Unless you work in an industry that requires you to wear a specific uniform to work, then you likely have the choice of what outfit you’re going to be wearing each day – within reason, of course.
If you want to follow the lead of people like Steve Jobs and Mark Zuckerberg who decided to follow the pattern of buying multiple items of the same clothing for each day of the week, then you’re pretty much good to go and won’t have much to think about when it comes to getting ready for work each day.
Though, if you’re like most people, then you’ll probably prefer to mix up your looks each day, so to help you out with some inspiration for some stylish looks for the office that are also practical during winter, we’ve listed some of our top tips to keep you comfortable and on trend.
From jackets that will shield you against the cold, to fitted tweed suits, right down to matching accessories and winter shoes, we’ve got you covered.
- Simple Suits: In most offices, you can’t really go wrong with a suit. Since you’re going to be spending at least 8 hours in it, then it’s really best to keep it simple. Neutral colours always work well, and if you have a few different suits, you can simply mix and match during the week with some colourful shirts and ties to jazz things up;
- Casual Denim: This definitely depends on the culture and dress code of where you work because not everywhere allows employees to wear denim.
Typically you’ll find places like advertising agencies, IT and other creative companies will be more likely to have a casual dress code. Of course, this still needs to be kept to a reasonable limit, so you should probably leave your sneakers at home, but a nice pair of jeans with a smart shirt, shoes and a dressy jumper to keep you warm is certainly a good office look;
- Sensible Shoes: Generally when people think of sensible shoes, they think of boring, uncomfortable ones, but that’s definitely not so much the case these days. The fact is, when you’re going to be spending all day in your shoes – especially if you live in a place with harsh winters, then you’re going to want to invest in a solid pair of shoes that will, not only keep you dry as you go to work, but will be comfortable and still look stylish;
- Winter Coats: Okay, so hopefully your office is warm enough inside that you won’t feel the need to be wearing a coat indoors, but for the times when you’re going to and from work, you’re going to need something that will keep you warm and dry.
Investing in a winter coat is always a good idea, and this is one area where you should be focusing on functionality over style – you can always wear a dressier coat underneath, but something waterproof will serve you well when you’re making the 8 am commute to the office in the rain.
As annoying and inconvenient as winter can be – especially when you’re having to go to work in the middle of it, the cold weather doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice on style. By simply choosing a few key pieces from the options above, you’ll easily have a stylish and practical winter work wardrobe.