Some days (okay, most), our lunch break is spent sat at our desks staring down an ever-growing inbox while we fork at yesterday’s leftovers. Bleak. As 52 per cent of us are already spending this hour-off surfing the web we might as well be productive about it.
Since it’s November there’s no escaping the fact that winter is here and it’s set to stay this way for many months more. It’s time to hit reset on our wardrobes and pack away the flimsy cotton jumpers and make way for the cashmere, scarves and gloves. If last year’s offerings look sadder than you remember or - worse - moth eaten consider filling in the wardrobe gaps with this months’ edit of what to buy judging your lunch break...
Thursday - Batsheva, Prairie Ruffle-Trimmed Moire Faille Dress, £375, Matchefashion.com
The New York-based designer Batsheva Hay continues to entrance with her riffs on her grandmother's wardrobe. Pink moire, a high-ruffled collar, frills and puff sleeves has never looked so anarchic before, but perhaps thats because we wear ours with biker boots and a fleece. Yes, we said a fleece!
Wednesday - Boden, Cordelia Flats, £110
Prince of Wales check is having a bit of a moment, with thanks of course to Meghan Markle, Duchess of Sussex, Kitri, Gucci and Vetements who have been championing this gallant tartan. And, it just so happens to also be the pattern of our favourite Boden flats. With their plush grosgrain bow and eye-catching brooch, they make us feel like Blair Waldorf, which is no bad thing.
Tuesday - Jacquemus, Le Pantaloon Noia wide-Leg Woven Trousers, £550
Who doesn't love a wide-leg trouser? The elegant shape and sheer comfort of being able to move and breathe shouldn't be undervalued. The dramatic silhouette acts as a persuasive alternative to jeans for the nights when a going out-out top is on the agenda.
Monday - Leo All Star Double Breasted Blazer, £245
Perhaps its because we recently saw A Star Is Born, but we can't get this jacket out of heads. As far as blazers go this patterned design by Rixo has no understated illusions, but it's sharp cut and tailored fit means it can pull a double shift. Start Monday off with a spark and then enter the weekend with a celestial glow.
Friday - Nanushka, Carmen Shopper Tote In Plum Chutney, £373
The search for the smart tote is finally over. Capacious enough to store your sneakers and gym kit, sophisticated enough for meetings, we think we might have fallen in love.
Thursday - Airfield Blue Trousers With Drawcord, £213
Comfort is key when the weather is this bitter and we can't deny that Airfield's joggers appeal for this very reason. That said, add a pair of mules and an Ashley Williams hair slide and we can see these trousers carrying off a cooler, post-watershed vibe.
Wednesday - Charles & Keith, Lucite Heel Pointed Mules, £59
Forget the bling of crystals or the sparkle of sequins, this winter it's lucite that's on our going out-out agenda. The low heel of these mules appeals for a night out dancing, while the sophisticated navy hue will amp daytime denim.
Tuesday - Autograph, Pure Cashmere Roll Neck Jumper, £89
This icy blue cashmere roll neck shoulder will help you shrug off the bitterness of winter. We'll be wearing ours with midi skirts, blazers and boots.
Monday - Hunter, Women’s Original Long Puffer Coat, £295
It was with a sharp awakening that we stared down winter last week and came to the conclusion that we were ill-prepared. It's time to tuck away the ankles and layer up because it's officially freezing. This Hunter puffer coat, which was designed in collaboration with the artist Mat Maitland is not just the definition of cosy but visually appealing too.
Friday - Charlotte Simone, Bon Bon Bag, £150
Perhaps the most comforting trend to hit the shelves this winter comes in the form of fuzzy accessories, like this Charlotte Simone Bon Bon Bag. It's an easy win for party season as it's slightly more capacious than your average evening bag but equally it's the type of piece we'll wear on repeat with t-shirt and mom jeans.
Thursday - Office, Kobra Black Heel Knee Boots, £140
It's not just leopard that's on the menu for winter, but all animal print. We love these snake-effect boots for adding oomph to midaxi (you know, midi-to-maxi) dresses and little 60s-ish shifts.