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How to Curate the Perfect Smart Casual Working Wardrobe

Curating the perfect workwear ensemble is easier said than done. With our weekday wardrobes dramatically changing over recent years and the transition from loungewear back to office-appropriate attire in full swing, now is the perfect time to re-invent your working wardrobe.

As some previous formalities have relaxed, we’re finding that smart-casual styles are rightfully earning their place in our workwear collection. With this, looser-fitting styles, natural materials and softer tailoring are becoming staples in work-outfit planning. The best pieces are the ones that you can interchange between off-duty styling and workwear alike. As summer is now upon us, naturally anything that keeps us cool through morning commutes is a worthwhile investment.

Smart Casual Dresses

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Master the art of one-step-styling with a smart-casual dress. A fail-safe option for any office ensemble, a dress is also perfect for any post-work plans. A bold printed shirt dress offers up a modern twist on a classic silhouette, with this geometric print exuding a refined finish. A simple skater dress embodies sophistication, whereas a standout midi dress is ideal for an unexpected heatwave. Embrace retro-styling with contrasting colour block, this striking jersey dress brings instant fashion appeal to any smart casual dresscode.

Wide leg trousers are a staple in every smart-casual wardrobe. Giving the appearance of suit trousers, yet often crafted with lighter fabrics and elasticated waists, these trousers make getting dressed in the morning that little bit more appealing. Black wide leg trousers offer up a polished yet practical ensemble, that can be elevated with blouses and shirts or dressed down with simple camis and sandals. When in doubt, look to leather trousers to effortlessly dress up a more casual look.

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Oversized Blazers

Reignite your sartorial flair with a nod to work-from-home comfort with an oversized blazer. Softly tailored for a smart finish, but ideal for layering up, an oversized blazer is an essential in your smart-casual capsule. Strike a standout note in a bold pop of colour, or invest in a forever-piece with a timeless black blazer. A sleeveless design offers a smart-yet-contemporary finish on the sunniest of days. Or, for a quick desk-to-dinner turnaround, discover an oversized leather blazer, a luxurious piece set to remain a fashion favourite for the foreseeable.

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Smart Casual Tops

These smart casual tops will enliven any work-to-weekend wear. Discover a form-fitting corset top, styled over a white shirt for a sleek twist on a classic. Dress down suit trousers with this standout monochrome top, a perfect pairing with a colourful pair of trousers. A boxy shirt is best for a pared down look, versatile and easy to wear, balance out the boyish fit with a satin midi skirt and sandals for an effortless weekday look. Finally, the bodysuit. An ideal top for everyday at the office and beyond, whether you’re dressing it up with skirts or down with denim this jersey design flatters your frame to enhance your figure.

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Smart Casual Jackets

Smarten up any ensemble with a lightweight smart jacket. Crafted from luxurious materials and with the finer details in mind, these jackets will effortlessly work their way into capsule collections. For a modern look discover our bandage jackets, form flattering and ideal for adding a fashion-forward twist - whereas a leather jacket can add an edge to any smarter outfit. A classic trench coat is a transseasonal layering essential - whether it’s a signature Karen Millen fit in a pre-fall ready colourway, or a new season oversized fit, these jackets will effortlessly transition your look from desk-to-dusk.

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