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5 Office-Appropriate Looks To See You Through 2020

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When it comes to looking put together, classic pieces always work wonders. And few pieces are more classic than a white button down shirt. The same arguably goes for well-fitting jeans, smart ankle boots and a killer blazer; so why not wear them altogether? For a polished-smart casual look, pair this budget-friendly H&M cotton shirt with straight leg black jeans for a no-fuss look. We’re fans of either Agolde’s pinch waist high rise kick jeans or H&M’s vintage slim high ankle jeans. Complete the outfit with ZARA’s black ankle boots and this smart double-breasted blazer from Topshop, and add a little interest with some appliqué earrings.

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Jeans in the office a no-go? There’s no need to reach for that pencil skirt, another look that’s simple yet effective can be easily achieved with a pair of high-waist cropped trousers, a simple top and loafers. The flattering leslie pants by Future Classics come in both navy and grey, which work perfectly for a neutral colour palette base. Or opt for H&M’s tie-waist ankle length trousers, which also come in a range of colours. Pair with Topshop’s LOPEZ black backless loafers and ZARA’s tie-neck blouse.

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Another essential to complete a workwear wardrobe is a well-fitted suit. And a hard-working piece that can be dressed up or down and worn together, or as separates, is the trouser suit. Stay away from classic black and go for colour for a modern look. We’re fans of the rich tones of ZARA’s petrol blue blazer and skinny trousers, but also love the neutral tones of the Stephanie blazer and Matilda pant by Song of Style. Wear either with a classic white tee and finish off your outfit with pointy slingbacks. Or, for an androgynous take, opt for simple white sneakers.

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Shirtdresses offer an easy answer to the struggle of getting dressed in the morning. With just one simple piece you can look pulled together and ready for the day in a flash, while still showing off a little personality (not to mention scoring some precious extra minutes in bed!). If you’re partial to monochrome, don’t miss H&M’s calf-length shirt dress (which also comes in several other colours). However, for less corporate environments, we can’t resist a bit of print. Favourites of ours include the abstract spot selma tie dress and the carys tiger print shirt dress from Whistles, along with Topshop’s ecru check shirred midi shirt dress. Add a fashion edge by wearing your dress of choice with slip on white mules.

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For a slightly more relaxed look, that still fits in with smart/casual dress codes, a printed skirt and a statement blouse is a great option. Show off some personality with Whistles’ assorted leaves print skirt and pair with organza puff sleeve blouse. For those less keen on colour, opt for Topshop’s black star tie pleated midi skirt and wear with ASOS Design’s cream leather heeled sock boots.

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