Because dressing for the office in freezing temperatures can feel uninspired.
When temperatures dip below 20 degrees and it's still dark outside at 7 am, it's tempting to go with the I-just-rolled-out-of-bed look. Or better yet, avoid the cold altogether and work from home...in your pyjamas. This sentiment (coupled with the fact that my puffer coat hides my entire outfit) usually leads our workwear wardrobes down a dark, drab and a rather miserable path. Think the same black trousers, same boring blouse in a variety of colours teamed with a cardigan that even our Granny's would find depressing.
But there are a number of ways you can look smart when you're in hibernation mode. Ideally, you want to focus on three main items to make up your office outfit. Sure, you can add in accessories, but if you stick to a few key pieces, you’ll save time. (Although, the real key here is to make sure you’ve got everything prepped the night before.)
To give you some ideas on how to put these kinds of outfits together, we've looked to the most fashionable of streets to find all the inspiration you could ever need to get you ready for work, quick. Keep scrolling for five cosy outfit ideas that'll get you from Monday to Friday in style.
MONDAY: FULL SUIT + ANKLE BOOTS
Matching sets always look polished and pointed ankle boots are the perfect complement to the combination in winter.
Check Blazer Jacket, €40, Warehouse
Check Wide Leg Trousers, €23, Warehouse
Not sure what to do with your favourite summer dress? Add some knee-high boots and layer a roll-neck underneath. Ideal for when the temperature is continuing to drop and your bank balance is refraining you from purchasing anything new.
Jersey Polo Neck, €9.99, H&M
Ditsy Floral Wrap Midi Dress, €52, Topshop
Silene Knee High Boot, €175, Dune
Desperate to hang on to wearing your favourite chunky knits but want to make it look professional? Add a pair of tailored trousers and smart ankle boots, and you’re all set.
Colour Block Sweater, €99, & Other Stories
Duo Pleated Trousers, €69, & Other Stories
MALTA White Leather Western Boots, €150, Topshop
Casual Friday anyone? If your office is denim-friendly, try this easy combo of blue jeans, a blazer, a crisp white shirt and don't bother swapping your commuting trainers for a pair of uncomfortable heels – it is Friday after all.
Blazer With Gathered Sleeves, €29.99, Stradivarius
501 Cropped Jeans, €115, Levis at Brown Thomas
Nike air heights trainers, €88, Schuch
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