If you’ve found yourself touting the same outfits day after day, no longer winning your colleagues' admiration, there are two strategies to regaining desk appeal: a new job, or a new wardrobe. Since a hasty career change is a slight overreaction to a style slump, we’d suggest a fashion overhaul is a far quicker and easier option. It’s simply a case of finding fresh inspiration, be it from the catwalks, fashion press, or street style scene.
When it comes to workwear trends, 2024 is full of promise. Not only has the ‘quiet luxury’ aesthetic continued to influence upcoming collections, with designers emulating office clothes for women to reinvent everyday staples with newfound elegance, but we’ve also spotted emerging trends that’ll instantly bring your workwear up to date.
In this guide, we break down the five latest office wear trends to inspire you with brand-new work outfit ideas to wow onlookers from bus route to boardroom.
What to wear to the office
Weekend-only wear is cropping up more and more during business hours, while our designated ‘work clothes’ doubling up as casual clothing. Even smart work clothes - think structured blazers, button-up shirts, and fitted dresses - can be elevated on days you want to impress, but mix seamlessly with relaxed knitwear and polished jeans too.
By investing in pieces you can dress up or down, you’ll instantly get more wear - and value - out of your wardrobe, bringing your favourite styles across the threshold from weekend to weekday.
If you’re aiming for the burgeoning ‘business casual’ dress code, you may be looking to introduce a few beautiful but laid-back basics into your workwear outfits for some extra desk-side comfort. Or, perhaps even some directional pieces that’ll have you winning ‘Best Dressed Employee of the Month’. Whatever your HR rules, putting a personal stamp on your workwear is worth the investment when it's a core part of our closet space.
Top workwear trends for 2024With unseen-before scope for artistic license in your Monday-to-Friday dressing, there’s plenty of opportunity to update your clothing for the office with a nod to the latest trends.
Although some highlights from the SS24 catwalks don’t lend themselves to corporate days - micro shorts and see-through skirts should probably be kept for off-duty looks - we’ve compiled the top 5 work-appropriate trends to inspire your workwear with the latest office fashion.
As the soon-to-be expert on this season’s workwear trends, 2024 is the fresh start your workwear wardrobe has been waiting for…simply scroll your way to business-chic.
1. Spring whites
All-over bright whites wouldn’t look out of place at Wimbledon, so for the office, you might rely less on tank tops and skorts and opt instead for classic tailoring like oxford shirts, dress pants, and blazers in this season’s freshest shade.
2. High-rise trousers
3. Relaxed tailoring
Relaxed tailoring is the ultimate styling hack for winning compliments by the water cooler and sitting comfortably from nine ‘til five, and it’s trending this season. All it requires is simply to size up. Wide-leg trousers not only make for chic work clothes for women but come with plenty of movement, and likewise with oversized shirts and boyfriend blazers.
4. Prim and Preppy
For a boardroom-bound outfit, we’re putting a grown-up spin on this youthful aesthetic with a more subtle nod to sophomoric styling. Polo tops come in all shapes and sizes, but opt for more fitted versions in mature shades, be it deep navy, camel, or cream, that can be layered under a smart jacket or blazer, and swap the pleated mini skirts for suit trousers.
5. Quiet luxury
If you’re looking to refresh your clothes for work with some quiet luxury appeal, what’s key is to invest in classic pieces that you can wear and love again and again, updating with statement accessories and innovative styling each time. This could be a clean oxford shirt in high-quality cotton, or a camel trench coat to pair beautifully with sharp tailoring or blue denim for casual days.
5 new workwear outfit ideas
With rigorous office policies, unpredictable weather, and busy commutes on the agenda, it can be a struggle to keep coming up with new outfit ideas, easily resorting to wearing the same work clothes on repeat. If you want to break with routine and wow your colleagues, here are 5 fool-proof outfit formulas to try this season:
1. Skirt + Matching Jacket
Prone to hitting the snooze button? A matching co-ord saves precious time in the morning as you’re not hastily trialling different styles and colours to see what works. A tailored trouser suit is nothing new as far as office attire goes, but a matching skirt and jacket adds retro appeal to a trusty combo.
2. Midi Dress + Knitwear
A tailored shirt dress is an infallible office choice, combining businesslike sobriety with feminine elegance, but there are endless versions of the midi dress that can form the foundations of your office outfitting. Depending on the weather and your schedule, pair with relaxed knitwear like a crewneck sweater or cropped cardigan, or striking outerwear for career-building occasions.
3. Cropped Shirt + Midi Skirt
Tucked-in styling has lost prestige (the ‘millenial tuck’ especially has fallen foul of TikTok tastemakers), with baggier tops preferred loose over even baggier trousers. However, this nonchalant take can be too laidback for the average nine-to-five. For a more polished finish, switch to a modestly cropped shirt with a fitted skirt to balance the volume.
4. Pinafore Dress + Shirt
Sleeveless dresses might not be first to mind when appraising your clothes for work, but consider layering your workwear with a strictly business shirt to transform your bolder, after-dark styles into work-friendly wear. From strapless leather dresses to pinafore-style midis, this styling hack can also segway your office look seamlessly from day to night - just the solution for non-stop networking.
5. Smart Trousers + Blouse
One of the most effective ways to add interest to an outfit is through contrast, which is why a pair of sharply tailored trousers and a mannish jacket work well with an ultra-feminine top. From florals to frills, you can temper the coquettish charm of a delicate blouse with straight-laced, no-nonsense pieces elsewhere.
Ready for an office reshuffle? Our women’s workwear shop has everything you need to put your ideas into action.
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