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Top 20 workwear buys


by Ellen Kerry |
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Remember that feeling of excitement you used to get when the summer holidays were finishing up? There was nothing better than hitting WH Smith with your mum to choose your new pencil case (fluffy) and shoes (Clarks, obvs). We’re aiming to make everyday feel like that with our guide to up-styling your workwear.

If you’re being a clever clogs and getting started on an apprenticeship in your preferred career (because it’s not all about university courses, you know!), a slick new ‘drobe is a must. Yes, organisational skills and knowing how to make a perfect brew will most certainly help you cement yourself within a team and having a new set of clothes that work as hard as YOU do will totally up your style-ante.

Because we’re ever so nice, we’ve done all of the hard work for you. Whether you work in a creative-type office, a trad office, learning to be a social media guru, being a smartypants engineer or even sharpening your baking skills on your apprenticeship, we’ve got your shopping fix.


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Invest in a shirt dress. It's the ultimate clash of girly and lad and works with either sharp points or brogues. Add a bright lip for extra sass. ASOS White £TBC

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Work in a proper office-type-place where a suit is expected? No problemo. Swerve stuffy shades and boring tailoring in favour of a two-piece that could totes works separately. Topshop Premium £68

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Topshop Premium £50

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A smart coat in a neutral colour is a majah investment. It won't clash, it'll make anything you're wearing look 100% better and keeps you dry/warm. WIN. Zara £99.99

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If you can't handle crushing your toes into heels for 8.5 hours a day, go for a pair of flats. Regular ballet flats are a) boring, b) easily ruined and c) way too Geri Halliwell circa Look At Me. Instead snap up some points. ASOS £22

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Satchels are so, like, 2004. We're srsly into this chic faux leather backpack. Mango £39.99

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Liven up your tailored trews with a sweet printed shirt. Zara £29.99

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Wear culottes and risk being the envy of the office. SRSLY. Team with brogues and a turtleneck for extra punch. Next £32

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For times when the office air con is CHILL, this over slouchy trousers + a bright lip = YES. Topshop £30

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Impress your work pals with your white hot trend skills. 70s is going to be HUGE and this skirt nails that. Plus, it's modest and therefore office appropes. M&S Autograph £199

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This smart blue tote is big enough for important files (which you'll obvs have because you're well important) and it looks aces. New Look £17.99

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Our lust of stationary hasn't waned from our secondary school obsession. But it HAS gotten way more slick. House of Hackney £22

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Gotta wear a blazer? Make it a cream beaut with gold buttons. Bonus; this will work perfectly with skinny jeans and a tee on the weekend. River Island £28

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Heels make you feel instantly more #girlboss. This pair aren't too high >> les pain factor and they're silver. Hot. ASOS £32

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This pair of camel trousers will work mega hard. Wear with silver points and a luxe shirt then switch it up with adidas shelltoes and a big knit. River Island £35

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Slip a sharp white shirt under this pinny dress then add patent loafers. Miss Selfridge £35

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Yeah, we know you have a phone but being able to casually galnce at a sweet timepiece on your wrist is pretty great. Olivia Burton £70

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Just imagine these fierce flat with loose peg trews and a grey roll neck... dreamy. Zara £39.99

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Gigantic bobby dazzler drops might be a bit yikes for most offices. We're crushing on these barely-there Pac Man hoops. Whistles £20

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Layer with a long-sleeved turtleneck during work; ditch it and add heels to partaaaaay after. Topshop £32

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