Summer holidays are over, an autumn chill is in the air and the faint sound of leaves crunching underfoot echoes in the near distance... It’s official, it’s time to go back to work.
We’re here to make sure you’ve got everything you need to get back to business with a bang!
With the Zoom era coming to end as offices reopen, many of us are having to think about waist-down workwear for the first time in months.
Luckily, there are plenty of AW20 runway trends to get you excited about rebooting your workwear wardrobe. After what feels like an eternity in loungewear, the message is loud and clear: ‘all out’ is in!
Power dressing was big news on the runways and there are loads of fun ways to tap into the trend. Shop wide-leg tuxedo trousers, shoulder-detail blouses, oversized lapels, boxy blazers and maybe even a shoulder pad or two...
This autumn also sees the skirt suit return in blaze of glory. Wear it in all shapes and sizes – above the knee A-line styles or ankle-grazing pencil skirts, and any colour, pattern or texture goes.
Brave a statement two piece, or mix and match separates that can cycle through your wardrobe all season long (choose a belted blazer for extra fashion points!).
For instance, right now you can find an extra 50% off selected lines at GAP and M&S. Or if you want to spread your shopping spree across the season, Kurt Muller is running a limited-time offer that enables you buy a £50 voucher for £25 – for use after 30 days from date of purchase, with no expiry!
Major trends from the men’s AW20 runways also spill over nicely into office-ready fashion, the most wearable being checks, checks and more checks. From houndstooth to tartan, we want to see ‘em on blazers, shirts, trousers, coats... or all of the above.
Oversized tailoring also emerged as a dominant look. To incorporate the retro trend into your workwear wardrobe, look for longline lengths, dramatic double breasting and roomy shoulders.
Right now at Moss Bros, you can bag a suit, two shirts and extra trousers for £159 with their amazing-value suit bundles (pictured R), or you can choose a suit, shirt and tie from selected ranges at Skopes (pictured top) from £99.
And finally, the humble corduroy makes a play for chinos’ position as the go-to trousers for more relaxed work wardrobes – perfect to mix and match with different suit jackets, or paired with premium separates like these lambswool jumpers from M&S Outlet (pictured L), currently on offer at 2 for £35!
Nothing spells the beginning of autumn like the promise of a new winter coat. It’s the one item you’re going to wear every day, so it’s important to choose one that makes you look and feel amazing!
Leather and shearling are the statement coats of the season, while classic designs like the overcoat, trench, pea and parka never go out of style and make a timeless addition to your wardrobe.
Jack & Jones (pictured top) has a wide variety of traditional British styles with an urban twist. For classic, high-quality coats with unbeatable value, it has to be M&S Outlet (pictured bottom) – with up to an additional 50% off RRP currently in store.
Though it might not be too chilly yet, it’s a good idea to shop ahead of time for scarfs, hats and gloves so you’re prepared for that first morning frost. Or if you’ve been itching to try the beret trend, now is the perfect time!
It’s time to ditch the unkempt, quarantine chic look many of us have been rocking the past few months, which means a trip to the barbers or hair salon is a MUST.
Whether you’re a BB cream babe or contour queen, the turn of the season is a great excuse to refresh your makeup collection. Swap bronzer for a rosy-cheeked blush and sweep autumnal hues like warm copper, chocolate and bronze across eyelids for a pared-back, office-ready smokey eye.
Pay a visit to Beauty Outlet for a range of high street favourites and luxury beauty brands at outlet prices (pictured).
Keep those newly-established lockdown beards looking their best with conditioning beard oil from The Body Shop, where you can also stock up on naturally-sourced bath and beauty goodies to help you unwind after a hard day's work!
If you’ve been reaching for a lighter, citrus-based perfume or cologne through summer, it’s also time to embrace warmer, more complex fragrances like YSL's Black Opium (pictured). Explore woody cedar or tobacco-based scents, with notes of cinnamon, vanilla or patchouli at The Fragrance Shop – or talk to the team in store, who will be able to help find the perfect scent for you.
It’s the little things that make a big difference when it comes to acing your work day. Whether that’s a dedicated laptop sleeve in your handbag or backpack, a new watch or a lightweight-but-sturdy brolly that won’t turn inside out at the slightest breeze.
If you’ve mastered your barista skills at home over the past few months, a reusable travel mug or thermos from ProCook will let you sip on your favourite hot drink anywhere and help keep the planet – and your bank balance – healthy!
When it comes to keeping organised, mid-year diaries, as well as weekly planners, organisers and notebooks are available in all shapes and sizes at The Works outlet.