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Photo: Mango, H&M

Fashion trends may change every so often, and it may be hard to sift out those that are actually wearable for work.

While workwear doesn’t have to be boring, you can dress simply and easily without looking sloppy. All you need to do is master these simple steps to simplify your wardrobe, and you will have plenty of room to get creative and build your office looks from there.

 

1. Workwear denim is your new best friend

Mango denim jeans

Photo: Mango

Try: Jeans, $79, Mango

What if we told you that you could wear jeans for work every day of the week? Well, it's possible, if you know how to style it right.

The trick is in the fit. Simple cuts and classic washes are the best way to anchor your look, without HR raising an eyebrow. Pair these with business-like pumps and a smart shirt.

 

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2. Playful ruffles add a sense of lightness

Zara frill top

Photo: Zara

Try: Frill top, $49.90, Zara

Take a cue from this look and work frothy ruffles into your look. It's fun, effervescent and still has a sense of dressiness that you can pull off for work.

With its ruffled neckline, you don't have to do too much to make it pop. Stay away from oversized accessories and keep to a simple hairstyle.

 

3. Experiment with dusty pink

H&M pleated skirt

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Try: Pleated skirt, $44.95, H&M

Everyone needs a pleated midi skirt in their wardrobe, and if you don't, here's your chance. Use it to dress up a simple tee or a white shirt.

Plus, the dusty pink colour flatters most skin tones.

 

4. Trade out your stiff blazer for softer tailoring

H&M Jacket

Photo: H&M

Try: Jacket, $74.95, H&M

Relaxed tailoring is a huge trend for the season, and we are loving it. Not only does it feel more comfortable, it's also a great option to have for those last-minute meetings.

While it looks like a regular business blazer on the surface, the longer cut, boxier shape and softer fabric gives this blazer a more lived-in feel.

 

5. Breeze through your day in a maxi dress

Topshop long sleeve shirt dress

Photo: Topshop

Try: Dress, $139, Topshop

Imagine this: It's Monday morning and you're still sleepy and feeling a little sluggish. You walk to your closet and stare at it to try to figure out what to wear.

Well, you don't have to think too much when you've got a dress on.

The key to working a longer dress for work is to look for business-approved fabrics or simple cuts. This means that anything that's too bohemian looking should be left for beach days.

Pay attention to fit and quality as well, as they help to elevate your look. Throw it on, and go off about your day!

This article was originally published in The Singapore Women's Weekly.

 

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