Your 9-5 Dress Code

Waking up and dressing for work every single day can be overwhelming. To manage any morning mayhem you’ll need to acquire the basic pieces every working woman should have hanging in her closet—blazers, shirts, flats, heels, tailored trousers and a skirt. Just add a few key season trends such as monochrome, check, berry hues and lots of bright prints and you can be sure to always show up to work in style.


Make an effortless transition with easy tailoring and effortlessly elegant 2-pieces and dresses that work from morning meetings to evening dos. From classic shades of grey and black to tweeds and checks, look out for chic A-line minis, pencil skirts, midi skirts, manlike trousers, fitted jackets and ladylike dresses that will take you through summer right into Autumn.


Flute sleeves, wrap styles are everywhere this season. Think of deep reds and purples, checks and stripes and you’ll be bang on trend. And don’t forget the LBD. A wardrobe staple, a chic little black dress will always be a 9 to 5 hero. Whether you are channelling Chanel, inspired by Hepburn or just a fan of the deepest shade there is, this is the one item that can be dressed up and down effortlessly.

  • Grey And Ivory Check Shift Dress £30.00 Dorothy Perkins
  • Berry Double Ruffle Shift Dress £24.00 Dorothy Perkins
  • Black Spot Print Asymmetric Wrap Front Dress £24.99 New Look


Nothing screams girl boss like a crisp blazer and right now the blazer is having a massive moment. This time round, you can embrace colour and print. Look out for styles in statement red, Prince of Wales check and bold stripes that will take you from desk-to-dinner in no time at all.

  • Black Check Contrast Cuff Blazer £59 M&S
  • Black Blazer £70 River Island 
  • Grey Check Blazer £20 New Look 


In addition to the perfect white button-down shirt, shirting has also been reimagined, with asymmetric cuts, reworked silhouettes, and statement sleeves breathing new life into the work wear classic. For extra impact, look for detailing in the form of peplum hems, bow necklines and metal hardware. From frill front blouses in ditsy prints to shirts in bold block colours, stripe blouses with fluted sleeves, and wrap tops, if your shirt or blouse is full of detail then it’s definitely going to be a winner.

  • White Grandad Collar Peplum Hem Blouse £24 New Look
  • White tie-detail shirt £18 Peacocks
  • Orange floral Blouse £34 Oasis


Trousers or skirts, whatever you choose you’ll be on trend as long as go for bold styles, bold prints and bold colour. Wide-legged and fluid cuts are the mood du jour and totally work wear appropriate.

A-line skirts of all lengths are holding it down in the skirt department, where zips and texture have been employed for a hit of newness. Skirts have been given a new season refresh with the new mini, maxi and midi hem lengths, while a pencil skirt will create a sexy silhouette. Go barelegged for now, while it’s still warm enough, and sport sock boots when it gets chilly out. On top, everything and anything goes from bodysuits to crisp white shirts and fluted sleeve tops. For extra points try for a co-ord two-pieces and the berrier the better.

  • Burgundy Calf Length Skirt £29.99 H&M
  • Red Faux Leather Mini Skirt £22.00 Dorothy Perkins
  • Grey Checked Slim Leg Ankle Grazer Trousers £20.00 Dorothy Perkins


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