Work Wear Wardrobe

YSL Autumn-Winter 2011-12Work wear should be more than a simple white shirt with a striped tie, it should ooze sophistication, domination, confidence and reliability. Getting up for nine in the mornings can make anyone want to throw on just about anything and crawl into work, but your choice of outfit could reflect how other work colleagues view you.


A scruffy shirt with a creased skirt may raise a few eyebrows, yet a sculptured work dress with skyscraper heels would get the approval of your manager and also present you in a more positive light. Take your mind to Yves Saint Laurent’s Autumn/Winter 2011 collection, every detail on the designs oozes sharp tailoring, with pencil skirts that are sharper than any other. The collection strongly presents black and white tweed tailoring that promotes pure elegance mixed with laid-back chic. Their swing-back jackets engulf gold-chain detailing which matches up with their handbags.


A work wardrobe need not be as pricey as Yves Saint Laurent however, as the high street boasts its own version.


Dorothy Perkins provides work wear outfits that are to die for! Their shift dresses can allow one to look sophisticated yet glamorous for work. They are easy to wear and range from brights to classic LBDs. The black belted fitted dress, £38, is a fine example of the classic LBD, which can be teamed with a pair of cream or bright heels to bring a pop of colour! The Limited Edition Blue Linen Cigarette trousers, £12, teamed with the matching Blue Linen Drape Pocket Blazer, £30. presents sharp tailoring with a feminine twist.


Black belted fitted dress - £38.00, Dorothy PerkinsTheir shirts are anything but plain white, the Berry Sleeveless Shirt, £26, is one of the key shades for Autumn/Winter 2011, while the Navy/Cream Bow Placket Shirt, £20, and Tan Gathered Waist Blouse, £29.50, show how colour can be introduced to a work wardrobe which may be predominately black and white.


The Brick Belted Pencil Skirt, £28, is another strong colour, which is closely similar to a berry tone and the Grey Stripe Belted Skirt, £25, would look impossibly elegant teamed with a nude shirt.


When considering an outfit for work what must also be considered are the accessories, more importantly shoes and bags! I normally witness women with over-sized, haggard bags, which are filled with work folders, lunch and tissues. Why not consider instead the Black Chunky Lock Bag, £16, or even the Black Raffia Plait Tote, £35. Considering it is still summer the Mustard Croc Tote, £28, and the Coral Plait Handle Tote, £29, would be a transfer from black and would brighten most mornings!


Dorothy Perkins also boasts an impressive shoe range, which when teamed with a shift dress or tailored trousers would create a show stopping look. The Cream Platform Court, £36Black Raffia Platform, £38, and the Taupe Mary Jane Platform, £36, add a dominating style to office wear  and can instantly make legs appear longer!


Dressing up does not need to be sidelined to after work anymore, as work wear is more daring and a lot more imaginative!