Look wow at work

Top­shop Per­sonal Stylist and Shop­per Tsholanang Mo­tuba talks nine-to-five looks with style.

Glamour (South Africa) - - Work/Smart Leaps -

What are the lat­est work­wear trends?

New trouser styles, like kick-flares and cu­lottes are great al­ter­na­tives to the clas­sics. When it comes to blouses, it’s all about ar­chi­tec­tural pieces – the bigger the sleeve, the bet­ter!

What should we con­sider when buy­ing work­wear?

The ma­jor fac­tors to keep in mind are fit, colour and ver­sa­til­ity. I’m a big fan of in­vest­ment pieces that can be worn in a mul­ti­tude of ways.

What’s the best way to include trends in a work wardrobe?

Go with one state­ment piece per out­fit. A great fo­cal point el­e­vates your look – just en­sure the rest of it com­ple­ments that stand­out item. For ex­am­ple, you could wear a tuxedo wrap jacket as your state­ment piece and mute it down with cig­a­rette trousers.

What are the main things to know about work­wear? I be­lieve that the way we present our­selves has a def­i­nite im­pact on per­for­mance. Af­ter all, the more con­fi­dent you feel, the bet­ter your out­put. Em­brace your fig­ure with styles and cuts that com­ple­ment your shape, but don’t show too much skin at work. Wear a blazer over a camisole.

What about hav­ing fun with work­wear?

Of course! Play around with bold pieces like ruf­fles, flares, pleats and prints. Deep flo­rals, ging­ham and tar­tan prints are key for win­ter. And what about us­ing colour and cre­at­ing vis­ual con­trast with some­thing strong like fuch­sia trousers or a cobalt dou­ble-breasted blazer?

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