Maria Loizou

Guest Editor



The Casual Workwear to Add to Your Wardrobe

Over the past few years, we’ve seen an evolution of workwear style. Whilst many traditional roles in business and law still prefer classic tailoring and refined structure, other industries now welcome a more smart casual dress code. Albeit more flexible, it can raise questions on what constitutes an appropriate wardrobe. The perfect formula? Timeless, understated pieces that can be easily mixed and matched, but also taken from daytime to evening with ease. Guided by KM Personal Stylist, Emily Brannan, take inspiration on how to curate the perfect (smart) casual working wardrobe.

Karen Millen Blue Top and Cream Trousers

A foray into less formal dressing yet still nodding to tradition with tailored trousers, combined with a lightweight knitted top. Effortless-yet-polished, pastel hues imbue year-round appeal, with lighter hues being perfect from spring through to autumn. Whether combatting an arduous commute or a shorter journey, both flat shoes or heels can complete this look with style. Allow accessorising to introduce some creativity, be it an intricate piece of jewellery or the pairing of statement pieces. Take the ensemble to the evening with the addition of a signature leather jacket.

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Karen Millen Tonal Casual Workwear

Tonal dressing provides an instantly polished, considered approach to dressing. Sumptuous rich, neutral hues convey elegance with ease. Add a pop of colour through the summer months to take the ensemble to a new direction. Since the arrival of the sports luxe trend, a stripe detail on trousers has cemented itself as a contemporary update, perfect for those in search of a statement piece to refresh their signature style. To remain suitable for the office, however, a blouse or lightweight knit subtly formalises the look. When it comes to making a tonal statement, let focus remain on the outfit itself by ensuring finishing touches are pared back.

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Karen Millen Pink Knit Dress

A more feminine approach to dressing for the office, this figure-skimming knit dress is a true seasonless style. The high neck keeps it modest, allowing the fitted shape of the dress to speak for itself. One for the bolder style connoisseur, in its hue of hot pink with a woven zig zag design and subtle metallic hints, look to more neutral hues for the finishing touches. For summer, complete alongside sandals, and for autumn and winter with long boots and a black leather trench coat.

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Karen Millen Black Midi Dress

The casual workwear edition of the LBD, this one-piece wonder creates the illusion of a top and skirt whilst in the form of a simple dress. In this season’s most favourable length, the midi, the satin skirt skims the form, and the ribbed detail of the top lends a flattering fit. If conscious of showing arms in the office, add a blazer on top as a simple alternative. Again, with footwear - a loafer is a great office addition, but the versatility of the piece can ensure it’s stylish with both long boots or court shoes.

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