Style Notes: 5 Day-to-Night Office Trends for AutumnBy Angelica Malin
August is the most sartorially confusing of all the months; it’s too warm for proper coats, too cold for jersey dresses, none of your summer clothes look good with tights on and it’s just a *little* too early in the season for cozy cashmere jumpers. Transitional dressing can be really tricky, especially when you’ve got keep things smart for work, too. The key is keeping it simple, I say; if you’re finding seasonal dressing a total nightmare, we’ve come to the rescue with these easy day-to-night looks for Autumn. Here’s what to rock on your commute this week:
The Power Suit
I personally believe that suits are coming back for women in a big way – classy, bold, sassy, they make a serious statement. Opt for a bright, neutral colour, so you come off more Samantha Jones than Judge Judy. Here’s our favourites right now:
Topshop always nails it when it comes to powerful yet stylish work weak. We say: channel a smart, modern look with this stylish slouch suit blazer in blush – it’s both feminine and means business. Buy here.
Ok, so this isn’t exactly a suit – but it has the effect of one, with none of the expense. We’re obsessed with blazer styles; perfect for work to wine, desk ’till drinks, this wrap style playsuit from Missguided in forever-favourite black will see you through. It fits like a dream, with a tie waist and concealed zip, it’s the perfect thing for Friday in the office (just wear a cami underneath). Buy here.
Nudes are never not in fashion – rightly so, this colour is the perfect thing to see you through Autumn. If you’re looking for something classy and elegant, this nude blazer from Missguided featuring a button fastening, long sleeves with buttoned cuffs and fitted style, is just the ticket. Buy here.
Animal prints are everywhere on the high street right now. If you’re a bit shy of bringing the animal print into your wardrobe, start with a simple printed shirt with black jeans and Chelsea boots – nothing too crazy, but can really mix up your work wardrobe. Here’s some of our top picks for getting your inner animal on:
Add a super luxe look to your outfit with this snake print long sleeve shirt. To amplify the look, add some colour-pop denim to really make an impact. Buy here.
Release some animal with this dreamy satin leopard print. We think this oversized shirt is a season essential – perfect for all occasions wear from the office to the dance floor, just add heels. Buy here.
If you’re looking to spice up your work wear, this leopard print skirt is a the top of our hit list. Featuring a satin material with a tan print design and an asymmetric hem, this playful skirt looks great with something simple on top. Pair it with a tee and barely-there heels for a day-to-night look. Buy here.
I mean, who doesn’t love wearing PJs to work? With a relaxed retro feel, this leopard printed pyjama mini shirt dress has an ultra-luxe look. To add a pop of colour, try wearing with some red brogues. Buy here.
The Blouse Edit
Smart but cool blouses are a staple in any work wardrobe. Rather than summery, floral prints and bold colours, opt for white and creams in the Autumn to keep things simple and seasonal. Here’s our favourite white numbers:
We love a simple white blouse for Autumn – perfect paired with some dark-washed skinny jeans and black boots. This breezy blouse is gathered at the waist by a loosely tied knot for effortless, figure-flattering definition, while a slit down the back imparts a bit of sultriness. Buy here.
Get a classic desk-to-drinks look with this white shirt. Featuring a plunging neckline, belted tie waist and collar detail, this shirt is perfect with lighter denim jeans and ankle boots. Buy here.
Silk blouses never go out of fashion. This 100% silk number is an Autumnal dream, in delicately flowing, slightly transparent Crêpe de Chine. Bang on-trend, feminine cut, with an adjustable self-tying bow at the neckline. Buy here.
Nice + Neutral
Neutrals are the ideal wardrobe staple in Autumn – they basically go with everything, so you can make your work clothes go that bit further. Look for texture when it comes to neutral colours – suede, wools and fluffy fabrics are a great way to liven up a neutral look. Here’s our favourites right now:
Neutral suede jackets are the perfect addition in Autumnal weather. We say, step up your jacket game with this moto-inspired number crafted from buttery-soft suede and equipped with edgy details. The wide, notched collar and removable waist belt summon this season’s ’70s vibes, while the epaulets and zip-detail cuffs scream classic cool. Buy here.
It might not be time for cashmere yet, but it’s never too early for a cosy wool jumper. We loved this speckled alpaca and wool blend crewneck sweater, with a ribbed collar and a straight fit torso, which is the perfect transitional number for your closet. Buy here.
Teddy bear coats are essential this season and we are obsessing over this camel coat from Pretty Little Thing. Featuring a super-cosy camel material, zip up front with pockets and an elasticated hemline, it’s like wearing a duvet to work. Ideal. Buy here.
Autumnal Make-Up Favourites
And, thus, not only does your wardrobe shift a gear in Autumn, but make-up too. I find myself gravitating towards the more golden, rust and brass colours on eyes in Autumn, and ditch bold lip colours I love in Summer, in place of simple, stripped-back beauty for the season. Here’s my Autumnal make-up favourites:
Experiment with 12 never-seen-before (and insanely beautiful) rose-hued neutrals from Urban Decay. From pale, shimmery and pink to the deepest black matte with red micro-glitter, this palette will see you through Autumn like a dream. Buy here.
Contouring can work wonders, but it’s not for everyone. Enter ‘non-touring’ — the secret to gorgeous, glowing skin that never looks overdone. This highlighting fluid from Urban Decay is the perfect barely-there glow for Autumn – simply apply to cheekbones and blend with a make-up sponge for a glow all day long. Buy here.
Jamie Genevieve’s neutral beige lipstick with a satin finish is the perfect easy colour for every day. The limited-edition hue is the kind of lipstick you’ll want to wear all day, every day. Buy here.
Create the ultimate radiant complexion with bareMinerals Pure Brightening Serum Foundation SPF20 – bareMinerals’ first mineral foundation and skincare serum in one. This is the perfect foundation if you’re looking for something a little lighter on skin, that still leaves a clear complexion and healthy glow. Buy here.
Set your sights on Capri with this transportive nine-shade eye shadow palette inspired by the la dolce vita look. A richly pigmented spectrum of velvety matte and light-reflective shades enhances luminosity, leaving your eyes looking sparkling and flawless. Buy here.