WORK-LIFE BALANCE / AUG. 29, 2013
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Office Fashion Tips: The Male Aesthetic

For anyone who has ever dreamt about the thought of voluminous skirts and defining the exact proportions of their waistline, this is the saving grace of the coming season. The antithesis of the idealized 50s silhouette, androgyny has been seen on other catwalks for the fall season. Masculine aesthetic whilst remaining devastatingly sexy is the clue for the next fall. When done right, it will work just as hard as any dress with minimal effort.

The male aesthetic may not be a new idea in women’s office fashion: we’ve been appropriating blazers, cardigans, and oversized shirts from the men in our lives for years., but this season is taking it to a whole new level. Designers such as Stella McCartney, Dries Van Noten and even Victoria Beckham are designing the sharp lines and strict tailoring of the Savile Row school of thought, following in the well-trod footsteps of designers such as Margaret Howell and Hedi Slimane. The IT girl Alexa Chung is the latest celebrity championing this new style.

While our silhouettes, skirt lengths, and color palettes will move in and out of office fashion on a bi-annual basis, leaving us feeling incredibly gauche should we turn up at an event wearing an out of season heel height, perfectly tailored office fashion staples such as a pair of cigarette pants and blazer will invariably trump any fashion cards.

Updating your wardrobe with tailored pieces will help you channel this trend with ease. A classic blazer, a tapered trouser, and a clean cut white shirt are all office fashion staples that will see you through for years to come. For the more experienced hand, update your wardrobe with this season’s materials, such as hounds tooth and tartan, for a truly British vibe.

Really, any trend that helps us to look fabulous like Alexa Chung’s signature glamour can only be a good thing, no?

 

How do you incorporate the latest fashion trends into your professional wardrobe?

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