trends & subculturesWednesday, September 8, 2021

The ultimate back-to-work wardrobe




As we prepare for life post-lockdown and many of us head back to the office, new and practical wardrobe solutions become a solid focus for the upcoming season. Workplaces are welcoming a more relaxed way of dressing, allowing an easier transition to the 9-to-5. Here, our senior menswear editor, Luke Raymond, outlines his favorite new work-wardrobe essentials, for everything from team meetings to after-work socialising.


The essential shirt and cozy trousers


'When it comes to classic fall combinations and back-to-work outfits, a fail-safe option will always be a shirt and trousers. Now, in a post-lockdown world, comfort is key and it takes form via loose fits and cozy fabrics. From the master of minimalism, Jil Sander presents plentiful essential pieces designed to slot effortlessly into an everyday wardrobe. Case in point: this pared-back shirt. Meanwhile, Ermenegildo Zegna’s cashmere-blend trousers are cut to a wide-leg allowing them to fit nicely into the office with minimal fuss.’


The easy co-ord and statement shoes


'Fall calls for a touch of vibrancy amongst traditional autumnal tones. For those who want easy-to-wear styles with a touch of character, Nanushka’s shirt and trousers co-ord comes in a deep purple hue to do just that. Take it one step further and pair with this season’s ultimate footwear essential: the statement loafer. Try Dolce & Gabbana’s leopard-print pair for a 70s-inspired finish to accommodate those post-work evenings in the city.’


The modern puffer and hybrid sneaker


'For the cult fashion lover, streetwear continues to be a prominent fixture into the new season, especially when work environments encourage expressionism. Take Off-White’s quilted puffer: it’s a spin on a perennial classic, which speaks to Virgil Abloh’s aspiration to take his streetwear man to a refined new place for fall. It’s functional and decidedly grown-up: a new staple fit for styling with a hybrid sneaker, such as the two-tone, mixed textured pair from experimental Japanese label AMBUSH.’




The statement cardigan and carry-all tote


'A cardigan is one of fall’s most versatile pieces. Simple styling tweaks give Dsquared2’s relaxed design a new context: jogging-style trousers lend a low-key feel; a jacket makes it work-appropriate; and a punchy accessory elevates the understated look. Meanwhile, craftsmanship and practicality come together to create Our Legacy’s orange tote: the intrinsically joyful mood is needed for the inevitable return to work.’


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