Just the job

The au­tumn cat­walk took notes from Sil­i­con Val­ley and Scott of the Antarc­tic. Lau­ren Cochrane in­tro­duces the new work wear tribes

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Work the cow­boy, ex­plorer or lum­ber­jack look

Tech worker

Any­one who has watched Mr Robot will have a head start this sea­son, be­cause the cor­po­rate drones who work at the drama’s fic­tional E Corp got an un­likely out­ing on the cat­walk, namely for Off-White and Prada. There were lan­yards and “un­fash­ion” cagoules fa­mil­iar to any of­fice worker on a rainy com­mute. To take it be­yond the 9-5, add pops of colour and hope no one asks you to re­set their pass­word. If you buy only one thing: fleece, £45, by North Face, from asos.com

Lum­ber­jack Ev­ery­one looks good in a checked shirt, and the padded ver­sions are su­per-cosy. Keep it fresh by mix­ing up dif­fer­ent colours, or ref­er­enc­ing the great out­doors with tree or for­est prints on shirts and T-shirts. If you buy only one thing: checked shirt, £35, top­man.com

Se­cu­rity guard

Re­peat af­ter me: “If your name’s not on the list, you’re not com­ing in.” This sea­son, the se­cu­rity guard/ body­guard/high­end bouncer look has es­caped the club and con­quered the cat­walk. It started last year when Vete­ments, spe­cial­ists in trans­lat­ing the ev­ery­day into high fash­ion, re­leased its “Sécu­rité” base­ball cap and T-shirt. The new look is smarter: think long black coat, stiff white shirt, even a sharp tie. Loosen it up with jeans, and chan­nel your in­ner PC David Budd. If you buy only one thing: black coat, £180, cos­stores.com

Con­struc­tion worker Blame Raf Si­mons. The much-watched de­signer at Calvin Klein was in­spired by fire­fight­ers for AW18, and sent his mod­els down the run­way in parkas with hi-vis stripes across the sleeves. At Burberry, there were jack­ets that re­sem­bled the ones worn by 1970s rub­bish col­lec­tors. Keep it light touch with a neon wal­let or sweat­shirt, rather than a glow­ing over­coat – un­less be­ing highly vis­i­ble is part of your job de­scrip­tion: in which case the more neon, the bet­ter, obvs. If you buy only one thing: neon wal­let, £68, by Comme des Garçons, from dover­street­mar­ket.com

Ex­plorer

Bear Grylls might be all about a fleece and back­pack, but fash­ion this sea­son is more Scott of the Antarc­tic: chunky socks, big sweaters, bob­ble hats and moun­taineer­ing back­packs. Hik­ing boots are the eas­i­est way to add a bit of ex­plorer to a look that works in the city. North Face and Tim­ber­land just about work, but bet­ter still to go for hik­ing-style boots from brands such as Gren­son and Free Peo­ple. NB: this is strictly streetwear; you’d prob­a­bly get laughed off the moun­tain on an ac­tual hike. If you buy only one thing: hik­ing boots, £125, by Toms, from of­fice.co.uk

Ur­ban cow­boy

Fash­ion has never re­cov­ered from Broke­back Moun­tain. Ang Lee’s 2005 film is in ev­i­dence again this sea­son, with cow­boy swag­ger on the cat­walk at Dsquared2 and else­where. If the hat is too much, try a shirt; the best are satin with pip­ing. To avoid the Woody from Toy Story look, wear your shirt loose, with non-cow­boy jeans and ca­sual train­ers. Think of it as the au­tumn al­ter­na­tive to the Hawai­ian shirt. If you buy only one thing: cow­boy shirt (or sim­i­lar) £25, be­yon­dretro.com

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