Back To Work: The Best Style Tips For Your Return To The Office

A return to the office may seem a little daunting after working from home or as a hybrid-remote worker for so long. 

It’s not just our lifestyles that have changed, but our wardrobes, too, and the phrase ‘I’ve got nothing to wear’ has never felt so appropriate.But there’s no need to worry! At Rosamund Muir, we’ve pulled together our styling tips on how to pull off the best attire for the new age of office dressing. From the best wardrobe staples to the most practical and stylish shoes for the job, you’ll be turning heads with your chic sophisticated style in no time!

Blonde woman is dressed in a white trouser suit and brown croc loafers

A trouser suit paired with Annabel brown croc & snake print loafers

What will you be wearing when you return to the office?

A work-from-home lifestyle has left us more accustomed to comfort. 

In another life before lockdown, pencil skirts, fitted trouser suits and high heels were commonplace in the office. Nowadays, office wear is evolving; it’s still got to be stylish and presentable, but the focus is on movement and comfort now more than ever. 

Looks are looser and more deconstructed whilst still appearing smart and stylish. With all of these changes, it’s easy to see why office and workwear style has become so difficult to nail. 

Your office style in 2023 will differ depending on whether your office has a smart or casual dress code. If you’re not sure where to start with your updating your office style, here are some of our best tips:

Search for comfortable corporate styles 

If you work in a more casual office, it’s easy to transition out of your loungewear and into your favourite pair of comfortable jeans as you head back to the office. 

However, if you work in a more corporate setting, you may need to be a little savvier with your wardrobe staples if you’re looking for a sophisticated style that doesn’t compromise comfort.  

Start by swapping your fitted trousers for stylish, on-trend, yet comfortable wide-legged trousers. Paired with pointed-heeled ankle boots like our stunning Paulina boots, you’ll look super stylish while staying comfortable. 

Looking for more classic pieces that are effortlessly stylish and comfortable? Add the following pieces to your office capsule wardrobe:

  • A smart blazer: Easy to dress up or down, a stylish blazer should never be underestimated. Whether you choose a fabulously fitted option or an oversized ensemble, pair yours with jeans and trainers on your off-duty days or dress-down Fridays, or with cigarette pants and our stunning Annabel loafers, for the ultimate in stylish office dressing.
A brunette woman wear navy trousers and matching top with black and white Annabel loafers
  • A trouser suit: Great for delivering presentations, formal boardroom meetings, or welcoming clients, a trouser suit also offers multiple dressing opportunities if you mix and match the blazer and pants with other staples from your wardrobe. Choose a relaxed cut if you want comfort, and embrace oversized style. 
  • A midi dress: Light and airy, a midi dress, whether plain or printed, is a perfect pick for a classic workwear capsule wardrobe. Comfortable for long days sitting at your desk, this versatile piece looks just as good on its own as it does when paired with a blazer, tights and our stunning Fortuna boots. 

Choose an outfit that sparks joy through dopamine dressing

Fashion is all about having fun and expressing yourself through your outfits, and there’s no reason why you can’t do that in the office! By selecting clothes which reflect your personal style, it makes you feel good and can enhance dopamine levels. It adds to a positive and motivated atmosphere. Go on, try it!

A blonde woman wears blue shirt with pencil skirt and matching blue and black Annabel snakeprint loafers

Annabel Blue And Black Snake Print Loafers paired with a coordinating, joyful blue shirt

A patterned skirt set, a colourful shirt, a jumpsuit or a dress styled with statement accessories can help elevate your style and mood, and make you feel more empowered.

A trench coat is a classic wardrobe staple for transitioning seasons

If you invest in a good trench coat, it will last you a lifetime. Perfect for dressing up and down, not only will it be an essential office layer when autumn creeps in or when there’s a spring chill in the air. 

Its versatile style will pair with many outfits. So whether you want an extra layer to pair with a trouser suit or dress to fight the seasonal chill or some outerwear to level up your jeans and jumper look on off-duty days, a trench coat is the core wardrobe essential that keeps on giving. 

Choose a classic, neutral shade for multiple dressing options. 

What are good shoes for lots of walking?

If you have a busy office job, face a daily commute and large amounts of time spent on your feet, you need reliable shoes to support you through these challenging times. Loafers are the perfect choice for busy office days when trainers just aren’t acceptable, which is why they’ve made such a big comeback for autumn 2023.

A close up of a woman's red and navy Annabel loafers with navy trousers

Annabel Red & Navy Blue Croc Loafers

Our Annabel loafers at Rosamund Muir are the stylish and practical addition that will help you embrace the return to office working in style. With a 90 mm block heel, they’re the perfect height to help you comfortably stay on your feet all day long.

Available in seven colours, each pair has been lovingly handcrafted in our atelier from surplus stock cow leather, a sustainable by-product of the meat industry. 

Our four new additions to the collection showcase the exquisite reptilia print effect that can be achieved in the atelier by the hands of our artisan shoemakers, creating the same visual impact as those shoes made from exotic leathers without creating an industry where exotic animals are bred and killed for their skins. 

A stylish and ethical choice for years of comfortable and stylish dressing, style yours with a trouser suit and a statement blouse or a pencil skirt for the office; then pair them with rolled-up jeans and a relaxed T-shirt for off-duty dressing days. 

Where to buy luxury work shoes for women

You’ll find stylish, practical and durable work shoes at Rosamund Muir to last a lifetime. 

Whether you’re a lover of loafers or prefer to step out to the office in statement ankle boots such as our stunning Beatrix or Felixa, you’re guaranteed comfort with every step, perfect for transitioning back to the office from days spent working from home.

Why not browse our collection today to find your perfect pair?

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