Style by Claire Lopez

Dressing the part: The February Workwear Edit

January is over, the sales are gone (mostly) so now you can get down to the serious business of shopping for the season ahead. And I really mean that because spending some time and money on your workwear wardrobe, is essentially investing in yourself and your career. Much as it would be lovely to know that all that matters is our experience and how we perform, it is naïve to think that our appearance doesn’t play a part in how we are perceived by others. So now is the time to take stock and hit refresh and at the start of every month, I am creating a dedicated workwear blog with ideas on how to update your office attire.

(And if workwear isn’t something you need in your life, don’t just delete this!! Scroll down to the flat shoes at the bottom which are perfect for anyone)

Power Dressing

Sleeved dresses make life a lot simpler – practical and negating the necessity for a jacket, always choose a sleeved option over a sleeveless one. Channel your inner Claire Underwood from House of Cards with these pieces.

Sackville Dress £198 Libby London

If you haven’t heard of Libby London, then do have a look at their site for workwear tailoring. This is one of their new spring styles but there are plenty to tempt.


Fitzrovia Dress £298 The Fold

Exquisite cuts and fabrics, this workwear brand is stocked full of power pieces.

If you are petite then have a look at Jennifer Anne which is a brand dedicated to creating the perfect workwear capsule for the petite lady.

Talia Dress £99 Hobbs

This is a fab dress that is super slick and under £100.

Emma Ponte Dress £90 Boden

This is along similar lines but has lovely detailing at the scalloped edges. It also comes in several colour options.

Daisy Ottoman Dress £90 Boden

Perfect for defining the waist.

Savvy separates

Having a couple of tweedy jackets in your armour will reinvigorate your traditional tailored trousers and skirts. If you go for a style which has several colours mixed in, then you can wear year round and pair with various tops.

Jessie Jacket £179 Hobbs

This will work with black, cream, blue and yellow/oranges. It also comes with a co-ordinating skirt and dress so you can create several outfits.

Cecelia Jacket £169 Hobbs

One for the blues, this will be perfect with your navy based pieces and with a hint of red running through this, you have yet another colour option to work with.

Boucle Jacket £189 White Company

Another good one with navy tailoring or denim.

Slick Strides

Wrap Skirt £69 M&S

This Autograph skirt is a lovely khaki colour and will work well with black, navy and grey as well as winter whites, camels, oatmeals etc. It is also a false wrap, so no fear of flashing more than you had bargained for.

A-Line Midi Skirt £35 M&S

If you are after a softer look then this is the perfect piece to wear with knee high boots and either a thin roll neck or crew necked sweater. Do the tonal dressing look by paring with a similar shade on top. It also comes in navy.


Ribbed Skirt £69 Massimo Dutti

Very similar to the M&S style warm neutral.

Vita Trouser £129 Hobbs

If you’ve got your traditional tailored trousers sorted, why not change it up with a wide legged crop and pair with knits, blouses and tops.


Am-Pm Cigarette Trousers £139 ME+EM

Another brand that has the perfect staples for your workwear wardrobe, these trousers are a lovely alternative to tailoring.

Finishing Touches

Make no mistake, your footwear has the power to make or break your outfit and if the rest of your ensemble is simple, this can be the place to have a little bit of fun and inject some colour and personality. A pointed flat pump is key to making dress down Fridays and smart casual dress codes work for you.

Henrietta Flats £88 Boden

These come in classic black as well as these brighter colour combos.

Hattie Scallop Heel flat Court Shoes £79 John Lewis

This best seller is back in navy leather and pink and yellow suede.

Emily Flats £129 Hobbs

These come in red and blue/black which are perfect and solve the problem of needing both black and navy flats.

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