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Timeless Work Attire

When we think of timeless work attire, one classic wardrobe essential promptly comes to mind: the blazer jacket. During this AW17, present-day designers are first in row to educate you on how to wear this classic as part of your contemporary look of choice and to keep wearing it during the seasons to come. 

by Charlotte De Loose

As seen on the runway

With her infinite ways of transforming masculine into the new feminine, Isabel Marant was bound to grant us with her interpretation of the straight navy blazer jacket. Her AW17 version is extra long and minimalist, and like Victoria Beckham, she combined it with a high-waisted midi skirt and knee-high leather boots to toughen it up. By adding a black leather belt, Marant adds even more power to a suited-for-work-look that will undoubtedly become a big hit this season. 

Whether it forms part of a two-piece or stands on its own as a complement to a monochrome look, the printed blazer has returned and has become more versatile than ever. As Beckham shows, colour-matching your accessories is anything but monotonous and can tie your office look together in a simple yet refined manner. 
Left to right: Isabel Marant, Paul & Joe, Victoria Beckham. 

Translated to the street 

The trick to making it work for work is taking the blazer jacket out of its corporate comfort zone and turning it into a strikingly contemporary staple. Bright, contrasting colours, an alluring detail, a clashing print or a boxy silhouette, there are a number of ways to incorporate a timeless blazer jacket into a fashion-forward yet acceptable work outfit. 

If a head-to-toe printed suit seems a bit too overwhelming, a two-piece in a statement colour is an equally powerful alternative. Wear a crisp shirt in a contrasting colour underneath for a genuinely confident business style. Depending on the occasion, you could always 'casualise' your office outfit by replacing the tailored trousers with a pair of high-waisted jeans. Slip on a pair of pointed booties to elongate the legs and balance out the look with a touch of femininity. In case you're meeting an acquainted business partner that won't be appalled by your vestimentary progressiveness, drop the serious act and add in your fluffiest pair of slippers. 
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