Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Work It; Fashion from Boardroom Boilersuits to Wall Street-Style Striped Skirts, Hannah Rochell Promotes This Season's Office Agenda

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Work It; Fashion from Boardroom Boilersuits to Wall Street-Style Striped Skirts, Hannah Rochell Promotes This Season's Office Agenda

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Byline: Hannah Rochell

1. The boss blazer Once the reserve of Christmas, Bay City Rollers fans and actual Scottish people, tartan has well and truly made its way into our year-round wardrobes, and we're thrilled about it. This season it's best worn top-totoe in shades of grey if you're after a catwalk look see Off-White and Balenciaga's collections for details but with brighter coloured plaids it's easier to find one statement piece, like a blazer, and either keep the rest of your outfit neutral, or clash with a dogtooth print skirt in similar shades. (From mid-September. PS145, Uterque; uterque.com).

2. The three-piece suit If it makes you cross that men have it so incredibly easy when it comes to formal workwear shirt, suit, tie, go! you'll be pleased to learn of Mango's three-piece women's whistle, cut in a cooler, looser fit well suited to the modern working girl. The high-waist trousers have an ontrend paperbag fit and tortoiseshell belt, the waistcoat is cut nice and loose on the tummy (when you consider that you're sitting at your desk for most of the day, this detail is crucial), and the jacket has a longer, more flattering line that covers the hips. The whole look will set you back less than PS150. Smart. (Checked trousers, PS49.99, waistcoat, PS35.99, and blazer, PS59.99, Mango; mango.com) 3. The millennial courts Pink is THE colour of the season, in case it had escaped your notice (if it has, welcome home from Mars), and while it's a pretty simple colour to introduce into your casual wardrobe see trainers or peacoats teamed with jeans it's less straightforward when it comes to your office attire. Perhaps it's because pink is a shade more often associated with Disney princesses and Peppa Pig than with career high-flyers Elle Woods from Legally Blonde aside. However, pale rose, salmon and puce work brilliantly with those corporate mainstays, navy and grey, and a suede block heel will pep up even the most serious of trouser suits. (PS325, Mansur Gavriel; matchesfashion.com) 4. The choirboy collar This season is all about statement shirts, but look-at-me ruffles and enormous balloon sleeves might feel a little OTT for this month's budget meeting, not to mention that they can get in the way when using filing cabinets/typing/ 6 gesticulating during an important presentation. …

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