THE WORKWEAR EDIT: WOMEN’S OFFICE WEAR GUIDE

THE WORKWEAR EDIT: WOMEN’S OFFICE WEAR GUIDE

Streetstyle images of women's office inspired clothing

THE WORKWEAR EDIT:

WOMEN’S OFFICE WEAR GUIDE

This is how to wear the ultimate wardrobe staple, the FLANNELS way.

WORDS: MARNI ROSE MCFALL, GRAPHICS: HOLLIE MAE HOMAN, PHOTOGRAPHY: JEREMY FRENCH Photographer: jane doe

Prada skirts, Saint Laurent blazers and Khaite co-ords: for SS24, your workwear wardrobe has had a promotion. At the SS24 shows, workwear had a new lease of life. As Who What Wear’s Maxine Eggenberger wrote: “For spring/summer 2024, I have to applaud designers for creating collections that yes, hold beauty, but also have a place in the everyday.” Given that for so many of us, our everyday is a workday, these understated, high-style pieces have commuted straight from the runway to the office. Workwear is a hot topic, with everyone from Prada to Gucci delivering collections that turned up the heat on the unstoppable rise of the corporatecore trend.

Your key takeaway? Fashion means business. The brief? Having fun with things. Because no matter what your office persona is, in 2024, there’s a style to suit. Maybe you’re a business-ghoul girl, or you’re all about channelling that old-school chic. Sure, we’re all subject to (some degree) of dress codes, but this season, it’s anyone’s game. From big blouses and little pants to It bags and patterned tights, this is how to do workwear in SS24.

CO-ORDINATION IS KEY

Women wearing denim co-ord

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Perfection is no small feat. But this denim co-ord from Khaite is just that. In a luxe and loose fit, the Jinn Denim Shirt sits simply, while the super-flared Lennox Skirt turns up the heat. Flouncing around the office in a denim maxi skirt? It’s on the agenda this season. Wear with Piferi’s Fishnet Ballet Flats (we’re willing to bet we’ll be seeing these everywhere this season), a classic white t-shirt and a gold Gucci necklace. To finish? One of Valentino Garavani’s signature slouchy Hobo Bags that’s big enough to fit all your office essentials, read: lipstick, a compact mirror, plans for world domination, etc.

OLD SCHOOL CHIC

Woman wearing a white jacket, sunglasses and floral patterned tights

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Simple, chic, understated: for SS24, we’re reaching for looks that have a certain je ne sais quoi. Think classic, French-girl cool refreshed for 2024. Sound good? We thought so. To nail the look, opt for an oversized blazer and mini dress combo, c/o the perennial It girl brand, Saint Laurent. A Saint Laurent blazer is, was, and always will be, a hot topic in the fashion industry, and if you’ve yet to invest in one, this is your sign. The Etoile Blazer in timeless grey and white check is an heirloom in the making. Style with some of the fashion set’s favourite accessories: a brown Gucci Diana bag, heeled Prada pumps and a dose of Dolce & Gabbana logo tights - because plain tights are so last season. To finish? Gold Earrings and a pair of white Sunglasses. Va va voom.

YOUR GRANDAD’S SUIT

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Grandad’s been busy lately. He’s been spending a lot of time in Vogue. Eclectic grandpa has become one of this year’s biggest trends. Read: A$AP Rocky and Ayo Edebiri in Bottega Veneta, Harry Style’s plethora of pearl necklaces and Tyler, The Creator’s chunky knitwear. So: how does grandpa do office wear? We’ll break it down for you. It’s about slouchy tailored pieces in shades of soft, beige-y neutrals that are vaguely reminiscent of Werther’s Originals. Start with Prada’s Double Breasted Cotton Jacket, layer over Miu Miu’s boxy Poplin Shirt, on the bottom, opt for Bottega Veneta’s classic looks-like-they’re-tailored-but-are-actually-leather, trousers. And as for your accessories? Grab Jacquemus’ Pochette bag, Bottega Veneta’s very vintage Croc Effect Patent Leather Pumps and finish things off with a printed Necktie from Dolce & Gabbana. Now, put Frank Sinatra on the office stereo and have a lovely cup of tea.

BIG BLOUSE, LITTLE PANTS

Woman wearing a white blouse, mini black skirt and a Givenchy Voyou bag

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As far as fashion formulas go, the big shirt, little pants combo is a fail-safe. It’s chic, it’s classic. It always looks good and it’s an outfit recipe that’s so simple, you can replicate it with your eyes closed. Sure, it’s a little on the risqué side, but if your work dress code allows, this is how to do it. Opt for a re-interpretation of the classic white button down by way of Saint Laurent’s white Cowl Blouse. In delicate satin, this blouse is cut with a high-neck and an open back. The result? A regenerated classic. Pair with Prada’s leather ultra mini and you’ve won the big blouse little pants game. Well done you. To style, you’ll need Givenchy’s Voyou Bag. One of the It bags of the moment, it’ll instantly elevate any ensemble. Finish with a pair of Jil Sander Boots and easy black Gucci sunglasses.

BUISNESS GHOUL

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It’s not a phase, Mom. The gothcore revival has had the fashion world in a chokehold over the past few seasons, with everyone from Jenna Ortega to Hailey Bieber donning goth-coded fits. From beauty looks to runway collections, the goth revival has officially infiltrated every area of our wardrobes, including our workwear. Combining contemporary edge with a heavy dose of attitude, the ghoul boss may be 2024’s answer to the girl boss. To style it up? Opt for a big black overcoat, barely-there slip skirt and crisp white button-down. Add a little edge with a slick black tie, a pair of fishnet tights, and a statement bag – you can’t get much more business ghoul than Prada’s Belt Bag. Buckle up ghoulies.


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