As we settle back into our pre-pandemic routines and return to offices amid the new normal, it’s time to shift our sartorial choices from loungewear to office wear. Comfort, however, still remains key as we move forward.
With fall in full swing, it’s time to bring out the layers and face sweater weather in style! From tailored blazers to voluminous overcoats, take your pick from leading runway trends that redefine fashion for a post-pandemic world. Ahead, we bring you five fall looks that’ll swiftly take you from the office to the patio.
If you’re looking to add a statement-making style to your workwear wardrobe, consider the prowess of plaid. It’s versatile and timeless in equal measure, no matter if it’s adorned on a mini skirt, a loose-fitting shirt, or a knee-length jacket. The trick is to pair plaid with solid-hued base layers for your outfit to pop — like a dark draped dress or black skinny jeans worn with a white t-shirt. Complete the look with a pair of boots and a tote bag in colours that complement your ensemble.
Effortlessly easy to style, a boyfriend blazer is a must-have in every woman’s wardrobe. From oversized or cropped to longline, there are a myriad of cuts and fits available to choose from. Printed blazers are equally appealing — pinstripes, animal prints, and floral patterns make for a dramatic tailored outfit. Opt for a streamlined look by pairing your blazer with a lace bustier top tucked in a pair of straight-leg jeans, with a bold belt adding definition to your waist. Round off your outfit with wedges and a mini shoulder bag.
Add a feminine edge to your workwear ensemble by including a slit skirt in your weekly rotation. Take your pick from different lengths — mini, midi, or maxi. Next, find a style that blends with your sartorial aesthetic: leather, knit, printed, plaid, or pleated are winning wardrobe staples. Team the skirt with a chunky turtleneck, over-the-knee boots, and a crossbody bag for a fashion-forward
Channel the magic of monochrome by opting for a tone-on-tone ensemble in minimally varying shades. Neutral tones like off-white, ecru, ivory, beige, and tan are some fall favourites seen on the runway. Nail the trend by combining three or more pieces of your outfit in the same hue. Think an ivory knit dress layered with a front-open vest, styled with ankle boots and a shoulder bag.
There’s something comforting about a long jacket — perhaps it’s the feeling of the fabric swishing around your ankles or the fact that the layer can seamlessly provide both warmth and style when you need it. If you’re looking for a timeless addition to your wardrobe, a long overcoat has got you covered — quite literally! Pick from single-breasted, double-breasted, and wrap-around styles, which are easy to layer over your normcore sweater, wide-leg trousers, and low-top sneakers.
Shweta Gandhi | Contributing Writer