Modern women’s officewear is so much more than identikit blouses, skirts and suits. Today’s employee expects fashion-led styles that allow them to be individuals while still being part of a team – and patterns are definitely welcome

This month we’re starting off Trendwatch with a floral bang – say hello to the Flower Blazer from the Marciano SS19 collection from Guess. Blazers are set to be a big trend in workwear this year, so use this style as reference point when recommending officewear to fashion- forward businesses. The Brook Taverner Women’s Hebe Jacket (BR068) from Ralawise is a great place to start; the two-button, classic fit jacket is available in black, charcoal and navy.

The Brook Taverner Women‘s Hebe Jacket from Ralawise

The Flower Blazer from the Marciano collection at Guess

Also shooting up the style charts this summer are shorts. Loose styles in chic shades work well when teamed with a jacket; M&S has got the look nailed with its russet summer jacket and shorts combo. The tag-free Stretch Chino Shorts (FR605) from Front Row, made from 97% cotton/3% elastane, is a great imprint match. Opt for the stone hue for cool, corporate style.

Stretch chino shorts from Front Row

Shorts and jacket combination from Marks & Spencer

Beige is a popular colour both in and out of the office this year. From M&Co, the Petite Beige Chino Trousers can be dressed up or down, as can the Women’s Lily Slim Chinos (SD025) from So Denim by AWDis. The Lily chino is made from a stretch twill fabric, giving a contemporary, sleek and comfortable fit, and is available in both regular and long leg lengths.

Petite Beige Chino Trousers from M&Co

The Women‘s Lily Slim Chinos from So Denim by AWDis

Checks are another key trend in the workplace – M&Co’s check shirt offers a smart-casual look for employees that will keep them going throughout the summer months. Premier Workwear offers a range of checked shirts to choose from, including the Ladies’ Long Sleeve Mulligan Check Cotton Bar Shirt (PR350), which can be worn long sleeved with a buttoned cuff or with the collar open and the sleeves rolled back for a more laidback look. It’s made from 100% cotton and is available in sizes XS-2XL.

The Ladies’ Long Sleeve Mulligan Check Cotton Bar Shirt from Premier

Go smart-casual with M&Co‘s check shirt

Simple yet sophisticated T-shirts teamed with neutral trousers are always going to be a winner around the office. Laura Ashley has the aptly named Perfect V-Neck T Shirt; a great match for garment decorators to offer is the Inspire V T / Women (TW045), a 100% organic, combed, ringspun cotton V-neck T-shirt from B&C Collection. This fashionable, tag-free style is available in six shades.

The Inspire V T / Women, an organic T-shirt from B&C Collection

The Perfect V-Neck T Shirt from Laura Ashley