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.
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.
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.
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.
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.