The Autumn-winter collection is always filled with stylish workwear options that will be appropriate for the new season. Each year brings new trends and twists to office attire that are ready for the coming months. We review the season’s ten essentials for back-to-work.
The blazer is colorful
The black blazer is a great way to present professionalism and style, but there are other options that can be worn. These options are equally appropriate for work. It can be purchased in bright colors like AMI’s or in a more muted shade. You’d look great with either a neutral or black outfit. Bora Aksu’s blazer is cinched in and pink. This makes it a more stylish option. You are welcome to use less vibrant colours, such as emerald green and chocolate, as well as burgundy.
The pants have split hems
The look of tailored and suit trousers has been updated for this season. They are still fitted and elegant, but they have split hems to add visual interest. They can be worn with boots to show off fashion-forward shoes, while pumps will lengthen the legs for a slimmer silhouette. Derek Lam introduced a bright, bold red option to complement a white shirt and Theory has timeless black models.
The vest is making a comeback
The vest is a timeless favorite of the formal and workwear wardrobes. It has been hidden in wardrobes for over ten years. It’s back with a contemporary and modern approach this season. The suit vest can be worn as a long dress or as a single piece. It’s an excellent investment that will last for years. Etro offered a traditional, black option while Laura Biagiotti chose a fuchsia waistcoat with matching collarless jacket.
Leather is all about the details
We’ve seen many full-leather pieces in the autumn-winter collection, but office-appropriate pieces are often trimmed with leather to keep them on-trend and professional. Blazers feature contrasting collars. Shirts are finished with leather sleeves, and trousers have patent faux details. Barbara Bui’s houndstooth jacket is perfect for work. It has leather panels at the front that add a bit of edge. A belt is also a good idea, as Arias’s checked jumpsuit with a leather hem.
The suit is large
The suit is a perfect example of this winter’s emphasis on proportions. There are many options, from extra-large shoulders to long hems and oversized trousers. Altuzarra has shown a nipped in waist with high shoulders and paired it with palazzo trousers with a plaid or checked pattern. Maison Rabih Kayrouz’s suit, on the other hand, has a longer profile that hits the mid-thighs. The trousers completely cover the shoes.
Loafers are for men too
Loafers do not have to be made for women’s wear. The unisex version of the loafer is perfect for every season. These styles are rugged and made from patent leather. They also have heavy-duty soles that can be used on city sidewalks. At Cecilie Bahnsen and Celine, the loafers are set on rubber lug soles and made from shiny leather whereas at Christian Dior, velvet is used to create loafers-meet-slippers that nod to dandy styles and are detailed with logos on top.
Unexpectedly, the plaid pattern is used
Plaid is a timeless favorite in the back-to school wardrobe. It’s often rediscovered in palettes of chocolate, tan and dark-brown colors. It’s been updated with bold, bright colours that pack a punch for the autumn-winter 2002/02 season. The new styles and proportions are compelling. The plaid pattern at Andreas Kronthaler is burgundy, oversized, or dyed in bright green. At Marine Serre, it’s on a scarf which’s wrapped around the body to make it look like a bustier.
The tote has a structured design
Totes bags are a classic office staple that is loved by both men and women. Although there are still some classic, laid-back designs, this season is all about structured shapes. They can be easily positioned on any desk and will not require much effort. It’s slim and compact at Balmain but has enough room for your daily necessities. At Anteprima, it has the same size as a handbag, but has sharp edges that make it elegant.
The knits can be polished
Blouses and smart shirts are more popular than knits in the office. However, with all of this season’s options, you don’t have to leave them at home. There are many options for sophisticated sweaters and cardigans. They can be worn in the office or at home with a sleek handle, fine gauge, a fitted profile, or a slimmer handle. Aknvas offers a mock-neck sweater in lightweight fabric with a graphic design. Adeam has a purple knitted dress in a midi length with cutouts that would look great with knee-high boots.
Cozy and warm, the coat
The coat for the autumn-winter 2002/02 season can be worn over workwear. It is elegant and comfortable. There are many styles that tick all the boxes: a tailored coat with a plush hand, a cozy wrap overcoat, or a double-breasted version in luxe shearling. Auralee has seen a structured, upgraded sherpa jacket that features a stand collar and would go well with tailored trousers. The wrap coat is available at Alberta Ferretti in a teal color and is made of an alpaca-blend and wool-blend for soft, velvety handles.