The Winter Workwear Inspiration You Need To Get Out Of Bed In The Morning

Curate a capsule wardrobe of these seven pieces and you'll be sorted.

Tamu McPherson wearing a grey blazer at PFW

by Natalie Hammond |

Many of us are back to working from home, which means the temptation to wear sweatpants day in, day out has become a little too hard to resist, especially after Christmas. But if you're looking for an alternative - and are ready to part ways with the stretch-waist - you've come to the right place.

After some extensive research, we’ve developed a theory about the seven cornerstones that will make winter workwear a cinch. Each is tailored to the specific conditions of now and is classic enough to go the distance so that when you do head back to the office, it'll be with a bang.

The Oversized Blazer

Tamu McPherson at Paris Fashion Week
Tamu McPherson ©Noor & Zee

If you're answering emails from the 'sofa office', a trouser suit is going to feel a little Working Girl. But an oversized blazer paired with slender trousers is definitely the coolest way to do tailoring (or any work clothing for that matter), especially if you pair it with lo-fi additions like a cable-knit jumper knotted around the waist and smart sneakers.

The White Shirt

white shirt for work 2021

A basic button-down, tucked under a sweater vest or into a pair of high-waisted trousers, is the cornerstone to many a great work outfit. To make it even more winter-appropriate, add a fine-gauge polo neck into the mix.

The Comfy Jumpsuit

jumpsuit for work 2021

A jumpsuit always has chic-factor, but you can ensure comfiness, too, by picking something with a wide-legged silhouette. COS might look pin-sharp, but it’ll almost be like wearing a onesie (and will disguise the fact you're wearing thermals underneath).

The New Power Dress

leather dress street style

Sharp-shouldered power suits are all well and good, but if you're more of a dress person, how about a leather midi to really bring the polish this winter? Top-to-toe leather might be too 'directional' for some offices when you eventually return, so this feels like a good compromise. Pair with knee-high boots and you're good to go.

The Wide-Leg Trousers

Pornwika Spiecker at Paris Fashion Week
Pornwika Spiecker ©Noor & Zee

Wide-leg trousers, with a knife-pleat down the front, are a one-way ticket to looking 100% smart with 0% fuss. Dress neutral colours up with brighter coloured shirts or choose bold hues for your trews and keep your top half muted.

The Chunky Loafers

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Think of chunky loafers like your back-to-school (or, in this case, -work) shoes - comfortable, sturdy and so much practical than schlepping around in spindly heels.

The Smart Winter Coat

Lindsay Peoples Wagner at Paris Fashion Week
Lindsay Peoples Wagner ©Noor & Zee

The puffer jacket is a great companion for off-duty days, but for work, smarten up with a sleek overcoat. Single-breasted styles with large lapels, à la Lindsay Peoples Wagner, are your best option.


SHOP: The Best Autumn/Winter Workwear 2021

Jonathan Simkhai, Sienna High-Rise Wide Pants, £405
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Jonathan Simkhai's high-waisted trousers will be among the sleekest things you own.

Baum Und Pferdgarten, Mumie Trousers, WAS £159 NOW £79.50
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The cinched waist on these sunflower-bright trousers will balance out the wide legs.

Stine Goya, Gulcan Pants Pinstripe, £210
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A modern take on pinstripes, courtesy of Stine Goya.

Remain Birger Christensen, Belted Leather Shirt Dress, £211
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Wear Remain Birger Christensen's leather dress over a polo neck when the weather turns cold.

Ganni, Lamb Leather Mini Dress, WAS £525 NOW £315
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A long-sleeved tee in a contrast shade is the perfect partner for this leather dress from Ganni.

Nanushka, Asayo Belted Vegan Leather Midi Shirt Dress, £556.74
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Nanushka is the king of vegan leather - and this ankle-length shirt dress is a keeper.

Cefinn, Jensen Utility Style Collared Jumpsuit, £370
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Cefinn's known for its dresses but don't forget about its jumpsuits.

Baukjen, Ada FSC Viscose Jumpsuit, WAS £169 NOW £101
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Printed jumpsuits don't get much better than Baukjen's.

COS, Wide-Leg Jumpsuit, £89
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This wide-leg jumpsuit is almost as comfortable as sweatpants.

Totu00eame, Business Blazer Grey Melange, WAS £510 NOW £357
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A grey single-breasted blazer, worn on the oversized side, is a wardrobe cornerstone when it comes to workwear.

Joseph, Tailoring Wool Joni Jacket, WAS £525 NOW £210
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Joseph's double-breasted blazer will be your tailoring go-to for years.

Frankie Shop, Bea Blazer, £294
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Every woman should own a reliable black blazer.

GH Bass & Co, Weejuns 90s Lianna Black Leather, £130
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GH Bass & Co's chunky loafer would look just on the right side of preppy with a white tennis sock.

Russell & Bromley, Ringo Heavy Ring Loafer, £245
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Russell & Bromley's loafer has the requisite chunk (and a means-business chain).

Hereu, Cranc Sport Leather Slingback Loafers, £330
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Hereu is our favourite footwear brand right now - and its slingback loafers offer a point of difference for the preppy shoe.

With Nothing Underneath, The Boyfriend Poplin White, £85
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Meghan Markle swears by the button-downs from With Nothing Underneath.

Zara, Needlecord Shirt With Covered Buttons, £22.99
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Why wear white when you could wear fuchsia?

H&M, Oversized Satin Shirt, £19.99
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H&M's oversized shirt just needs some sharp tailoring to look meeting-ready.

Arket, Bouclu00e9 Wool Coat, £225
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Arket's single-breasted coat is a classic of the genre.

COS, Tailored Checked Coat, £225
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COS' autumnal checks would look lovely with chocolate brown trousers.

Mango, Oversize Wool Coat, £179.99
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I love the nipped-in waist on this camel coat.

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