These new workwear trends deserve a spot in your 9-to-5 wardrobe

The cool, casual second coming of office wear has arrived.

PAUL SMITH Single-Cuff Slim Shirt, PAUL SMITH Two-Button Suit, PS BY PAUL SMITH Lee Sneakers

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

ALTEA Corduroy Cream Long-Sleeve Shirt, ALTEA Printed Jersey Jacket, SABA Judd Mac Jacket, SABA Judd Tapered Dress Chino

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

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COUNTRY ROAD

Knit Polo

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ASSEMBLY LABEL

The Mens Chino Pant

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REISS

Gable-Epsom Overcoat

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All in the detail

SABA Miramar Knit Polo, ALTEA Corduroy Cargo Pant, GEOFFREY BEENE Braided Pin-Buckle Belt, AXEL ARIGATO Clean 90 Sneaker

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.

POLITIX

Bundy Diamond-Weave Knit

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ALTEA

Corduroy Cargo Pant

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REISS

Aiden Half-Button Long-Sleeve

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POLITIX

Zakkary Burnish-Finish Tassel Loafer

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Commute-friendly cuts

ELEVENTY Platinum Checked Shirt, ELEVENTY Sweatshirt with Contrast, ELEVENTY Single-Breasted Wool Jacket with Removable Panel, ELEVENTY Pocket Square, ELEVENTY Platinum Wool Chino Pant

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.

CALIBRE

Navy Tech Bomber

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HUGO BOSS

Slim-Fit Trousers with Drawcord

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POLITIX

Christchurch Slim-Cut Polo

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AMI

Elasticated-Waist Cropped Pants

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Up to your neck

PAL ZILERI Knit Turtleneck, PAL ZILERI Vicenza Single-Breasted Suit, PAL ZILERI Leather Belt, AXEL ARIGATO Clean 90 Sneakers

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.

BALENCIAGA

Long-Sleeve Turtleneck

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COACH

Metropolitan Soft Backpack

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LAB BY PAL ZILERI

Turtleneck Sweater

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ELEVENTY

Tennis Shoes

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Photography by Duncan Killick; Styling by Dannielle Cartisano; Words by John Agnew.