Heading back to work after the summer break? Find out how to fine-tune your office style with Katherine Ormerod, fashion journalist and content consultant, as she shares her top three must-have buys for your new season work wardrobe. As part of our At Work With Series.
1. The Bag
A refined rucksack is one of the most important bags to add to your collection, because it works for both practical and style concerns. Bringing a utilitarian twist to whatever you’re wearing, it also beats a mini bag on pretty much every functional count. Big enough to fit in a pair of trainers or a cheeky bottle of wine, a backpack is the perfect new season investment.
2. The Dress
These in-between days call for a little more coverage than we’ve been used to. Step in the midi dress. Working beautifully with a bare ankle now, but also pairing seamlessly with cold season knee high boots as the mercury plunges, this dress will look great with a chunky sweater layered over the top for chiller days. Also: who says florals are just for summer?
3. The Trophy Jacket
Yes, it’s a drag that you can’t just throw on your dress and sandals then walk out the door. But on the flip side, a statement jacket can pull together even the most casual of outfits and help you feel ready for anything from meetings to a date. This beautifully embroidered style keeps the memories of holidays to exotic destinations going strong even against the greyest skies — and if that’s not worth a payday treat, I’m not sure what is.