It’s September, the Kids have gone back to school, Autumn’s hitting us with full effect and yes we’ve had to go back to work after the long, hot Summer. Now is it just me that is really struggling to put together a set of outfits that resembles anything remotely professional, is weather appropriate and doesn’t involve shorts or flip flops ? In an attempt to to make back to work more bearable John Lewis has given your 9-5 wardrobe a new spin its top picks for the upcoming season. This time of year is the perfect time to update your work wardrobe and return to the office with a fresh look for the cooler months ahead.
Beth Pettet, Head of Menswear Buying at John Lewis, has curated a capsule edit of highlights from John Lewis’ AW18 menswear collections to create the ultimate ‘Back to Work’ wardrobe for men. When bringing together the selection of designs she has chosen that appeal to city workers and creatives alike, Beth kept three key factors in mind; professionalism, practicality and personality.
“It is possible be yourself in the workplace and let your personality shine through, whilst maintaining a professional air. Modern workwear is no longer restricted to a classic overcoat and stuffy suit. Whilst traditional and formal codes should still be respected, adding an individual and contemporary sense of style to your work wardrobe can make you stand out from the crowd.”
– Beth Pettet, Head of Menswear Buying at John Lewis
Highlights from Beth’s edit includes a black and navy check suit from the Kin by John Lewis collection; a great smart sartorial look for occasions when only a suit will do which she suggests pairing with Merino wool knitwear which allows the wearer to adjust to warmer or cooler office temperatures and adds a pop of colour to your look. She also advocates a mix and match philosophy to Back to Work wardrobes, proposing separates such as formal trousers with a drawstring detail worn with a smart jacket that allows the wearer to dress up or down according to their meeting schedule.