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how to wear the workwear refresh

The key pieces you need to curate a timeless working wardrobe without sacrificing on style.

Words by Shona Wallace.

THE NEW ICON

GABRIELA HEARST

Synonymous with timeless sophistication and quiet luxury, Gabriela Hearst is the label of choice for professional modern women. Season after season, the Uruguayan designer showcases a collection of timeless investment pieces with endless styling options. Focusing on craftsmanship and cut rather than transient trends, Hearst speaks to the woman who buys quality over quantity. For AW19, Hearst plays to her strengths with a line of strong tailored coats, easy midi dresses and tonal knitted co-ords with matching knee-high boots. Look to the runway for styling inspiration – the top-to-toe tonal looks are smart enough for the office, yet still feel modern.

THE ACCESSORY

NEW CLASSIC BAGS

The past few seasons have seen a shift towards instant classic bags with forever appeal. The ideal complement to modern workwear, these new icons are defined by structured shapes, clean lines, impeccable craftsmanship and minimal branding. Leading the charge is Daniel Lee at Bottega Veneta, who has designed a number of new signature shapes at the house, including The Marie, a sleek tote with room for all your day-to-day essentials. Also worthy of note are Gucci’s retro-tinged Zumi, Balenciaga’s ladylike Sharp and, for the purists, Jil Sander’s pared-back box bags.

THE look

THE STRONG SUIT

Tailoring is always a smart investment for work. This season’s suiting has an air of powerful femininity – think strong, sharp shoulders, nipped-in waists, modern cuts and luxe finishes. Look to the Prada runway for a directional take or consider Pallas x Claire Thomson Jonville for a flattering twist on the timeless tux. Styling-wise, you can go relaxed with a plain white Wardrobe.NYC T-shirt and clean white low-top trainers or keep it traditional with a crisp cotton shirt by the experts at Emma Willis. Out of office? Underpin a blazer with a silk camisole and cinch the waist with a wide Bottega Veneta belt.

THE NEW NAME TO KNOW

DUNCAN

Established earlier this year by Michelle Duncan, a senior executive at Estée Lauder, Duncan is a line of precisely tailored, confident dresses for modern working women. The label is geared towards those who, like Duncan, work in a corporate environment, yet still wish to wear something that feels true to them. Designed and made in New York City, the label’s debut collection combines sophisticated, conservative silhouettes with offbeat, almost gothic details. Think punk-inspired tartans, dramatic feather trims and ruby-red embellishments.

THE SHOE

PUMPS VS FLATS

There are two ways to go when it comes to shoes: the updated pump or the heritage flat. The focal point of the former is the heel – artful detailing, be that the new spool silhouette at Bottega Veneta or Loewe’s burnished walnut heels, brings a sense of modernity to the classic pointed pump. The latter is all about vintage-inspired shapes, such as Burberry’s sleek logo-topped loafers and Hereu’s line of nostalgic Mary-Janes – a luxe take on traditional school shoes.

THE KEY PIECE

THE LEATHER COAT

A streamlined coat is an easy way to work leather into your everyday wardrobe. Just drape it over an otherwise understated look to add instant polish and an air of understated luxury. Reimagined in butter-soft brown leather, Loewe’s signature collarless belted coat is an endlessly versatile piece that will only get better with time. Another key investment style is The Row’s tailored high-neck coat. For a more statement approach, opt for something with a high-shine patent finish, such as AMI’s reimagined trench or Officine Générale’s 1960s-inspired burgundy overcoat.

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