    $475.00
  • Mounser
    Pagoda gold-plated pearl necklace
    $245.00
  • Preen by Thornton Bregazzi
    Nita ruffled floral-print stretch-crepe midi dress
    $785.00
  • Alighieri
    The Rumours gold-plated necklace
    $265.00

LAYERS TO LOVE

“Layering is one of my go-to techniques when it comes to defeating unpredictable weather. It’s also a fun way of including different textures and moving parts into your outfit. Right now, I love adding a silk blouse on top of a rigid turtleneck because it creates a beautiful shape when you move. It can be difficult to find the right pair of leather pants but it’s worth the hard work because you’ll end up wearing them for years. They’re functional as well as fashionable and they fit with every trend; I love wearing a pair underneath a dress so that I can crouch, kneel and do anything I want.”

L-R: Blazer Calvin Klein 205W39NYC; shirt Theory; sweater Goldsign; pants Isabel Marant; earrings Leigh Miller; bag Loewe; beret Clyde
For work, I like classic bag shapes that are minimal with great structure rather than slouchy; they feel more professional
  • CALVIN KLEIN 205W39NYC
    Double-breasted Prince of Wales checked wool and silk-blend blazer
    $2,400.00
  • Leigh Miller
    Two-Tone Bubble gold-tone and white bronze hoop earrings
    $185.00
  • Theory
    Sunaya stretch-silk shirt
    $245.00
  • Goldsign
    The Rib stretch cotton-blend turtleneck top
    $200.00
Blazer Calvin Klein 205W39NYC; shirt Theory; sweater Goldsign; pants Isabel Marant; loafers Re/Done; earrings Leigh Miller

A HARD-WORKING CLOSET

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