Office hours: Denizen’s definitive outfit guide to back-to-work dressing

Beyond the struggle to get out of bed after a few weeks off, going back to work also heralds the inevitable question of what to wear when the days are warm and you’re out of practice in more formal attire. Getting dressed for the office requires mastering the delicate balance of modesty and flair, making sure to adhere to the appropriate sartorial code while maintaining a little spark of individuality. It can be tricky but is certainly not impossible once you know where to look.

For the creative…
This person has increased options available to them due to the (generally) more relaxed nature of their work environment. Where formality isn’t as important, the name of the game is balance. Offset casual jeans, sandals and tees with subtle tailoring, the occasional heel and curated accessories.

Griffith tank top from Superette, Little Liffner Baby Boss bag from Scarpa, Dway mule from Dior (09 373 4849), Agolde Riley Hi Rise Straight Crop from Superette, Sophie Buhai Essential Pearl earrings from Simon James.
Balloon singlet from Paris Georgia, Powerful in Pink pants from Maggie Marilyn, Christopher Esber Valetta heel from Muse Boutique, Montaigne bag in blush from Dior (09 373 4849).
ChloƩ Palma glasses from Parker & Co., Ganni Callie boots from Workshop, Agolde Riley High Rise Straight Crop from Superette, Somewhere 01 shirt from Maggie Marilyn, Mini Dauphine handbag from Louis Vuitton.

For the corporate…
For anyone working in an office that requires a slightly more formal, modest approach, there’s no reason why adhering to the dress code should leave you feeling dull or uninspired. Yes, there may be a more strict, sartorial framework in place, but with a little consideration, dowdy pencil skirts need not be part of your repertoire. When in doubt, opt for sleek, tailored pieces and a more monochromatic palette. But if you’re feeling bold, play around with tonal looks by injecting subtle colour and interesting pattern.

Tube skirt from Georgia Alice, Anine Bing Becky blazer from Superette, White Gold Tennis bracelet from Partridge Jewellers, Senso Jamu II heels from Superette, Padlock GG medium shoulder bag from Gucci.
Poplin blouse from Prada, Helen Cherry Keaton trouser from Workshop, Book tote from Dior (09 373 4849), Proenza Schouler Verity mules from Scarpa, Rolex Everose DayDate 40mm with diamonds from Mansors Jewellers.
Ecru vest from Dior (09 373 4849), Theory Linen trouser from Muse Boutique, Padlock shoulder bag from Gucci, Valentina Olive Nutty Tort glasses from Karen Walker, Fly Stud earrings from Alice Herald.


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