Power dress for less
If you’re anything like us, your January attire will have so far consisted of voluminous tops layered over a-bit-too-tight jeans (we’re still carrying a little holiday weight, ok?). Sadly, even the chicest of slobwear won’t cut it now that we’re back at work - but since we’ve also over-indulged in the shops, forking out for a whole new year wardrobe is out of the question. Our solution? A power-dress-for-less uniform of go-with-everything essentials under £100 - spot on if you’re planning to ask for a pay rise to kick start the new year (and pay off your credit card). Starting from scratch? Try our power dressing gateway buy, the crisp cotton shirt, in bright white or blue stripes - just try not to spill coffee on it. This season’s just-below-the-knee skirts (via Massimo Dutti) will work with last season’s boots; knee-highs will be warmest, or reinvent that festive pair of metallic ankle-highs with semi-sheer black tights. Or go full CEO in a boxy, double breasted blazer – buy a size up from your usual for a more luxe look. And since no ‘back to school’ regression would be complete without a trip to the shoe shop, try Xon Office's pointy flats for size - if you ask nicely, they might even let you have a go on the sliding foot measuring gauge.
This grey wool coat is the perfect hybrid of stylish and practical to see you through winter. We particularly love the on-trend longer length.
Grey wool coat, £89.99, (Zara)
The Ankle Boots
Metallic details were everywhere for autumn/winter ’17 and the easiest way to adopt the trend is through your accessories. We love these silver-heedled ankle boots from Zalando.
Faith black heeled ankle boots, £59.99, Zalando
The Printed Blouse
No longer the preserve of girlish summer dresses, gingham has had something of a grown-up makeover this season – case in point, this chic blouse.
Gingham blouse, £15, Tu at Sainsbury's
The Pleated Skirt
Plissé pleated skirts have been around for a few seasons now and are showing no signs of going away – adapt yours for the office by choosing a muted hue and teaming with a blouse or smart sweater.
Purple skirt, £46, (Next)
This sleek tailored jumpsuit is a no-brainer – it has the simplicity of the LBD with added edge. The bow belt tied at the waist is particularly flattering, too.
Jumpsuit, £59, Warehouse
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