Guest article from Pinstripe & Pearls on how to integrate fashion trends into your work wear if you want to!
Twice a year we are treated to a whole new offering of style inspiration from the world’s biggest designers, who will essentially decide how we dress for the season ahead. Whilst there are some looks that will never make their way into our wardrobes, there are always plenty of ideas out there for some new looks to try. But how can you make them fit into your work wardrobe? We take a look at three of Autumn/Winter 2014’s biggest trends and show you how to work them into your workwear.
The great news for us is that one of the most popular trends for this season is one of the easiest to incorporate them into your office clothes. As seen at Louis Vuitton and Valentino, there are plenty of smart, structured clothes available which have that throwback look with a modern feel. Think patterns in muted colours, monochrome and simple skirt/polo combinations for an easy way to wear the trend in a way which will make you look smart and confident for the office. If you’re a fan of Mad Men, this trend will be perfect for you.
1. Libby London Roxby Circle Print Work Dress. £198
2. Matilda & Quinn Hester Office Skirt, £209
3. Libby London Hadley Blush Pure Silk Top, £95
If you’re fed up of the typical black and white workwear staples, you’ll be pleased to know that shades of grey are a key fashion trend for this season. Grey was big news at Topshop Unique, Michael Kors and Valentino and covered everything from coats and shoes to knitwear and dresses. Make it work for you by mixing with creams and whites and mixing shades of charcoal and lighter grey. Grey is a fantastic shade for the office that will provide you with a number of wardrobe staples to last season after season.
1. Borishade London The Grey Classic Events Dress, £225
2. TCL Victoria Grey Wide Leg Trousers, £95
3. Cocorose London St James Pewter Ballerina Shoes, £145
Forget what you’ve heard about normcore the ‘plainly boring’ trend, as it’s going to be one of the key looks for the season. Another trend which seems geared towards the workplace, Marc Jacobs, Stella McCartney and Margaret Howell are some of the designers who have taken this look to a new level. Featuring cool, loose tailoring and plenty of easy to wear basics, this is a trend in which you can combine existing pieces in your wardrobe with new items to create on-trend, versatile looks. The tailoring keeps the look smart for work and the dark colour palette of black, navy and grey is perfect for winter.
1. NOOSHIN (Savile Row) Maria Black Tuxedo Trousers, £225
2. Multemyr The Sienna Shirt, £285
3. Libby London Windermere Grey Jacket, £190
When choosing which trends to wear to work, it’s important to consider their longevity. Invest in key pieces which can be matched with your basics to keep you work look fresh, but maybe hold off on some trends whilst you wait to assess their impact. Stick to items which you feel comfortable in and that you know are work appropriate, and stay clear of the season’s more ‘out there’ trends, keeping them for evenings and after work.
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