How To Refresh Workwear For SS17

You don’t have to start vibrant colour-blocking to press the refresh button on your workwear wardrobe. Two simple wardrobe swaps will take you through these tricky transitional months looking sharp, more spring-like and on-trend for SS17.

A jumpsuit and shirt is the new chic office attire. This pairing had a strong presence on the SS17 runways, so it will look like you have your finger on the fashion pulse. The simple wide-leg all-in-one, below, is smart enough for work, especially when paired with a tailored collared shirt. The whole ensemble feels fresher and more chic than a traditional trouser and suit combination. Be brave with the colour of your shirt. White is predictable. Try raspberry or tangerine instead.

Lace-trim jumpsuit, €147.50 at Maje

As we move further into the season, ditch black in favour of a softer shade like aubergine. This sleeveless jumpsuit from Finery London has culotte-style pants, which feel less wintry than a full-length black trouser leg. Pair this with an elbow-length sleeved white shirt for a really stylish take on office attire. Or take a look at some of the deconstructed shirting now in stores. Not everything will work beneath a jumpsuit, but there’s plenty of reworked button-front shirts that can help to add personality to your look.

Knotted shell top jumpsuit, €135 at

Belted waists look sophisticated and are on-trend. It was the dominant silhouette on the SS17 runways, so try taking a break from those failsafe shift dresses and choose a dress with belt detailing instead. The tea dress, below, again from Finery London, is so chic. A very fitted waist can be uncomfortable during the course of a long working day, whereas this piece offers an elegant drape and a fit that skims rather than clings to your waist and hips. I love the little cap sleeves too. They provide enough coverage for a workplace environment but offer the breathability you need in summer.

Belted tea dress, €95 at

This kimono dress by & Other Stories cleverly gives the illusion of a belted silhouette. I love the utilitarian pockets (every dress should have pockets I think) and the colour is fresh without being too frothy for a professional environment. Try wearing it with flat brogues for a cool take on spring workwear.

Kimono wrap dress, €79 at & Other Stories


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