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For all the “new year, new —” idioms, a new back to work wardrobe is probably the one we can most easily get behind. After all, there’s nothing quite like a freshly pressed shirt, a perfect-fitting dress or a box-fresh pair of shoes to put a spring back in your step as you head back to see your colleagues.
Whether it’s an easy piece to make cold winter mornings easier or a new wear-with-everything skirt, Rebecca Tay presents five styles to make the transition back to work that much more stylish.
Simons, the family-owned company founded in Quebec City in 1840, has launched its own in-house label, selling as part of the Édito department and featuring the same name. The first collection includes sleek, refined pieces such as this blue poplin shirt, which is the perfect way to add a sophisticated, professional pop of colour to your workwear wardrobe.
Simons, simons.ca | $215 ($129.99)
A CHIC CARRYALL
Dutch designer Camiel Fortgens technically creates men’s collections, but this mid-size tote bag is absolutely for anyone. Made with recycled insulation and a sky blue polyester outer that’s a cinch to clean and care for, it has four interior compartments that easily fit a laptop and a couple notebooks, with both top handles and a detachable cross-body strap so you can pick and choose how you sport it.
Neighbour, shopneighbour.com | $405
When you’re running late but need to look smart for a big day at work — it’s January, it happens, it’s fine — pull on this ‘Melissah’ dress and look meeting-ready in an instant. With its A-line shape, built-in belt and fuss-free, ‘mocha’ shade, it’s everything you want when you have about five minutes to get out the door. Bonus points for the fact that it’s machine washable and looks equally great with sneakers.
Club Monaco, clubmonaco.com | $249
Y2K SNOW WHITE
If your fashion choices are still dictated by old, outdated adages about wearing blue and green together or white shoes after Labour Day, consider making 2023 the year to really forget those old rules — starting with these ‘Naila’ heeled leather loafers. With their Y2K block heel and squared-off toed, they’re the ultimate style to wear with all of spring’s preppy-cool dresses.
Aldo, aldoshoes.com | $110
SEND A FAX
While it’s unlikely that no one born in the last 20 years will know what a fax machine is, anyone older will appreciate the name of new fashion label, Fax Copy Express. Launched in 2020, the Chinese label is now available at SSENSE, offering pieces with a ‘90s grunge slant: think cropped halter tops, wide-leg jeans, and pieces such as this pleated skirt, which is both work-appropriate and cool, depending on how you wear it. We love it with socks and pumps, as seen here, for an ultramodern take on workwear.
SSENSE, ssense.com | $480
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