Whether you've had a summer holiday or not, the autumn months always bring that back-to-work feeling.
And dressing for work has never felt so daunting, especially now so many more of us are back in the office. But don't fret – it's easy to add a few extra layers of style with the latest A/W '21 trends. Whether you fancy delicate muted florals, chunky corduroy or the latest 'it' jacket, there's a simple way to update your autumn workwear.
1. Wardrobe staples
If the thought of transitioning out of your black joggers has got you feeling all nervous, it's time to go back to basics. Take a look at the new arrrivals in Hobbs and get busy adding a few key pieces to your wardrobe that can be restyled for the office again and again. A rich plum shirt can be worn buttoned up and accessorised with lots of jewellery or as a 'shacket', while a simple trench coat smartens up any outfit (although maybe not your 'day pyjamas' – they'd better stay at home).
2. Muted florals
Not quite ready to say 'goodbye' to summer? Well, this season floaty florals are being reworked into an autumn staple. Combine the look with a darker palette and opt for dramatic sheer fabrics, like this showstopping top from Zara. Layer the look with chunky accessories and cosy knitwear.
3. Runway-ready tweed
Inspired by the iconic Chanel suit, tweed jackets have never really gone out of style. However, this year they are making an even bigger comeback with a slouchy new silhouette and bright, punchy colours. Throw it on over any trousers and top combo, acccessorise with statement gold earrings and you'll be ready for that boardmeeting/power lunch/team briefing.
4. Comfortable commute
I think we can all agree that one thing we haven't missed about the office is rushing for your morning train in painful footwear. Make it easier on yourself by choosing some comfy trainers to stride about in. Leather high-tops, like these from Jones Bootmaker or simple suede trainers from Clarks look smarter than a typical streetwear design.
5. Earthy cords
For the ultimate autumnal addition to your wardrobe, why not add some chunky corduroy? Whether you choose an oversized shirt or office-ready slacks, opt for olive green, burnt orange or deep russety red for an instant seasonal update.