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CF's Summer Guide

Back To Work Dressing: The CF Edit

What does dressing for work mean in 2021? It’s a question we’ve been mulling over a lot in recent weeks as we plot our return to the office.

After 18 months of working from home, it’s high time we reconsider our office-ready attire. We’ve become masters at dressing from the waist up, donning Peter Pan collar blouses and dazzling our colleagues with eye-catching earrings for Zoom call, but now it’s time to revisit head-to-toe workwear.

As we rediscover vast swathes of our neglected wardrobes, it’s important to remember that a simple smattering of new accessories can breathe new life into old wardrobe pieces. Make your summer floral dresses work harder as we come into autumn by pairing with a smart pair of knee-high boots, and perhaps a slim-line, roll-neck knit. Likewise, a new tote bag is an instant outfit refresher. We also love the sculptural silhouette of Little Liffner’s Tulip Tote – who said workwear had to be conformist?

A midi skirt is a cornerstone of every woman’s wardrobe; however, consider a burnt orange leather iteration from 16Arlington to add an unexpected injection of colour into a monochrome ensemble. Similarly, you can’t go wrong with a crisp white shirt – Palmer//Harding adds points of interest to a classic piece with origami-inspired pleating.

Excellent knits will tick the comfort box – a consideration that is all the more important following 18 months of wearing leggings and sweatshirts on rotation. Self-Portrait’s midi dress is perfect to whisk you from the office to post-work drinks – remember those? – whilst a Proenza Schouler icy blue knit will look sleek paired with myriad midi skirts and trousers.

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