The Four Key Elements to this Winter’s Seasonal Corporate FashionTrends
This season is all about mixed textures, soft greys and dark palettes. But, how do you incorporate that into your workwear? Whether your workplace needs a uniform overhaul or a new dress code, understanding seasonal trends is important. We show you the best of autumn/winter 2017 and what to keep in mind when dressing for the office.
This season, heavy waffle knits are in. This trend appears to be perfect for a casual weekend outfit - can it be incorporated into workwear? YES! Chunky knit vests for men make the perfect addition to a uniform. The thick texture is practical in the colder months and it is a great layer for the office.
Speaking of layers, the multi-layered look is also trending. For both men and women, having a shirt, a fine wool jumper and a coat is a go-to winter uniform combination. This means that layering textures are an easy trend to implement into an existing dress code. Variation of fabrics within an outfit achieves the layered look. A silky button up shirt, a knit and a tweed jacket or wool blazer is the perfect layered corporate uniform. Prada is doing it, Alexander Macqueen is doing it, Burberry is doing it - your office can do it too!
One of the easiest ways to move between seasons os to change the colour palettes within your wardrobe. In Spring and Summer, bright colours, whites and pastels are great. Come winter, you want something softer and darker. This season, jewel tones, reds and greys are all the rage. These colours work well within a corporate setting. Here are our top two colour picks for 2017:
Reds are a great choice to brighten up a dull winter wardrobe. This warming tone brightens up any outfit, yet is subtle enough for the workplace. Whether it is a dress-code red lipstick or a berry toned blazer - this colour palette is a great choice for the season.
Every shade of grey is trending this winter season. Grey knits are popular right now, as are grey silks. Button up shirts in a soft grey make a nice change from the standard white. Marl grey jumpers and vests soften a black suit. This colour is flexible, flattering and a great investment for the cooler months.
Blast from the Past
The inspiration for the trends this season is diverse. However, the cat-walks all speak of times gone by with 1960’s style trench coats and cigarette pants. These key pieces may be a nod to vintage fashion, but they are the perfect additions to any contemporary winter uniform. Both practical and on-trend, these items are a great way to diversify workwear for winter.
Cigarette pants for ladies
These 1960’s style trousers are an opportunity to change up women’s wear in the office. The straight, tailored legs create a slim silhouette. The tapered trousers often finish above the ankle, allowing for a more feminine look. This cut also means that shoes can made a feature. Oxfords or small heels look great with cigarette pants. Whether made from a silky fabric or a more structured option, these trousers are fantastic for the office.
The classic camel coloured trench coat is back in style. Tortoise shell buttons and a standing collar make this a feature piece on male staff members. Trench coats are a practical choice, yet they also portray a put-together look.
This season, the details are important. Oversized buttons, floaty sleeves, and unique collars are the things which will make your work uniform stand out from the crowd.
For men, collars are big. Large point collars are a more formal choice for winter, but still very much on trend. Alternatively, a club collar is a statement for the office with its rounded edges. For women, the larger the collar - the better. Upturned collars are the new power-suit for women and portray a stylish, professional look.
In women’s wear, sleeves are a feature this season. Fluted sleeves are on trend, often protruding from underneath jumpers. Contrasting colour on sleeve edges is also an option. For example, a black button up shirt, with sheer red sleeve tips, would be a stylish choice.
Large buttons on coats are another nod to the 1960’s. Whether a trench coat, a blazer or a more casual jacket - having large buttons shows an understanding of what is popular right now.
Dressing for the office in winter doesn’t have to be boring or uncomfortable. Ensure staff are warm and stylish by taking inspiration from the seasonal trends. In women’s wear, sleeves are a feature this season. Fluted sleeves are on trend, often protruding from underneath jumpers. Contrasting colour on sleeve edges is also an option. For example, a black button up shirt, with sheer red sleeve tips, would be a stylish choice.
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