The cool, casual second coming of office wear has arrived.
Even the most traditional offices are taking a more relaxed approach to their dress code as part of the new normal, allowing you to blend a bit of casual style with sartorial smarts and classic tailoring. The result? Modern workwear that’s versatile and sharp – you’ll want to work overtime to show off your fresh office fits.
Going over the top
A tailored overcoat (like this Saba style, pictured) can be worn over the top of looser layers to create an easy, approachable work style. Make a boxy designer overcoat – in laid-back colours such as khaki or olive – your go-to over relaxed chinos and a slouched cotton blazer. Add a collared shirt to avoid sacrificing sharpness to the casual gods.
SCOTCH & SODA
Chic Double-Breasted Coat
The Mens Chino Pant
All in the detail
Look closely: finer details are once again getting the attention they deserve. Rather than big, bold colours and prints, these days it’s the more considered finishes, such as cross-stitching in accessories like belts, box-white sneakers and textured fabrics (such as the soft corduroy of these Altea chocolate brown trousers), making for tangible moments that will push your work style up the ladder.
Bundy Diamond-Weave Knit
Corduroy Cargo Pant
Aiden Half-Button Long-Sleeve
Zakkary Burnish-Finish Tassel Loafer
Whether your commute is a long bike or train ride, or a simple few steps to your home office, brands like Eleventy and Politix are creating more forgiving cuts in softer technical fabrics that allow for a comfortable and stylish commute. Traditional trousers are getting a comfort upgrade with elasticated waist details and wider legs, while the blazers of old can be traded for sharp-cut zip jackets, peacoats and bombers with ample pocket space for life on the move.
Navy Tech Bomber
Slim-Fit Trousers with Drawcord
Christchurch Slim-Cut Polo
Elasticated-Waist Cropped Pants
Up to your neck
Swapping a traditional work shirt for a turtleneck (such as this Pal Zileri polo neck), could be the simple office style saviour we’ve long been waiting for. How to pull it off? Keep the look monochrome to streamline with your other layers.
Metropolitan Soft Backpack
LAB BY PAL ZILERI
Photography by Duncan Killick; Styling by Dannielle Cartisano; Words by John Agnew.