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So Last Season

Back to workwear

Wednesday, 9th January, 2019 5:05pm

Well I’m not going to lie, the Sunday before I returned to work was definitely one of those Glenroe Sundays.

One of those ones where you’re excited to see what Biddy and Miley are up to all day, but then as you hear the melodic strings of the intro music, you realise the weekend is over and you have school in the morning and you forgot to do your maths homework.

Having a good amount of time off nearly made it worse because it makes the return even harder to cope with. I was terribly forlorn heading to bed that Sunday night, but you know what, as with most things, the thought of it is always worse than the actual event.

As soon as I got into town, I was straight back to it and I must say I was loving having a look at all the new stock that had arrived in my absence.

It also helped that I had two lovely clients that day for personal shopping, so it made my first day back all the better.

I know at this time of year we’re all a little bit shopped out of it, but it’s a great time to pick up workwear and good everyday basic pieces that you can invest in.

People might think personal shopping is all about buying loads of pieces but it’s actually quite the opposite. It’s all about buying considered pieces that work together so you’re not wasting money on things that don’t suit you and that you’re never going to wear.

I’ve been mainly putting together workwear wardrobes for people and have been inspired to take a look at my own workwear style. Even though I don’t have to wear what you might call a traditional work look, I do have to keep it smart and I think that’s very much the way modern workwear is going.

I’m definitely drawn more to a neutral colour palette these days, and while I don’t really wear much if any black, I do have a lot of navy, cream, grey and tan in my wardrobe which works well together or with the prints that I already have.

I’ve been really impressed with what Next has to offer at the moment and it has a lot of great blazers in a variety of colours. I’d always tend to go for a good block colour and then opt for a check print too, just to add a bit of interest.

I spotted two really nice check blazers in H&M that were soft and felt like wearing a cardigan but with the look of a more structured piece, which for me, is the ultimate clothing goal.

I also love a good longline coat to layer over all of this as, let’s face it, it’s not quite time to go swanning about in light jackets and if you want to invest in one there are still a few to be had in what’s left of the sale rails. A good single-breasted coat really streamlines the look.

When it comes to trousers, I am really having a moment with check print which is not something I’d normally gravitate towards. However when you play around with it, they really are quite versatile. I like a good slim/skinny fit with a slightly cropped and tapered leg, and while I would wear them with a plain knit and trainers with my long line coat over it, you could easily wear them with a heel or a boot and different tops, blouses and blazers.

To complete the look, you could add in a dress or two and again there are some really interesting options in Next that would easily see you through to summer with the right accessories. With your weekday wardrobe sorted you can banish that Sunday night forlorn feeling, safe in the knowledge that one thing you don’t have to worry about is getting dressed in the morning!

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