2021 office attire has undoubtedly taken a quick turn. The past year of lockdown has seen us go from smart casual workwear to business on top and comfort on the bottom at record speed. Some have embraced the opportunity to mix up their executive style, while others have abandoned the entire concept of having the camera on in zoom meetings full-stop.
The sudden shared panic as we re-emerge from lockdown and grasp at ideas of what acceptable workwear now looks like is a feeling that we all know too well.
It is fair to say that this is not the first time we have seen a change in what is acceptable to wear for work. The evolution of women’s and men’s workwear reflects global trends (despite that currently resembling a comfy pyjama set).
Returning to the workplace, whether it’s full-time or part-time, will likely be filled with several looming questions aside from ‘what workwear option should I go for today?’.
At Jules B, we anticipate that long-standing and sometimes even unspoken dress codes will be completely re-written in light of changing work dynamics and inconsistent working environments.
Our prediction – a new form of workwear, somewhere between smart casual and casual. Elevated elements of casual workwear that maintain the now essential comfort aspect, with the addition of stylised accessories that present an executive aura.
If you are thinking you need to overhaul your work wardrobe, think again. Simple additions such as statement glasses, jewellery and some classic comfortable pumps or loafers – paired with patterned tops, boxy blazers and loosely tailored trousers – will ensure you have everything you need to embrace the office again in no time.
Here are some of our top picks for essential executive elegance…