Five Ways To Reinvent Your Work Wardrobe

Emma Read

Fashion Stylist

If you’re back on the hustle and grind, chances are that holiday zen has well and truly drifted into the horizon. The sting of PHB (post-holiday blues) hits hard grabbing a midday salad over a spritz, but there’s plenty to be invigorated by heading back desk-side. No more ill-fitting black and nondescript heels this year, ladies – dressing for the office should never feel like work, so bring that boardroom to life with our five tips below.


There’s a reason suiting is a perennial workwear staple – it’s flattering, errs on the right side of conservative and allows you to get through your day with ease (minus any skirt tugging). However, a sea of black on black on black does not a promotion make. You have room to move here creatively, so take it – try a subtle printed trouser with a femme blouse, balanced out with a traditional structured blazer (Joseph does incredible tailoring for work that’ll last you an entire career). The personality-plus among us can dabble in a head-to-toe print – again, think subtle, as you don’t want to stand out for all the wrong reasons. If you’re unsure, think of workwear like dressing for a wedding, for example – you want to look polished and sophisticated, but not attempting to overpower the Bride.

Country Road jacquard trousers, $199,

Witchery navy soft blouse, $99.95,

Witchery classic navy blazer, $249.95,

Veronica Beard ‘Eva’ checked blazer, $718.47,

Veronica Beard ‘Farrow’ checked trousers, $445.66,


We know, we know – it’s a very repetitious rant, that of introducing colour, but this year you simply can’t dodge it. Colour is everywhere this season, so finding a tone for you is integral for a workwear refresh should you generally sit in a more neutral zone (read our guide to wearing colour here). Victoria Beckham is a master of colour in the office – think a crisp white shirt with a pink trouser, head-to-toe red layered with sky blue shirting, burnt orange trousers with tailoring. Start on the high street if it’s new territory, then build.

Stylist’s Tip: The Iconic’s dedicated workwear store is an expertly curated mix of basics and fashion-forward separates, or try Zara for a poppy cheap and cheerful update.


Joseph ‘Arran’ dress, $740,

H&M wide-leg trousers, $59.99,

Viktoria & Woods trench coat, $490,

Witchery satin slip skirt, $179.95,


The humble white shirt has resurfaced all statement-piece on us, quietly embarking on a pseudo-makeover last season into a more experimental phase. Still as dependable as ever, but with a bit more charisma – say a billowing sleeve, a wrap detail, a mish-mash of fabrications in amongst the straightforward silhouette. The perfect update against a tried-and-trusted pencil skirt or suit.

Stylist’s Tip: Try shopping on The Undone – it’s the perfect minimalist curation of workwear pieces all under one online roof.


Joseph ‘Arran’ cowl-neck shirt, $400,

Zimmermann ‘Painted Heart’ shirt, $650,

Sass & bide ‘Chromograph’ shirt, $190,

Christopher Esber buttonless v-neck shirt, $590,


Once the ugly stepsister of the corporate heel (or simply a vessel to safely run for public transport), the power flat is shaking off that dowdy preconception. Sneakers that double duty in the office? You bet. Sculptural pointy-toes, ankle-wraps, prints, bows, embellishment – it all goes down a treat with a white shirtdress or your everyday neutrals. For a more flattering silhouette, best to stick to dresses and skirts to give the ankle a little airtime.


H&M white dress with tie belt, $44.99,

Saba ‘Kelsey’ satin sneakers, $109,

Gucci ‘Marmont’ metallic cracked leather slippers, $810,

Tony Bianco ‘Dion’ slip-on loafers, $179.95,


Racing out the door? No more flailing around attempting to piece together an outfit in 2018 – it’s all about the jumpsuit. Constructed as a suit all in one, this no-brainer silhouette makes time-crunch styling a breeze. Look for styles with an office-appropriate neckline and fabrications that offer more sophistication and polish than a linen (which will crush in 0.5 seconds) – a heavier, more structured fabric is preferred to last the 9-to-5.

Country Road batwing jumpsuit, $149,

Vanessa Seward pussy-bow silk jumpsuit, $388,

Michael Michael Kors crepe de chine wide-leg jumpsuit, $209.33,

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