Going back to the office may be a concept that is equally daunting and exciting for many of us following the COVID-19 pandemic. The world of work has been permanently altered by various lockdowns and adjustments to working from home. Going back to the office post covid won’t be the same, which may include office uniforms that we became so accustomed to.
For many, returning to work provides motivation and inspiration for getting dressed in the morning. An aspect of day-to-day life that was lost during the pandemic. Here is your guide to returning to the office in stylish outfits that you can be excited about.
Oversized tailoring has dominated the fashion scene for a few seasons now and AW21 is no excuse. Sported by the likes of Emily Ratajkowski and Bella Hadid, relaxed suits are the perfect way to be comfortable, smart, and stylish upon your return to the office.
Oversized blazers are an it-girl essential and the perfect option to smarten up any outfit. Whether your workplace has a smart-casual dress code or a full suit dress code, post covid, an oversized blazer is a must-have.
Arket’s Oversized Wool Hopsack Blazer is a cult classic that comes in an array of colours for your work wardrobe.
Wide leg suit trousers are also another great way to incorporate oversized tailoring into your workwear. A loose-fitting suit trouser paired with a cotton shirt or sweater-vest creates a perfect and on-trend outfit to return to the office post covid. For a more casual look, tailored trousers can also be paired with a t-shirt or layered with an unbuttoned shirt.
Alternatively, wearing relaxed suits combine the two earlier options into one chic ensemble. As seen on various celebrities and it-girls, including Kendall Jenner, this cohesive option is an easy and fashionable set to invest in and re-style.
Moving on from relaxed tailoring and onto a more-fitted aspect of a full-suit is the suit vest. Last year we saw a huge resurgence in sweater vests by Kaia Gerber, Victoria Beckham and Harry Styles. However, this year we are seeing a newfound love for the suit vest.
Alexa Chung and Kendall Jenner are among the celebrities to foreground this trend often opting to wear the vest alone. A stark contrast to the trend of last winter that saw sweater vests featured in layered outfits. The fitted suiting can be paired with jeans to hit the sweet spot of a smart-casual look. Comparatively, styling the suit vest with oversized suit trousers gives rise to a fun silhouette.
Loafers are by far the shoe of the season. They’re smart and comfortable by nature, making them the perfect shoe for your back to the office wardrobe post covid. If you have missed trading in your heels for flats while working from home, then the trend of chunky loafers is perfect for you. The platform trend still allows you some added height whilst prioritising comfort on-trend.
Knit dresses are one of this autumn’s staple pieces. They stole the show at various catwalks across the Fashion Weeks this year. It is a beautiful way to transition from your summer to autumn pieces of clothing. The main difference is in the material. Knit dresses are a great way to add some versatility to your work wardrobe.