This week's Fashion Fix was inspired by Trelise Cooper's spring/summer 2013 Boardroom collection. You can only smile at the colour and exuberant detailing - all of it work-appropriate.
What's more, she's just one of a number of local designers who now do dedicated workwear collections each season, catering to lower price points as well as the designer end.
Enjoy the new season workwear gallery above, and we'll leave you with five thoughts on work dressing:
1. 'Only the foolish are uncomfortable' - remember that old army saying, because it's never more true than with workwear. You can't perform if your sweater itches, you are too cold or hot, your knickers keep riding up or your shoes are uncomfortable.
2. If in doubt, veer towards being conservative. Unless you are an avant-garde performing artist or a salesperson at WORLD, better to play your dress down if you are unsure.
3. Work is not a place for cleavage, peek-a-boo lingerie, midriffs, cut-outs of any kind, upper thighs, or low riders. As far as shoes go, personal stylist Jackie O'Fee says "Strappy sandals say sex. Classic court shoes say business. Decide which conversation you want to be having."
4. Choose fabrics that will last the day as opposed to those more likely to crease. Also, wear layers that you can add or subtract to stay comfortable in your four-seasons-in-a-day climate. Have a spare pair of shoes under your desk and change through the day to give poor hardworking feet a break. A spare pair of tights in your desk drawer probably won't go amiss, either.
5. Don't be frightened to express yourself in your work dress, in appropriate ways. A range of hair looks, a range of makeup looks applied with a light hand, scarves, suitable jewellery (of the non-clanking kind), your handbag/briefcase and your overcoat, raincoat or brollie -these are all areas of your work dress where you can add your own touch.
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