It's time to say goodbye to summer and hello to a new season. For some of us, September this year means a (very delayed) return to the office. For all of us, the new flexibility in working schedules means autumn wardrobe overhauls are not as straightforward as they once were.
The idea of wearing a suit, shirt and tie to the office is now as outdated as the notion of ‘dress down Fridays’. On any given day, you might need a softly tailored casual blazer for a Zoom meeting, or a smart trackpant alternative to feel comfortable in while you work from home. One size no longer fits all.
The relaxing of dress codes was happening long before the pandemic, as power shifted from sharp-suited Gordon Gecko-esque money men to young techpreneurs in hoodies and designer trainers. Now, even major financial institutions such as Goldman Sachs are telling employees they need only dress in a manner that is consistent with their client expectations.
Throughout all of this sartorial upheaval, the important thing to remember is this: the rules of dressing for work might have changed, but we should all still be making an effort to look our best. Whether you’re working from home, commuting into town or dialling in from a tropical climate, making the right impression matters. With this in mind, I’ve curated a short list of essentials that will help you on your way this season.