As tailoring moves into the mainstream, and the line between smart and casual clothes is increasingly blurred, workwear is more versatile than ever.
Which is excellent news – because shopping is way more fun when it’s for clothes you’ll be wearing for weekend fun-times, and not just the daily grind.
Once considered office-only attire, blazers, blouses and Savile Row-inspired checks are breaking into off-duty territory, so you can invest in these on-trend pieces and mix them into your existing wardrobe with ease.
What to wear to work now? These five staples will help you crack the modern nine-to-five code…
Whether you coordinate it with matching trousers, or rock it with a white tee and jeans, your heritage-inspired blazer should be straight-cut, slightly oversized, and with a general nicked-it-from-my-boyfriend vibe.
JD Williams Double Breasted Check Blazer, currently reduced to £54 from £60, and Tapered Check Trousers, £45 (shoes, stylist’s own)
ASOS Bold Check Blazer, £55
2. The statement blouse
Think ruffles, rouching and wrap fronts – anything that adds interest and elevates a simple blouse and trousers combo into something a little bit special.
Kitri Agnes Burgundy Satin Blouse, £65, and Sergei Check Trousers, £85 (shoes, stylist’s own; kitristudio.com)
Lipsy Satin Knot Blouse, £40, Next
In super-bright hues, these cropped styles are the ideal on/off duty separate, looking equally at home with the aforementioned statement blouse and blazer, or a chunky knit and pair of Adidas Gazelle trainers.
Miss Selfridge Ochre Paper Bag Trousers, £35
F&F Red Crop Trousers, £16, Tesco (available April)
Teamed with opaque tights, a fine gauge knit and ankle boots, this is your short-cut to Sixties-esque chic.
Miss Selfridge Dogtooth Checked Mini Skirt, £28
Tu Monochrome Check Printed Floral Border Skirt, £16, Sainsbury’s
Dressy enough for the office but with a practical heel, they’re perfect for pairing with any of your new-season separates.
Sosandar Burgundy Patent Leather Perspex Heel Ankle Boots, £95 (sosandar.com)
Jones Bootmaker Madalyn Boots, currently reduced to £69 from £99)