If you’re looking to pep up your work wardrobe this year, we’ve broken down six failsafe looks for women’s workwear that are stylish and practical – because the two needn’t be mutually exclusive, even at the office.
The best workwear looks are those that make you feel confident, are appropriate, timeless, and work outside of the office when mixed with your weekend pieces or if you’re heading off for dinner or drinks in the evening. The key is to keep it simple – classic shapes, great knitwear, and flattering basics that can be interchanged throughout the year and from outfit to outfit.
Look to mid-market brands that do tailoring and smarter pieces well – we love ME+EM, Marcela London, and Iris & Ink; high street brands that have nailed the basics like COS , ARKET, and M&S; and, if you like, pepper them with some high-end accessories that will see you through your career trajectory – hello, Gucci logo belt or Loewe Puzzle bag.
Scroll to shop our go-tos for women’s workwear…
The Modern Power Suit
Worn together or as separates, The Frankie Shop’s Insta-favourite oversized suit will become a valued team member of your workwear wardrobe.
The biscuity tone is a welcomed departure from the expected black, navy or greys you see in the office and we love it paired with stark white – slouchy slub tee, mannish shirt or sporty ribbed vest – and chunky gold jewels.
The Frankie Shop's super oversized suit is 2023's answer to the '80s power suit.
The Wide Leg Pants
ME+EM do the best wide-leg trousers. We love these navy print pair peppered with pink thread married up with a classic white shirt and chunky sleeveless knit.
The Sleeveless Blazer
A sleeveless blazer gives all the appropriateness of a regular blazer but with an added punch of style. Soften the look by layering it up over a frilly, exaggerated sleeve blouse and tapered sporty-shaped trousers. We love this look with a sensible heel but it can easily be swapped out for white leather sneakers or a chunky loafer.
The Pretty Blouse
If you want to bring some colour and personality to your workwear wardrobe, a pretty print blouse is the way to go. Think vintage-inspired prints in rustic tones – nothing too garish – and quality details like a pussybow neckline, covered buttons or bracelet sleeves.
Sézane’s Elyes blouse has it all and as much as we love it styled here with pistachio woollen trousers, choosing a more sobering colour palette of greys, creams and browns might work better for a more grown-up take.
Tada & Toy X Lizzy Hadfield’s tiger eye stone gem hoops will add a vintage charm as an understated finishing touch.
The ’60s Shift
COS's bold green shift will bring some colour to the nine to five. Layer up with a fine knit polo and knee high boots or swap for something more conservative like a black and white colour palette, tights and ankle boots.
The Satin Slip Skirt
Finally, a lesson in how to make your working wardrobe work hard for the entire week, a slinky silk slip can be polished up with a chunky knit and oversized blazer, or worn with a lace-trimmed cami and heels come Friday night drinks.
The products on this page have been selected by our editorial team, however, The Handbook may make a small commission on some of the products purchased through affiliate links.