Trend watch: ‘not your average workplace’
It’s here, it’s arrived and it’s not going anywhere – a movement in which every working day woman can rejoice at the prospect of a day’s work in flats alongside some bellowing bare shoulder action. As you’d expect, the ‘new age’ woman deserves a killer corporate wardrobe to match her independent and strong attitude. It’s time to forget everything you know about work suitable colour palettes and cuts and add a little more self-expression into the working week. The future is here ladies, and it’s bringing you pain-free feet!
FLATS, GLORIOUS FLATS
Heels? Please! The ‘flats’ dilemma has formed part of one of the endless fights for women in the workplace. More and more employers are now embracing less stringent enforcements regarding our daily outfit concerns and it’s saving the arches of millions. As a new norm, we’ve seen a revolution in shoe fashion, particularly evident with 2016’s craze around Gucci’s Fur Rimmed Princeton Loafers. In 2017, expect even more metallics, furs and tactile materials – there are no limits here.
Tony Bianco, Black Fur Loafers – in stores mid-February
It’s true what they say… all that glitters really is gold and this trend is certainly just that. Metallics, sparkles and glitter won’t be going anywhere but straight into your work wardrobe, popping up in the form of laptop cases, clutches and tote bags. Stars are going to be big, so also expect to see celestial prints across womenswear.
Karmme x Not Heidi, Stella Clutch – $130 AUD
Banish boring – jewellery has had a makeover! The new age minimalist can rejoice in paring arty pieces with ‘basic’ wardrobes – it is the simplest accessory tricks to work into your corporate game. So what can we expect? Anything big, bent or fine geometrics will appear everywhere this year so be bold and experiment with a range of pieces.
Sportsgirl, About a Girl Collection, Gold Bended Earrings – $14.95 AUD
Cut outs have made a comeback and this time the focus isn’t all about exposure, rather a more purposeful emphasis on shape and structure. After years of practice, designers have realised that showing some skin in the right places can work to both flatter and empower women of all sizes. Off-shoulder shirts and dresses will seem more approachable in corporate settings and be sure to keep an eye out singular shoulder cuts – they’re set to be huge.
Third Form, Pull Through Dress in Natural – $299 AUD
I CAN SEE CLEARLY NOW
Throw out those old specs and go for something more individual. Just like Audrey Hepburn’s famous Dior cat eyes, glasses have become the ultimate expression of individuality – and what better place to test it out than the office? Bespectacled beauties everywhere can celebrate as optical luxe is poised to become a new movement in 2017. Embrace the fact that you are blessed with an additional accessory and find yourself the perfect pair. Clear and gold rims are predicted to be best sellers – so we advise you to get in early!
Pared Eyewear, Cat & Mouse Clear – $260 AUD
See our exclusive moodboard featuring our top picks for lifting your corporate-wear game.
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Image: Kate Sylvester campaign via Flaunter