Fashion is back… 5 items to get you racing back to the office

I write this snuggled up in an oversized hoodie and yellow fluffy blanket on my terrace, as I am determined that summer has not quite yet finished. But while I may be dressed down right now. The Style Life believe that fashion is most definitely back.

As New York Fashion Week comes to a close and the Met Gala rolls out its red carpet, after a very long hiatus, it feels like fashion is definitely back.

Of course my personal enthusiasm might just be because we finally have wardrobe in our flat and I can finally see light at the end of the tunnel, you may now find me in more than just one of four looks I’ve been rotating but we’re cautiously optimistic and after 18 months of Covid mayhem, we’re ready to don our glad rags again and get back to it.

If like us however, you’ve spent 18 months with your wardrobe in disarray, you may also be feeling, a little ‘meh’ when you look at it all. While we don’t fully condone binning it all and starting again, if you’ve not been back to the office or seen many other humans since March 2020, there has never been a better moment to have a bit of a wardrobe overhaul and reinvention.

With that in mind. These are the 5 key items we think are a great start for this season.

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Winter is coming

Don’t let them fool you with those promises of Indian summers and last minute heat waves, winter is round the corner. Don’t wait til the frost starts nipping at your toes before investing in your winter coat. If you’ve sat outside more than you’ve ever imagined in the last 18 months then you’re definitely due some new outerwear. Opt for something chic, tailored and at least a wool mix for extra cosiness. A sharp silhouette will help to remind you that the days of dressing down are now behind us, but equally a long tailored coat will smarten up joggers and leggings on those days when only comfy clothes will do. I’m loving this bright pop of colour from Cos.

Cobalt, DOUBLE-BREASTED WOOL-MIX COAT, £225, RECYCLED WOOL, Cos

Go Big Or Go Home

Oversized shirts are the order of the day right now, great if you’re still easing out of loungewear. This striped shirt, with nod to military detailing is quite a classic look and can be worn with smart trousers or jeans alike. If you’re going for a relaxed fit on the top half, opt for tailored trousers or skinny jeans to ensure you give yourself some shape back.

Blue stripe oversized shirt, £36.00, River Island

In the Middle

The midi dress has been quite a wardrobe staple over the last few years, whatever the season and this A/W is no different. When it comes to this terms crop of midis, look for boho detailing such as higher necklines with more detail, such as ruching, or pleats. A self tie belt will help define your waist, but make this dress look instantly more expensive by switching the fabric tie belt for a luxe leather one. Pair with tights and knee high boots in the depth of winter, or flat boots and trainers right now.

The Floral Waisted Midi Dress, £45, Marks and Spencer Collection

Best Foot Forward

LEATHER TRACK SOLE ANKLE BOOTS, £79, Coming Soon, Zara

Stompy boots are thankfully still very much a thing, so if you’ve already invested in previous months, drag those bad boys out from the back of the cupboard and polish them up for another round. If you’ve hesitated on the trend, it really is time to cave. As we ease back into the real world, we don’t have time for heels just yet and these versatile boots really do work brilliantly with dresses, skirts and jeans. They will also withstand a rainy day, when the time inevitably comes.

Hell For Leather

Cut-out faux-leather skirt, £35.99, Mango (online exclusive)

If you have made it back into jeans on a regular basis, you are ready for Level 2… the leather pencil skirt. Leather skirts can be pretty pricey, luckily there are some more pocket friendly faux versions surfacing on the high street. Pair you leather or leather look pencil skirt with other more tactile fabrics to real play on that mix fabrication trend; think silky blouses and sumptuous cashmeres. And if you’ve gone for a fitted pencil skirt, you can always make your top half more relaxed as you can have a little more freedom with proportions.

Good luck with the move back to fashion, we’re right there with you.

Feature Image: Marks and Spencer (courtesy of brand)

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