Fashion has taken a sensible turn and deemed it relevant and modern to work a suit at the office – whether the business dictate requires it or not.
The key? Steer away from charcoal, navy, and black, and navigate toward clean white or pastels, colourful prints, and bold brights.
The beauty of this trend is the bang for your buck; team the blazer with denim or contrasting trousers, or choose a plain blouse to wear with the print trousers – it’s not simply a one-outfit investment. On those days when you do choose to match up, slip on a smart court heel and dress your look down with a simple tee, rather than a stuffy blouse or shirt.
But what if tailored trousers aren’t for you? Rejoice in the knowledge that co-ordinated separates as a whole will be everywhere this season. A pencil skirt with an overlaid matching top is a super-chic choice and, once again, you can break away from the “matchy-matchy” style whenever the mood takes you, teaming your separates with contrasting pieces instead. Breathe new life into a black pencil skirt with the print top, or ramp up a simple navy trouser with a stand-out pattern up top.
Into the pale
Jacket, 8 to 22; dress, 8 to 22, R3 110 each, both House of Fraser at polyvore.com
Rethink the two-piece with a clever cover-up that matches your dress to perfection. This season, co-ordinating looks are so now. Banish any thoughts of old-fashioned designs and get ready to pick up pieces that complement each other perfectly! This dress and jacket make for a wonderful occasion outfit. Keep it looking expensive with nude shoes, which also tick the leg-lengthening box.
Top, XS to XL; pants, 36 to 42, R559 each, both Zara
Yes, it might be a bold print you haven’t tried before, but this ensemble will look fantastic on most shapes, provided it’s the right size and fit. Keep your accessories minimal so the attention stays on your outfit. Sky-high heels will keep it ultra-stylish.
Top, R649; skirt, R699, 4 to 16, Witchery
Grab for a stylish wrap skirt for an instant wardrobe refresh. This monochrome skirt and blouse combination has versatile written all over it. Give your look a laid back feel with a pair of comfortable trainers or a midi-heel.
Skirt, R629; top, R649, both 6 to 16, River Island
Pencil skirts are a must-have this season. Invest in a matching top and look stylish day or night, whatever the occasion.
Top, R149; culottes, R179, both S to XL, Legit
Swop your summer dress for this striped set. Perfect for those who never feel comfortable wearing a dress or skirt, and you’re guaranteed to get plenty of approving glances. Don’t want to show your arms? A simple cardi will do the trick. Wear with a bold neckpiece, and nude sandals to elongate your legs.
Top, R999; skirt, R1 199, both XXS to XL, Country Road
If you’re not ready to go all-out with bold shades and prints, this blouse and A-line skirt combo is for you. Complete your look with an oversized tote and a pair of block heels, and you’re on trend.