Ahh, back to work! How’s your working wardrobe looking? Are you ready to take on 2012 with a business bang? Here’s StyleScoop’s guide to looking cool at the office.
I love wide leg trousers, especially when it comes to looking professional and pulled together. When these trousers hit the floor at just the right spot, they can make your legs look miles long and slim your physique. Remember though, when wearing loads of fabric at the bottom, it’s best to keep it minimal on top. A pretty blouse in a soft fabric is ideal. Just tuck it in to reveal a small waist.
Wide Leg Pants: studio.w (from R299), Floral Pussy Bow Swing Shirt: Classic Collection (from R225), Smudge Spot Swing Vest: studio.w (from R180).
For a really striking, classic look go for wide leg pants with a plain white or cream shirt or blouse, Kim Kardashain Style. This RE: Plain Utility Shirt (top right) is a great option, while this cream studio.w Pussy Bow Blouse below makes for an interesting alternative to a plain white shirt.
Plain Utility Shirt: RE: (from R250), Cream Pussy Bow Blouse: studio.w (from R250).
A classic bag is a work essential. From left; Classic Structured Zip Organiser – R275 and Classic Eyelit Ring Slouch Bag in gold or khaki – R199.
A white suit is great ensemble to wear to work. It says “business” but still looks cool and feels light enough for summer. There are many ways to wear a white suit, one of my fave being with a brightly coloured top.
Linen Blend Suit Jacket: Classic Collection (from R599), Linen Blend Suit Pants: Classic Collection (from R250), Utility Cropped Sleeve Top (R99.95) also available in white, Green Knit and Woven Square Top (from R160) also available in black, bright blue and grape.
Celebs are crazy about white suits. So many different ways to wear it.
Colour blocking is a huge trend, so why not embrace it in your work wear too? If your company is less black-and-white-corporate and allows you to be a bit more fun, then this is definitely a style to consider. Stock up on bright, block colour tops and blouses. These work just as well when paired with black trousers or skirts as they do with bright bottoms.
Every girl should own a pair of bright, cobalt blue trousers and a red-hot pair too! studio.w has the perfect ones for work, in a beautiful sateen fabric. Purple and red make a great colour combination, while blue and orange offer something a bit more striking.
Cotton Sateen Turn Up Trousers: studio.w (from R325) and also available in red, Purple Cowl Neck Top: Classic Collection (from R160), Woven Racerback Top available in orange and royal blue (from R199).
You can never go wrong with a few pencil skirts in your working wardrobe. Invest in a few neutral colour options like beige, black and white. Then just mix and match your tops to create different looks.
Stretch Cotton Sateen Pencil Skirt in taupe (from R225), Belted Pinstripe Pencil Skirt: studio.w (from R299), White Denim Pencil Skirt: RE: (from R250)