Work ready, winter ready

By UCL Health Psychology graduate Emilie Thao Le. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, creative writing and music. Read Emilie’s blog: and follow her on Twitter @emberryx.

Now that the winter months are fast approaching, you’ll want to have the perfect work wardrobe at the ready to brave the winter chills. But you don’t have to be throwing on the baggy jumpers for work, the key to winter fashion is all about selecting the right colours, patterns, fabrics and putting them together with some clever layering. Follow these tips and stay warm and look effortlessly stylish for work:

1. Choose colours wisely
Black, navy, brown, cream and grey work very well in the winter. Also coincidentally, this palette of colours is very work appropriate. However you can add a splash of colour into this palette with any of your choice. However you avoid adding too many colours to your outfit as this may over power it. When it comes to the winter season, less is more in terms of colour but more is better in terms of layering. Try wearing one or two ‘neutral’ colours (black, navy, brown, cream and grey) and then add one colour to it e.g. maroon.

2. Pile on thin layers
The preppy look works particularly well for winter because it involves lots of layering. One way to do this is to wear a shirt and sweater on top. If you want to be more adventurous with this, try wearing tops with unique collars such as the ever so cute peter pan collars or pointed collars. Make sure the shirt and sweater complement each other well.

Cardigans and blazers can create further layers and keep you warm. Try tailored blazers that nip in at the waist or try different fabrics that are softer and more comfortable to wear. Opt for warm autumn colours such as maroon and brown blazers if you want to try something different. If you want to be on trend this season, dog tooth blazers can add a classy touch to your outfit.

3. Choose trousers or skirts that complement your top and create a stylish silhouette
Try skinny trousers this winter for a stylish silhouette. Smart jeggings can be a comfortable option for a slightly casual look or you could try different fabrics such as tweed or dark denim for more warmth.

Skirts can really make an outfit when it complements the top. Tuck the shirt into the skirt for a neat smart look. It’s always good to wear two pairs of tights in this weather. Avoid the thin tights and go for cotton or wool tights for extra warmth.

4. Opt for simple dresses
If you don’t want to bother with tops and bottoms, dresses can work for winter too. Box pleated, peplum and shift dresses are perfect for work. For some sleeveless pleated dresses and shift dresses, you could try wearing a long sleeve shirt underneath for a preppy look that keeps you warm.

5. Invest in a good pair of boots
You can’t wear slouchy snow boots for work so opt for tall leather boots or ankle boots. Choose neutral coloured boots as they will complement your existing work wardrobe. Also sensible heels are must. You’ll be working all day so you will need a comfortable pair.

6. Keep warm in a stylish coat
You want to invest in a sophisticated and warm coat to wear to work. Opt for chic tailored styles. Knee length trench coats, pleated styles or military coats work well for winter. Choose a coat in a neutral colour as it will suit your outfit. Add a scarf and gloves to complete the look.

All clothes are from Forever 21.