Creating formal outfits for the office can present quite a style challenge in the colder months. Women's workwear needs to be warm without looking bulky to create a smart, polished look. Here, we share our tips on how to master winter workwear.
Whatever your style or shape, there's a winter work formal dress for you. The most important factors to consider are fabric and layerability. Wool tweed and knitted dresses in sleek silhouettes look polished and offer plenty of warmth. Plus, they can be styled with coordinating jackets for extra comfort if you need it. A versatile shirt dress is another great option, layered over a fine knit roll neck jumper. In every instance - tights are a must.
When it comes to winter office knitwear, fine gauge roll necks and sleek jumpers are the perfect partners to tailored suiting. Slipping easily under blazers and tucking effortlessly into trousers to create a streamlined look without any excess fabric. If they're knitted from natural Merino wool or cashmere blends even better - they're yarns well-known for warmth and breathability.
Sharply-cut trousers are the foundations of any working wardrobe but when temperatures drop, it's essential to have a warm woollen pair in your repertoire. From pinstripe to rich autumn shades, there are plenty of styles to choose from, but you can't go wrong with the Gael trouser - a mainstay in our tailoring collection.
In winter, it's your coat that makes the first impression. When you walk into the office, when you hail a taxi, when you arrive at a lunch meeting. So make your outerwear count. Contemporary cuts and confident colours will make a style statement. But in terms of keeping out the cold, look for wool fabrics. We've said it already, but it's a wonder fibre that will cocoon you against freezing temperatures.
In essence, it's all about balancing traditionally smart pieces with more relaxed off-duty styles. A tweed jacket with slouchy jersey trousers. A tailored trouser with an oversized jumper. A classic knitted jacket with denim jeans. These pairings achieve the perfect blend of both and can be worn from work to weekends too.
To pull your look together, consider polished accessories of premium quality. Consider a buttery-soft leather tote bag that contains your laptop, soft calfskin gloves, and a cashmere scarf your cold weather commuting essentials.
The most important takeaway when it comes to how to dress for work in winter is to consider your fabrics carefully. Wool is wonderfully warm in any form, from jumpers to trousers to coats. With these pieces in your arsenal, you'll work your way through winter with ease.