4 Classic Trends That Will Instantly Update Your Work Wardrobe

Whether you’re starting a new job or are back at the same, well-chosen wardrobe updates will ensure you feel confident and put together



Turns out Annie Hall had the right idea, and a stylish waistcoat is just right for these times too. They were one of the key trends at the international spring/summer 2020 shows, seen at the likes of Louis Vuitton, Celine and Marc Jacobs. They’re versatile and great for layering, so go slightly oversized for a hint of dandyish charm, or more fitted for a boost of structure.

Louis Vuitton spring/summer 2020.


A great bag is a workday must — you lug it around for the whole week, you may as well pick one you like. Recent iterations boast practicality while being easy on the eye. Featuring both a top handle and longer strap, you can wear your satchel across the body or swinging from your hand, as seen at the Fendi and Hermes spring/summer 2020 shows.

Fendi spring/summer 2020.


Indulge in some colour therapy and incorporate “classic blue”, Pantone’s colour of 2020, into your outfit repertoire. “It’s a reassuring blue, full of calm and confidence,” Laurie Pressman, vice-president of the Pantone Color Institute, told Time magazine. It goes well with camel and tan, as well as cream, brown and pink.

Theory pre-fall 2020.

H&M Studio dress $169.


Another “borrowed from the boys” update, this season’s favourite style of blazer is oversized and relaxed. To add contrast to this shape, stick with sleek garments underneath like some well-tailored trousers and a silk shirt. Keep an eye on op shops and both brick-and-mortar and online vintage stores, you’ll find some good options there too.

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Vintage blazer, $90, from Etsy.

Zara waistcoat, on sale for $45.90.

De La Vali waistcoat, $550, from Net-a-Porter.

Deadly Ponies bag $829.

Kowtow trousers, on sale for $139.

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