Kirstie Clements’ working wardrobe style guide

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(Shop: Sleeveless Longline Vest)

As we really start to head into the cooler weather, it might be a good time to assess your working wardrobe and make some updates.

Most of us have that go-to black suit that we rely on (check: have the pants been cleaned more than the jacket? Do the blacks no longer match?) – It may be time for a refresh.

I found some great Sportscraft Signature pieces in store this week, including the fabulous Herringbone Suit in pale grey wool. It also comes in a pencil skirt, so why not invest in all three pieces and rotate the look.


Don’t just put a boring knit under it – play with more unexpected fabrics and lighthearted combinations. I love it worn with the Black Bib Front silk shirt  and high heels, or a blue denim or chambray shirt with trainers, or a long sleeved navy and white striped t-shirt and men’s style loafers or brogues.

However, not every workplace requires a tailored jacket. Check out the look of the new cardigans that are shaped like a jacket, but are oh-so cosy to wear – especially the Milano Knit cardigan in black or crème. This is gorgeous worn with the slim Knit Ponte pencil skirt; so comfortable but entirely appropriate for the office. There is also the very flattering Sleeveless Longline Vest, in black or pale grey, which does the work of a jacket and can be worn over a long sleeved t-shirt or fine knit.

Another silhouette I liked was the knee length, flared Becky Skirt in grey wool paired with the oversized navy and white Sabine knit  – the look is a touch Deauville when worn with white or navy lace-up brogues. These are all great staples that are perfectly work-appropriate but just have a little more of a fashion edge.

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We are also starting to see the first of the heavier weight coats come through now with the cooler weather. The sharp looking Melton coat is a definite investment piece – an urban classic – in soft black wool with a turn up leather collar.

Dressing for work can sometimes feel like a chore, so it’s important to build a wardrobe that has a core of very beautiful style essentials. I have covered this very topic in my new book out April 1, Impressive- How to Have a Stylish Career (MUP). It features a checklist of must-haves including a statement coat, great black pants, and a fantastic trench.

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Finally, make sure that you feel great in everything you reach for- it’s a much better way to start the day!

Story by Kirstie Clements.


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