7 Street Style Tricks To Make Your Work Wardrobe Better

Hot from the streets of Paris Fashion Week

Paris fashion week street style

by Hannah Banks-Walker |
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When you’re adhering only to your own dress code, your wardrobe can feel like an endless Narnia of possibilities. When you’re getting dressed in a sleepy haze every day during the week, all while considering what can or can’t be worn in the workplace, things don’t feel quite so exciting. It’s enough to make you yearn for the days of school uniform, when you may have been forced into a bottle green, itchy ensemble but at least you didn’t agonise over what on earth to put on each morning.

Some people are great at workwear. Some people gravitate towards smart, classic pieces that look appropriate and elegant all at the same time. It’s effortless for those people. For others, not so much. You might think that the looser the dress code, the fewer problems you’d have getting dressed. But this isn’t always the case. Wherever your place of work, whatever your job, trying to come up with new ideas for an everyday wardrobe is boring, frustrating and too much of a faff.

Rejoice, then, for Paris Fashion Week. Not the most obvious of sources for workwear solutions, granted, but it delivered them all the same. Or rather, the show-goers did. On the streets of the French capital, between the shows, we saw all manner of canny style tricks exhibited by some of the most stylish. And what struck us most was the fact that these tricks translate effortlessly into our own wardrobes, making for a more exciting twist on our workwear.

From the new way to layer and pops of animal print to trainers with tailoring and the new smart shoes, these are the best styling tricks of PFW, soon to be seen on all your (most stylish) colleagues.


Fashion Week Style Tricks To Make Workwear More Interesting

oversized blazer street style1 of 15

Make Tailoring Oversized

Swap your more fitted jackets for an oversized blazer and team with straight leg trousers and jazzy accessories

MSGM, Red Oversized Blazer, £560, My Theresa2 of 15

MSGM, Red Oversized Blazer, £560, My Theresa

Cowboy boots workwear street style3 of 15

Swap Courts For Cowboy Boots

Ditch your tired old pumps and wear your smart tailoring with this season's cowboy boots

Golden Goose Deluxe Brand, £590, Net-a-Porter4 of 15

Golden Goose Deluxe Brand, £590, Net-a-Porter

Trench coat layered over suit street style5 of 15

Know Your Layers

Throw a classic trench over your suit for a cooler take on your office get-up

Raey, Trench Coat, £4176 of 15

Raey, Trench Coat, £417

Caroline Issa street style leopard print boots7 of 15

Inject Some Animal Print

Workwear doesn't need to be stuffy; try a pop of animal print to mix things up. A smart pair of leopard boots will do the trick

Aquazzura, Leopard Print Boots, £4238 of 15

Aquazzura, Leopard Print Boots, £423

Yellow ellery suit street style9 of 15

Trade Neutrals For Brights

Sharp suits in all colours of the rainbow are big news for SS19. Give your black two-piece a rest and instead opt for jewel tones – the brighter the better

Les Heroines, Double Breasted Blazer, £41510 of 15

Les Heroines, Double Breasted Blazer, £415

Les Heroines, Slim Leg Trousers, £24011 of 15

Les Heroines, Slim Leg Trousers, £240

Balenciaga trainers street style12 of 15

Try Trainers With Tailoring

Not only will they make your commute far more comfortable, they'll also make your suits feel far more interesting

Balenciaga, Green Triple S Trainers, £64513 of 15

Balenciaga, Green Triple S Trainers, £645

Pernille Teisbaek street style polo neck14 of 15

Switch Shirts For Polo Necks

A fine knit roll neck tucked in to midi skirts is the sort of work look that will take you from the office and into your social life. Layer gold necklaces on top for extra points

N.Peal, Superfine Roll Neck, £163, Farfetch15 of 15

N.Peal, Superfine Roll Neck, £163, Farfetch

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