Decode the Office Wardrobe

The office dress code is becoming increasingly casual, so there's a fine line between being office-ready and prepped for the weekend. Fashion editor Vanessa Taylor shows us some fashionable and work-appropriate wardrobe solutions for both the professional and casual office environment.

Updates on the Classics

The Bold Pencil Skirt : This is an instant update to the classic black pencil skirt. The colour is seasonless, working well with tights for winter, as well as bare legs in the summer.

Office Wardrobe: Bold Pencil Skirt

Outfit, Banana Republic; shoes, Town Shoes

The New Suit: In recent seasons, there's been a resurgence in ladies' suiting, specifically the matching suit. On the runway we've been seeing head-to-toe prints as well as colour.

Office Wardrobe: The New Suit

Outfit, Banana Republic

The Power of Prints: This V-neck dress is a basic cut, but the print is what makes it special. When wearing a print to the office, layer conservative solid pieces on top, like a blazer to keep the look professional.

Office Wardrobe: Power Prints

Outfit, H&M

Casual Professional Options

The Denim Hybrid: This pant is a new take on a denim, made of dress-pant material. For tone-on-tone prints, think sophisticated patterns like dots, pinstripes or florals for the office.

Office Wardrobe: Denim Hybrid

Outfit, Jacob; shoes, Town Shoes

Clever Colour Blocking: Shift dresses are an office wardrobe staple, and with these panels you get an instantly slimming silhouette.

Office Wardrobe: Clever Colour Blocking

Outfit from Banana Republic

Boardroom Brights: We've seen bright denim for a few seasons, and it's continuing into spring. Make colour trousers office-ready by keeping the top half professional.

Office Wardrobe: Boardroom Brights

Outfit, Jacob; bag, Roots