When I overhear conversations about workwear, I mostly hear people talk about all the fabulous clothes they can't wear to the office. But office-appropriate attire doesn't need to feel safe or boring, in my opinion. Workwear has changed drastically over the past decade, and there is a growing number of role models to guide the dress code.
The modern working woman has proven to be an endless source of inspiration for fashion brands who constantly rethink old classics resulting in a more varied offer of office-appropriate pieces to choose from. Many online retailers are creating workwear-specific shopping sections, and we're even seeing brands that specialise in creating pieces for people who work 9-to-5 jobs.
"Women's clothes are much more varied than men's, so there is far more scope to stand out. For better or worse, this means that clothes can become a talking point, even when it's relating to a woman in a position or role that has nothing to do with fashion," says Polly McMaster, founder and CEO of The Fold, a London-based platform specialising in workwear.
"Dressing in a way that can reflect the importance of their professional role but still allows for individuality and personality is key. The common theme is more around confidence, being smart and groomed and looking like you are showing up to achieve something great," says McMaster.
It's all about rethinking the way we interpret workwear and playing with it in a way that feels right for the job. We have lined up a selection of 10 items to help you build an appropriate yet fashion-forward workwear wardrobe. Scroll down for the 10 pillar pieces for a modern working woman's wardrobe.
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