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How to shake up your work wardrobe for autumn

Shopping for workwear is a bit like a trip to the dentist: a necessity you don’t particularly enjoy. Mostly 

because it’s mid-August and work ceases to exist until September (at least in your head), but mainly 

because, let’s face it, work clothes can be boring. Which is where these pieces come in. Interesting but 

still office-appropriate, polished without being stuffy, they’re reasons to get excited again about 

dressing for work. Here’s how to switch up your nine-to-five.

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Colour clash your separates

Separates form the backbone of the work wardrobe, but it’s easy to slip in a rut of white, black and grey. Try mixing things up with bold hues. Start by introducing colour to your sea of neutrals – green looks chic with navy, red with camel – then work your way up to clashing separates. A blouse and pleated skirt are a classic combination, but it’s the pink on metallic pink that electrifies this look.


Swap your suit for a jumpsuit

A leftfield choice for some, but the jumpsuit covers all the workwear requisites (smart, respectable), with the added bonuses of style and ease – we love its pull-on-and-go efficiency. Look for a tailored or semi-tailored all-in-one to keep things professional, such as this grey checked style by Mix/Kitri or navy one by Mix/L.F.Markey, and team with mules, or trainers if your dress code is liberal.

If you do suit up, keep it relaxed

Nothing semaphores “power dressing” more than the suit – and nothing shouts “dated” more 

than the wrong suit. A quick recap: shoulder pads are out, black is dull, and fitted, too corporate. 

This grey checked Next/Mix suit is none of those things. Cut in a relaxed silhouette, it’s what

 modern suiting should be: lightweight, easy to wear, comfortable, cool.


Try a statement knit

The jumper is a bona-fide player in the work wardrobe. While plain and simple is the style diktat, we say there’s no harm in print and colour, particularly when it looks as sharp as this Mix/Madeleine Thompson cashmere-blend knit. Team with tailored trousers for a sleek, alternative work look.


Add a reworked shirt

Dependable, yes. Exciting? Not exactly. The white shirt has a reputation as one of the blandest workhorses, but this Next/Mix shirt exonerates that. Part of the movement which has seen shirting elevated from staple to showpiece, this features an eye-catching pleated back and high-low hem. Make it part of your uniform, immediately.

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