After what seems like a lifetime spent on Zoom, an unofficial ‘back-to-work’ March is already underway as the Omicron variant slowly wanes off. So, how does one navigate workwear after staying comfortable becomes a way of life? Whether you’re sticking to your hybrid working guns or raring to get back to the boardroom, we’re presenting you with some much-needed sartorial inspiration as you head back to the office, minus the sweatpants.Spring in your step
If you’re anything like us and have missed receiving a compliment from your colleague on your style (and not just your presentation), a little wardrobe shake-up can go a long way. And our favorite this season is the knitwear dress. When it comes to the sweater dress, you might typically think of a chunky, cozy knit fit; but, we’ve got a dress that might make you reevaluate that belief. Perfect for those tricky trans-seasonal days (and chilly offices), this snug knit dress in a grown-up calf-grazing silhouette and fitted style is an absolute must-have. Personally, we love styling it with a leather belt cinched at the waist to give it a more formal touch.
Your commute to the office will be incomplete without a great jacket to layer over your outfit. Whether it’s a lightweight coat or jacket that can stay on throughout the day, putting some thought into this item can brighten up your entire look. Think statement neutrals like an unconventional denim coat or a crisp blazer in a muted hue color blocked over a bright shirt. When it comes to styling a blazer, we suggest going a size up for a boxy look and contrasting it over a streamlined silhouette underneath.
The post-pandemic workwear rules prioritise comfort over all else — and we’re here for it. We’re talking elasticated waistbands, t-shirts for board meetings, roomy denim jeans, the works! However, we advise proceeding with caution to make sure you toe the fine line between informal and frumpy, without leaning too heavily on the latter. You can embrace casual clothing and still look smart enough to command a room as long as you pay attention to the small details. The trick is to look for functional trims like great pockets, buttons in flattering silhouettes made from weighty fabrics.
Hybrid work is here to stay; which means flexible work-from-home shifts that will still involve getting in to virtual meetings that require the top half of your attire to be presentable. Our suggestion? Keep it comfortable yet casual in roomy shirts that can quickly be layered over a tank or sweatshirt in case you’re running late for your meetings. Not only are they handy in the nick of time but collars give you an air of professionalism and help you get taken seriously.
Published by: Vibhuti Vazirani/ 2022-03-11