Splash out on an emerald green mac to liven up the morning commute and boost any business outfit. It’s the colour of the season, don’t you know.
Mac £250, s/m, m/l, www.jaeger.co.uk
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Back by popular demand (according to the Boden catalogue) a silky printed blouse is the simple way to perk up a pair of plain pants. Add court shoes in a contrasting colour for a contemporary twist. And how about that for alliteration?!
Soho blouse, £69, and Bistro Crop trousers, £59, both 6-22, www.boden.co.uk
Whether you go Michelle Obama-style and throw on a colourful cardi, or slip on over a long-sleeved t-shirt, this lovely tunic dress will take the stress out of getting dressed all year long
Eloise dress, £89, 8-16, www.alliumb.com
The multi-tasking alternative to a blouse looks chic with cropped pants - and ladylike with a hip-hugging pencil skirt. Good, eh?
Wool/Spandex trousers, £199, and stripe top, £225, both 8-14, by Raoul at www.fenwick.co.uk
Show you mean business by pairing eye-popping patterned trousers with a smart white shirt.
Amalfi printed trousers, £192, 40-46, Philosophy at Alberta Ferretti, blouse from a selection, and sandals, £235, 36-41, by Diane von Furstenberg, all from www.my-wardrobe.com
This hardworking tweed jacket goes the distance with coloured chinos and puts in the overtime with dark denim jeans. We like.
Jacket, £225, shirt, £140, cropped chinos, £99, all from www.jaeger.co.uk
When it comes to figure-flattering qualities, the A-line skirt provides a sassy alternative to the pencil.
Piqué A-line skirt, £49, navy blouse, £69, both 6-22, sixties slingbacks, £99, 36-42, and leather pouch bag, £120, all www.boden.co.uk
The traditional two-piece doesnt have to look stuffy. Keep make-up fresh, hair loose and your t-shirt spotless (easier said than done we know!), for a more relaxed feel.
Natalia blazer, £189, essential scoop neck tee, £29, essential belt, £59, and trousers, £109, all 6-18, www.isabellaoliver.com/baukjen/uk
For in-between days and a chilly commute, a nifty cashmere sweater should do the trick. Layer over a white shirt if the office heating is on full blast.
Cashmere crew neck, £99 and navy pencil skirt, £99, both 8-20, www.purecollection.com
Save time in the morning with the ultimate get-up-and-go dress. This one comes in slinky jersey fabric with a high comfort factor. Whats not to love?
Dress, £89, 6-22, and colourblock points, £69, 36-42, both www.boden.co.uk
The spring/summer catwalks went monochrome mad. Add impact to a classic work style with some big bold black and white stripes.
Striped shirt, £26, trousers, £30 both 6-22, and laser cut iPad clutch, £22, all from www.next.co.uk
We give you another year-round winner. The super-chic Capri pant works with ankle boots in winter, flat or heeled sandals in summer - and Audrey Hepburn-inspired ballet pumps whenever you feel like it.
Gaberdine stretch trousers, £195, 34-44, Joseph, t-shirt, £35, xs xl, and jacket, £230, 6-16, both Farhi at Nicole Farhi, all from www.my-wardrobe.com