It’s back to the daily grind and you’re trying extra hard to re-train your brain – which is still in semi-party mode – into writing reports and attending countless meetings. Glittery gowns and sky-high heels you’ve spoiled yourself with over the holiday season have now moved to the back of your closet to make way for more blazers and pantsuits. But who says you can’t inject a little bit of office-appropriate fun to your work wear this new year? Get these key pieces and you probably won’t need an alarm clock to push you out of bed to get ready for work.
A Printed Pencil Skirt
Time to give your black pencil skirts a rest. Experiment with more colours and prints (nothing too bold, of course). Fancy some florals and dots? Go for a fun skirt such as Emma Cook’s Abbie Printed Stretch-Jersey Skirt. Pair it with a crisp, black button down blouse and a cropped jacket and you’ve instantly upgraded your basic work outfit.
A Fun Cardigan
Add pops of colour to your LBD or blouse-and-pants combo with a bright-coloured or printed cardigan. Freshen up your black ensemble with a punchy green cardigan like the Kenzo Crosshatch-Intarsia Cotton-Blend Cardigan.
A Leather Skirt
This little piece will not only make you feel sexy, but also confident and driven to succeed. Hello, dominatrix! Balance the sleek and edgy feel of the leather with a cashmere sweater, or wear a pair of tights under the skirt. Oh, and it doesn’t have to be black. Be bold with unexpected colours such as this burgundy, Terra Leather Pencil Skirt by Eudon Choi.
A Power Dress
Even when you’re not in a suit, you can still look professional, ready for battle and of course, fab, in a sleek dress that fits you perfectly. Be it a striking colour or a silhouette that makes you look taller, the right dress such as this Jason Wu Belted Ponte Shirtdress can be very empowering in the workplace.
Mules are a huge trend for Spring/Summer 2014. These stunners, a.k.a. backless shoes, the likes of Alexander Wang’s Dina Nubuck Mules, will make walking around from nine-to-five in your calf-revealing skirts and dresses, very bearable.
Now, who’s excited to go to work?