A Stylist’s Guide to Workwear [Autumn Edition]
Now that autumn has officially arrived we have full license to wear hoodies, sneakers, jeans all in aid of staying warm (and cosy). However, Monday to Friday (or whatever your workweek looks like) such luxuriously comfy clothing is not always appropriate. So, what to wear to work when the central heating struggles and things just feel colder? How do you create an outfit without the aid of your most loved sweaters? We’ve asked our resident stylist, Alex, to inspire us to reinvent our workwear wardrobe to make it both practical (we don’t want to be cold) while keeping it incredibly stylish.
MEN'S WORKWEAR FORMAL
For a formal work look a Lardini Suit makes an impeccable base. For those unfamiliar with the brand, Lardini is an Italian suiting company with a heritage in quality materials and great fits. The Marl Suit is ideal for autumnal workwear in particular as it has a 100% wool construction. I've styled it classically, with a white BOSS shirt, adding a Gucci tie for a pop of colour and creating a focal point for the look. If you're worried about staying warm a wool scarf is a chic way to add layers, without compromising on style. I've kept all of the accessories in navy to maintain a cohesive look. A Thom Browne pouch is a practical addition to this work outfit and the red stripe helps to pick out the detailing in the Gucci tie.
MEN'S WORKWEAR CONTEMPORARY
For those who don't require a suit for work, this look is more casual, while still being work appropriate. I’ve kept the outfit minimal and monotone, which is a great trick to keep things smart when not you're not in tailoring. Leather jackets are a staple outerwear piece for autumn so I began with the Saint Laurent leather jacket. I went for something a bit louder choosing a printed shirt and pairing it with a travel trouser; both pieces from contemporary menswear brand Neil Barrett. For footwear, I’ve used the Alexander McQueen brogue which has a sneaker sole, the perfect hybrid for anyone with a long commute. Lastly, I’ve chosen the Christian Louboutin Belt and a CÔTE et Ciel bag to complete the look.
WOMEN'S WORKWEAR FORMAL
For a formal workwear look, I began by pairing the KENZO jacket with silver pinstriping and the silver RED(V) boots. Just because this is a formal look doesn't mean you can't add playful elements like sleek silver boots to show your personality. Underneath the jacket, I’ve added a white Joseph shirt and chosen a mismatch tailoring look; using a Red Valentino Culotte instead of the matching Kenzo trouser. Burberry accessories make sophisticated finishing touches to this stylish work look.
WOMEN'S WORKWEAR CONTEMPORARY
This outfit has a much more contemporary approach, utilising classic pieces with an edge. I started with Off-White's leather blazer which is ideal for keeping a little warmer in autumn. I’ve mismatched the tailoring pieces again and chosen the Isabel Marant trouser. Mismatching your tailoring is a great way to add interest to an outfit when you want to keep things formal while also adding personality to an outfit. If you want to recreate a mismatched look my advice would be to keep the colour scheme the same to ensure your selection doesn't look unintentional, for example, in this look everything is monochrome. I’ve added an MM6 shirt to keep the aesthetic smart but, in true MM6 style, it features some interesting sleeve detailing. In most offices nowadays sneakers are a mainstay, however, if your workplace isn't one such place you can easily swap out these Golden Goose sneakers for boots or brogues. Finally, a Kenzo tote and Isabel Marant earrings finish the look.