It’s easy to overthink workwear. Having to toss up every morning between putting your stamp on the world or just making it through another day comfy enough, can be exhausting. It doesn’t have to be this way.
Jade Leung is a fashion stylist whose work runs the gamut from high-end fashion mags to campaigns for Nobody Denim, Nike, Converse and more. We asked Leung to talk us through some of her favourite current workwear trends – as well as ways to keep things easy while still allowing your personality to shine.
Leung says it’s time to let go of the concept of seasonal looks and fabrics. “I think people are kind of stuck in this idea that linen is for summer and tweed is for winter,” she says. For example, “a good knit is really breathable and appropriate for all seasons.” It’s also a way of elevating an outfit – for instance, instead of a cotton T-shirt, a merino short sleeved top immediately makes things look more formal.
“I love twinsets,” says Leung. “I always gravitate towards a twinset because I think it's an immediate way to feel really dressed up and put together”. She says in addition to it being an easy outfit for days when you don’t want to think, when a twinset is broken up it can give you a host of other outfit options that can be easily dressed up or down. Examples like matching a tweed blazer with tweed mini skirt, or for the men, a suit jacket with chino pants makes going out after work a simple transition.
Leung says choosing clothing in unusual fabrics or prints for basic items is an easy way to mix up a combo – knit tees instead of cotton and colourful tweeds, for starters. From there you can innovate with pairing. She points to a pastel-coloured tweed blazer from a Saba twinset as an example: “I can see myself wearing this beautiful tweed with leather for an edge,” she says. “It changes your whole concept of how it looks and the vibe it's giving off.”
Mix and match
“We always fall into a pattern of like, well, it’s Monday. I'll just go for that look because I don't have to think about it,” says Leung. While tested work getups are the fallback, she points to pieces that can be easily subbed in and out as a way to breathe new life into a standard look. Tops with different necklines are a good option, or choosing pieces made from a variety of fabrics – and again letting go of seasonal looks. “There's nothing wrong with wearing a long-sleeved turtleneck under a linen blazer come wintertime when I need a bit more layering,” she says.
Invest in a good trench coat
Leung says you can’t go wrong with investing in a good jacket that can be worn with nearly everything. “I think every human needs a good trench coat,” she says. “It's one of those things you buy and keep it forever.” Choosing a neutral colour means it can suit every occasion. “It can be casual, it can be for work, it can look great with a clean white sneaker or a dressier work shoe or a brogue. It’s a really versatile and important piece – especially living in a city like Melbourne where you always just need that extra layer.”
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