The definition of the workwear wardrobe has changed, with many of us working from home. The emphasis is on the smart-casual: the perfect Zoom call chic has never been so important.
It’s tempting to stay in your pyjamas all day and then quickly put on a clean top for your video conference calls. Psychologists are advising against this idea if you want to stay productive. Dressing to kill left the building with the 80’s power suits, but you still need to look and feel professional.
We’ve put together your perfect workwear wardrobe to elevate your style game and give a whole new meaning to the phrase “from the bedroom to the boardroom”.
The Perfect Jumpsuit
We love a jumpsuit, smart, but casual. Choose lightweight for summer, just add a t-shirt under for autumn and a polo neck for winter. Versatile, stylish, but also practical if you can get over the apparent bathroom issues (undressing to visit the loo)
Blue Mid Wash Denim Puff Sleeve Denim Boiler Suit (£36.00)
The Miss Selfridge denim puff sleeve boiler suit is perfect; elevates the look while keeping things simple. No rushing around to find clean separates; just comfortable to wear all-in-one office-to-the park simplicity.
Cream Belted Short Sleeve Jumpsuit (£59.00)
Topshop cream belted short sleeve jumpsuit ups the ante further still. Perfect cream colour for summer dressing with a smart tailored look. Your online interview outfit right there!
Alfends Cora Hemp Boiler Women’s Jumpsuit (£102.86)
Afends Cora hemp boiler-jumpsuit: 53% hemp and 44% cotton we love this stylish khaki coloured zip fronted jumpsuit, short sleeves and a wide leg. Khaki is such a versatile colour and will go with everything. Cool in the summer and easing into the winter months with no problem at all.
Tropical Lace Strappy Jumpsuit (£63.00)
Karen Millen has our favourite green tropical lace strappy jumpsuit. So fresh and fun, and your spirits will be lifted even after the most boring meetings with this gorgeous Karen Millen number. Team this jumpsuit with a modern off-white blazer and some fresh wedges if you’re out for the evening.
Jumpsuits, not your thing? I get it, but it’s no excuse to let things slip. We have the perfect working from home day dress and, with a few tweaks, these dresses will take you into the weekend too.
The Perfect Day Dress
Topshop has lots of different sub-categories branding, for example – Topshop Idol, Unique and now Glamorous – introducing the green abstract midi shirt dress by Glamorous. A shirt dress is the perfect day dress, smart and a working-from-home outfit or a ready to return to the office dress.
Willow Pink Floral Print Angel Sleeve Midi Dress (£20.00)
Pink Puff Sleeve Midi Dress (£15.00)
The ultimate Zoom Meeting dress – Topshop willow pink floral print angel sleeve midi dress and the lovely pink puff sleeve dress – the twist is the open back that only you know is there.
Cotton Utility Shirt Dress (£77.40)
Black Leather Cole Cross Body Bag (£145.00)
Karen Millen has a fabulous khaki cotton utility shirt dress. Smart yet cool and khaki is a go-with-everything colour. Team up with some Gucci Ace trainers and a Lulu Guinness crossbody bag and nothing can stop you asking for the pay rise you deserve. Confident dressing right there!
Floral Ruffle Long Dress (£53.40)
Along with a webinar-worthy red floral ruffle, long length dress also by Karen Millen is a great choice, and 40% off right now.
When the weather is humid, travelling into work can be tricky. Only a classic Bermuda short combo can take you from the office to the bar, or working from home to parkies (drinks in the park). Crisp linen or cotton twill in pale colours is a wardrobe staple.
Tailored City Short (£45.00)
Trust Karen Millen to give us the perfect stone tailored city shorts which come with a matching jacket. Dress down with trainers or up with heels. We love this look.
Tan Suedette Paperbag Short (£12.00)
Cream Cable Batwing Knitted Jumper (£15.00)
Miss Selfridge’s tan suedette paper bag shorts are perfect, wear these with a classic white t-shirt in the summer, and a fitted white shirt in the autumn and a cable jumper slung around your shoulders for chilly evenings. Smart but also classic dressing.
Black Leather Bermuda Shorts (£140.00)
We predict moving into autumn will require a change of gear. Consider the stunning black leather Bermuda shorts by Topshop Boutique, matching jacket available to make a ‘don’t mess with me’ vibe to carry you through the seasons and well into next year.
Zoom Worthy Accessories
Whether working from home or venturing out to the office, no workwear wardrobe would be complete without new glasses. Need them or not, the sad fact is we are more likely to get an interview or be taken seriously if we’re wearing glasses. It’s not just us that’s saying this, it’s a fact. A survey carried out by reed.co.uk said this was true in 68% of employers surveyed.
Chloe CE2718 (£121.73)
Looking and feeling chic is a great excuse to buy the most fabulous glasses from Fashion Eyewear – Chloe Peach framed spectacles is a winner and 40% off.
Rhinestone Parrot Drop Earrings (£18.50)
Earrings have been elevated to new heights during the lockdown, and Topshop has some stunning earrings. We love a parrot earring, so we had to mention these rhinestone parrot drop earrings.
With a workwear wardrobe like this, working at home or resuming the commute has never been so exciting.