Corporate Chic 1.

Select Style Over Standard 

From speaking to a range of ladies in the corporate world, it’s clear that formal dressing is still very much au de jour and expected. However, officewear doesn’t need to be the generic get-up -  shirt, skirt/ trouser and a blazer – it absolutely can be (and should be) far more stylish.

In this series I’ll be focusing on each element of the workwear wardrobe separately and providing some gorgeous alternatives. First and foremost -  the standard crisp shirt. 

 
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The Peter pan collar is a charming alternative to the standard shirt collar and this top from Red Valentino is particularly lovely and won’t break the bank but still feels really special

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Another gorgeous alternative, this feels laid-back yet polished. A silk shirt with a light-hearted print - a dreamy combo. Good one Jigsaw! 

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This cardi is adorable, I’m really quite in love. It’s a brilliant alternative to a shirt and is soft and stylish. You could toughen it up with more masculine tailoring.

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Another brilliant offering from Paper London - always effortlessly cool and super stylish. They create beautiful pieces that make a professional woman feel confident. This Prince jumper is even better in the flesh 

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This lace top from Neul has a detachable flouncy neckline. It’s fun but still proper enough so that you won’t feel out of place in the office. Plus it’s also in the sale!

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I really like the soft knit on this sporty take on office wear from Cos. The wide contrast striped rib is great

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A fun candy stripe bow tie Prada shirt….and it’s now in the sale. It comes in a few colours, sadly the blue is nearly sold out 

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This option from Jaeger is lovely. The subtle gorgeous colour, collarless style and cuff detail are a delightful combo

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This is for the slightly more fashion forward or those in the creative industries. I feel this is a wonderful power dressing option

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Chartreuse is one of my favourite colours – this stand out Etro pussy bow beauty is now in the sale, so hurry and snap it up! There aren’t many left!

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I love the contrasting colour necktie as well as the oversized eyelets. I feel like this modern take on a sweater from Whistles still has enough about it that it feels formal enough for the office and adds a touch of personality and style in a more laidback way. Perhaps one for a dress down Friday?

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Lauren Manville