While we’re slightly dreading the prospect of summer drawing to a close, there is one thing to look forward to with the onset of that back-to-school feeling. What might that be we hear you ask? Work wardrobe shopping of course. A new 9-5 wardrobe come September - or at least couple of brand spanking new accessories to elevate your go-to work look – are guaranteed to make you feel a little less depressed about the drop in temperature and (cue sobs) a longer-than-we’d-like stretch until our next holiday. So, let’s talk about the uplifting office accessories you need for AW17…
If you love a fierce heel, you’re in for a treat this season. When it comes to classic court shoes (an office essential as far as we’re concerned) we’ve got you covered from high to low. Partial to real height boosters? Look no further than Miss KG’s 'Arielle' and 'Acid' heels. These are your not-so-basic, basic black courts. Both boast sleek straps which add a little something extra and make them perfect for going from office to after work drinks. On the mid-heel front, our favourite styles are Carvela’s 'Alison' and Miss KG’s 'Celina'. Alison’s on-trend ombre effect is a welcome change from bog standard black or nude while Celine reveals slightly more of the foot thanks to low cut sides. Both will look great come winter with cropped tailored trousers and a matching jacket. One of autumn/winter’s biggest trends is the kitten heel, thanks mainly to the likes of Balenciaga and Dior, who’s mini heels have been spotted on everyone from Kendall Jenner to street style star Pernille Teisbaek. Miss KG’s 'Archer' kicks are a great way to sport the trend, best teamed with black opaques and a loose-fitting shift dress. And let’s not forget the boot option. Essential for when the weather really takes a turn, Carvela’s 'Rida' ankle boots boast a flattering low cut V-shaped front whilst maintaining the coverage of a winter boot.
Of course, heels aren’t practical for all industries. If your work entails a lot of running around or if stilettos simply aren’t your thing, you’ll be hankering after a fabulous pair of flats. If you fancy the look of a court but with the comfort of a flat shoe, opt for a pointed toe. Miss KG’s 'Goldie' ballerinas are smart and look great with everything from midi skirts to cigarette pants. Brogues are another option for an office flat. Armed with more of a masculine edge, we’ll be wearing Carvela’s Luxury and 'Lucifer’ designs with ribbed tights, pleated skirts and shirts this winter. Or perhaps you prefer a loafer? Slip into some tasselled beauties such as Carvela’s 'Livia', 'Leanne' or 'Manor' kicks. They all go with pretty much anything and the tassel adornment gives them a luxe feel. The Carvela Comfort collection is a no-brainer for wear-all-day work shoes too. Fusing timeless styles with maximum comfort, each style is designed with a flexible sole, breathable leather sock and underfoot cushioning. 'Click 2' is a classic loafer that you’ll want to live in – the only decision is whether to go for black patent, navy patent or tan leather. Once you see how comfy they are, you’ll want to buy all three!
Of course, we aren’t short of an office flat for the men either. And let’s face it, nothing beats the classic lace-up. What to get in on the brogue action? It’s all about the 'Angelo' this season, in black or tan. Or, if you’re after something simple that does exactly what it says on the tin, you can’t go wrong with Kurt Geiger London’s 'Angus' shoes. Available in black, tan and navy, these are the perfect shoes with which to complement your sleek, city boy look.
In The Bag
A top handle bag really sharpens slick workwear. All that’s left to decide on is the colourway. If you tend to stick to quite a neutral palette in the office you can probably go a little brighter with the bag (Carvela’s 'Robyn' tote is amazing in red). That said if longevity is key, invest in a neutral hue. The 'Race' tote in black or tan is a great forever bag and Carvela’s 'Reign' structured tote has our name written all over it in nude. If you’re someone who somehow manages to fit in a trip to the gym before or after work (well done you) you might want something a bit roomier in which to cart around your lycra (and, of course, our 'Orla' sneakers). For this, look no further that our best-selling 'Violet' tote. This is the never-full bag you can’t live without, and it comes in a whole host of shades. Our pick for winter? Gunmetal grey