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As much as I wish that all companies could list their dress code as “creative”, without the strictness of 9-5 we’d never have wanted to add a rule breaking twist to begin with. That twist- work wear does not have to be completely devoid of all personal style, I mean suiting trends are off the charts and those came from menswear so let’s go business-casual!

The key to creating a successful work wardrobe is all about strong basics that you can build on, remember you are not breaking the rules if you are just embellishing standardised expectations.

Considering there are only so many times that you can put on the same shirt and pant combo I thought I’d make sure you take your back to work clothing investments seriously. If you look good, you feel good and chances are Monday to Friday may just become your favourite days. I know, I said it.

THE NEW WAY OF COORDINATING

Fashion editors (not I), used to dub coordinates with a “handle with care” label and this was simply because the fashion motto in general is to create your own look with different pieces out there – which is the don’t try this at home bit that leads to a wardrobe in torment. This suggested faux par has however turned a corner and the trend has taken over all walks of the office. If you’re a roll out the door 18 minutes to scrunch up your hair kind of gal. Go Co-ords. No, they are not out dated, and no no-one thinks that because of this your mornings are organised. They think, girl got that lexicon thing going on. When investing in an outfit set make sure it is two pieces that you can wear each piece three times over with new or old pieces in your wardrobe.

Featuring Look: Harper spot tunic $149, Jemma Spot Pants $169, Oxford; Emma fashion sunglasses $49.95, Seed Heritage; Anna point $149.95, Nine West (Instore exclusive).

THE POWER OF A SUIT

I hear people say “The powersuit is back” but… in my eyes it never left, we just got other options worth wearing. A suit is today, powerful and feminine, and it may not be the only option when dressing for success but it sure feels like it when donning a tailored piece. Suits set off a powerful chain reaction of positivity, they self -reinforce and when you add a pearl button, a pussy bow or a delicate cross hatch fabric you can count on it being the one – this trend is holding fast.

Featuring Look: Alexa Wool stretch suit jacket $399, Angel French cuff stretch shirt $169, Mia wool lycra check suit pants $79.60, Oxford; Martina point $159.95, Nine West.

TAKE IT TO THE TREND

No one thought that the snakeskin print was the leopard’s natural evolution, mostly because it is a full 80’s throw back, but it is and it is simultaneously daring and versatile! When wearing current trends into the office be calculated and do not overcomplicate things, a little bit goes along way. What I personally love is how versatile the trend is. Its neutral-tone means the opportunities to inject it into your wardrobe are endless. Wearing the trend in a blouse will balance the print with a modest approach.

Featuring Look: Snake skin blouse $99.95, Layla pant $119.95, Sheike; Anna point $149.95, Nine West (Instore exclusive).

Clothes do not make the woman, yet our perceptions of a person are seized up within mere seconds, count on your personal style this work wardrobe refresh.

Christie Sutherland has quickly become renowned as one of Queensland’s fashion authorities. Hailing from South Africa, Christie started her career at Bauer Magazines and her eye for detail and hard work quickly saw her ascend to becoming the youngest ever Editor of Style Magazines. Presiding over innumerable photo shoots with international brands, photographers and models has lead Christie into an exciting new phase of her career a freelance professional, becoming fashion ambassador for Treasury Brisbane through to styling Ralph Lauren’s national season launches to name a few. Always the consummate professional Christie is at home hosting events, styling shoots and producing cutting edge content.

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