When we mere mortals think about fashion week, we think of gorgeous models strutting down the runway in couture gowns and clothing so experimental, outrageous and abstract that we can’t even imagine these clothes ever leaving the runway. And while it may be true that in real life, let alone a work environment would probably not be a suitable playground for most of the collections, upon closer inspection it’s easy to conclude that in terms of wear ability, this season’s collections are possibly the friendliest they’ve ever been. Of course, certain tweaks here and there are in order, but there is most definitely a way to wear many of the looks to the office, and it’s time you learn how.
All the suits
Power suits have had a bad rep for being drab, too corporate and overly conservative, but this year’s runways have done their best to redefine the suit and the results are mesmerising. Straight from Milan, we have MGSM and their 80s inspired blue suit with a slightly oversized blazer and a bold floral blouse that will give you Working Girl vibes, but updated Max Mara was there with their own version – a subtle gold suit complete with a turtleneck and a gold trench coat. Makeup should be minimalistic. Although this look could be just a bit too much, the great thing about a suit is that you can separate it – rock the pants with a beige blouse and mix the blazer with neutral pants, and put some bold reddish lipstick. And, while we’re still in Italy, no power suit is complete without a great find among all the amazing Italian leather bags, so don’t be caught going to work without one. Still, if these suits are out of your comfort zone, something along the lines of this super-chic black one by Jacquemus is pure perfection, and you can rock the beret too. However, when it comes to suits, no one did it like Stella McCartney – feminine yet masculine, fitted yet oversized – this is what suit dreams are made of.
Bolder than ever
Forget all about the frilly pastel florals that were only suitable for hot summer days and outdoor parties. Florals have gone through quite a transformation, and this gorgeous dress by Erdem seen during London FW is the embodiment of the new floral. With shades so dark and blooms so murky, this is the perfect office power move, so the next time you go shopping for work clothes, don’t discard the print – just narrow your search down.
We’re beginning to see the message all the designers have been sending – empowerment may just be the common theme of all the shows. How else to explain the abundance of red – from Oscar De La Renta to Jil Sander? Still, to walk out of the house wearing head to toe red would be a just a tad too much. Still, you shouldn’t forgo red – simply play it smart. A fitted midi red dress with long sleeves will make the right impression at work – you’re both moderate as well as a power-player.
Break the rules
While in Paris, it’s very important to look back at the Valentino collection. Not so long ago, mixing red and pink was one of the ultimate fashion crimes, but brands like these break the rules to show us just how silly they are, so the next time you want to pair that red dress with a millennial pink coat – go right ahead. You can see for yourself what a match made in heaven combination this is.
From high rise plaid pants at Tome’s show in NY, Hermes neutrals in Paris to Fay in Milan, it’s clear that high rise pants that perfectly accentuate the figure and serve to flatter the waistline will dominate both continents. Whether worn with tucked in blouses or paired up with a cosy sweater, these are the pants to wear this fall, and don’t forget to add a pair of high-heel ankle boots to elongate the legs even more.