AW19 OFFICE STYLE WITH JOHN LEWIS & PARTNERS

John Lewis & Partners AW19

John Lewis & Partners AW19 – Office Styles

 

I am back with Lindsey taking a look at what’s new this AW19 and we are specifically looking at office styling. With dress down policies making it a little more ambiguous as to what’s professional – we thought we would come up with some outfits that you can either dress up or dress down depending on what’s on your agenda that day for work. You should be able to take all three outfits to that important meeting and then simply by swapping shoes or jackets, be versatile to have a more casual look should you need it within your day.

All the pieces in this post work lovely together; by mixing and matching you will be able to create even more looks. Top Tip: It’s important to start investing in your coats and jackets now so that you are ready once the weather changes and get the most out of wearing them. I’ve occasionally purchased my winter coat in December, and then before you know it, it’s Spring and I’ve felt like I’ve not got my cost-per-wear.

If you already own pieces in your wardrobe that are similar to what’s in this post, you are off to a good start – get them out, try them on and get them ready for Autumn-Winter. We’ve used coloured shoes here but your standard black, navy or grey shoes and boots could potentially work too.

 

OFFICE STYLING MADE EASIER

Everyone wants to look their best in the office, I don’t believe anyone wants to turn up looking slouchy and messy. The Business-Casual dress code however can be confusing, making you indecisive in the mornings and then that can really knock your confidence. One of the best ways to get the most of your day, is to feel good in what you are wearing.

Here are my tips to help you get your busy schedule off to a good start and making the decisions of what to wear, to be as easy as possible.

  • Investing time and planning your wardrobe for the next season will not only make you spend less, you’ll save time in the mornings and you will get your cost-per-wear
  • Decide on your key statement pieces for Autumn-Winter, like your coat, your main work bag etc  – these you may already own or it may be time for updating your wardrobe
  • By sticking to a colour palette that works together (and not throwing in any curve balls – this just complicates ‘easy styling’) everything will mix and match lovely – that way if you are running out the door  in the morning (like me!) you can grab and go and you’ll know it works
  • Wear it from the minute you buy it – Autumn is here and start wearing it, don’t save anything for best. This is your work-wardrobe and that ‘important presentation’ may be a few weeks away, but get wearing your wardrobe now – just make sure that everything is clean, pressed and super sharp on the day you need it
  • One of my biggest tips is to plan seven work outfits and then wear them in rotation – That way you won’t keep wearing the same outfit on the same day of the week, you have the weekend for washing and ironing, but you already know you have Monday and Tuesday sorted! This ensures you are wearing your pieces, you don’t have think too much because you will be repeating your plan; this gives you consistency in what you are wearing, you’ll be making the most of your investments and by cycle three or four you can treat yourself to something new and add that in, to refresh your look

 

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OUTFIT ONE

This gorgeous cami top is in a rich rust tone, perfect for adding a pop of colour – you could easily wear this under a black, navy or olive green trouser suit that you may already own. We loved teaming it with this midi skirt that again could work in your existing wardrobe with a lightweight knit and blazer.

We’ve added this oversized wool trench coat which is very on trend this season, however if you want to show off your waistline more then use the straps and tie it around the back to give you more shape and then we have draped this gorgeous scarf to give a more layered look, another nod to a trend this Autumn-Winter – and if you head into the office early doors, I personally find it cold, so I would use this scarf to drape across my shoulders, keeping that stylish look.

Modern Rarity is premium brand exclusive to John Lewis & Partners – it offers you fabulous quality that you can wear for many years and knowing that it’s not available everywhere minimises that risk of turning up and someone else wearing the same as you. My Ted Baker coat cost as much as this one, I bought it back in November 2014 at John Lewis & Partners and I will be wearing it again this winter – they are investment pieces.

 

John Lewis & Partners - AW19 Office Style

John Lewis & Partners – AW19 Office Style

 

Modern Rarity Cami Top – £65

Modern Rarity Pleated Skirt – £130

Modern Rarity Cost – £280

John Lewis & Partners Wanda Suede Slingback Shoe Boots – £99

John Lewis & Partners Chevron Jacquard Scarf, Red – £45

If there are no links in this section then head to the John Lewis & Partners Oxford store at Westgate Shopping Centre, Oxford

 

Outfit Two – Look 1

Tweed is such a fabulous fabric to wear in the Autumn, it’s also a great way to keep warm if you need it. We’ve teamed it here with a white polo neck giving it a real fresh winter vibe, be careful wearing cream high-neck polos tops, I sometimes feel this can date a look; so if you can’t wear stark white opt for an ivory. Also be careful not to get your make up on it as you are getting it on, there is nothing glam about make up on clothing.

These burgundy trousers are a great nod to a relaxed look, especially if your office colleagues tend to wear more jeans (and perhaps you don’t want to). The brown boots featured here would work with outfits one and three below, plus you can wear them with blue denim jeans too of a weekend.

 

John Lewis & Partners AW19 Office Style

John Lewis & Partners – AW19 Office Style

 

Mint Velvet Fine Ribbed Buttoned Sleeve Knit, Ivory – £59

John Lewis & Partners Dionne Trousers, Burgundy – £59

Fenn Wright Mason Tweed Jacket – £189

Mint Velvet Kayla Suede Pointed Ankle Boots, Chestnut – £129

If there are no links in this section then head to the John Lewis & Partners Oxford store at Westgate Shopping Centre, Oxford

 

OUTFIT TWO – Look 2

If you love the polo neck and the trousers but felt you prefer a more dress-down vibe, then opting for a biker jacket and trainers is a quick way to go. This blush pink leather tones in well with the burgundy trousers and the soft white of the ivory top. To enhance the waistline we’ve added the Kin Belt Bag.

John Lewis & Partners - AW19 Office Style

John Lewis & Partners – AW19 Office Style

 

Mint Velvet Fine Ribbed Buttoned Sleeve Knit, Ivory – £59

John Lewis & Partners Dionne Trousers, Burgundy – £59

Kin Sadi Belt Belg – £35

AllSaints Leather Balfern Biker Jacket, Rose Wood Pink – £318

 

Outfit Three

This final look features the Ted Baker coat I mentioned above –  I cannot recommend this coat enough! It comes in many colour-ways and I’ve owned mine nearly five years and it looks as good as the day I purchased it. It has a  gorgeous wool-blend feel to it and there has been no pilling or anything to worry about, I have it a light camel colour and it’s dry-cleaned without any problems. It’s certainly a 10/10 from me.

Wearing the Ted Baker coat here in the tan colour with these Reiss trousers and this gorgeous multicoloured long-sleeve top also from Reiss, a great brand to consider for office wear – it’s contemporary yet stylishly practical for the office.

This leather bag is part of the Smart Works collection – For every handbag bought, one is donated to Smart Works, a charity which dresses and coaches unemployed women for job success and which is supported by HRH The Duchess of Sussex, Meghan Markle.

 

John Lewis - AW19 Office Style

John Lewis – AW19 Office Style

 

Ted Baker Ellgenc Belted Wool Blend Coat, Tan – £339

John Lewis & Partners Smart Works Smart Set Leather Tote Bag, Black – £109 (no affiliate link)

Reiss Joanne Casual Straight Trousers, Rust – £95

Reiss Magda Abstract Feather Print Blouse, White – £175

Dune Elsie Lace Up Leather Trainers, White/Reptile, White/Reptile – £90

 

 

Lindsey Francis - Personal Stylist at John Lewis & Partners Oxford, Westgate Shopping Centre

Lindsey Francis – Personal Stylist at John Lewis & Partners Oxford, Westgate Shopping Centre

 

You can book in with the Stylist Team at John Lewis & Partners Oxford Store at Westgate Shopping Centre by calling The Experience Desk on 01865 268313

Want to know more about the type of sessions you can book in for? Simply take a read of the following blogposts!

 

 

2 Comments

  1. Tracey Johnston
    September 23, 2019 / 3:48 pm

    All very stylish. Love your colour palette. If we get our colours right , the cut right, the rest falls into place. Ket statement pieces is where I will spend extra money, because they last forever, never going out of style. Kids ya do much easier when we have our wardrobe sorted.

    • lovedbylizzi
      Author
      September 29, 2019 / 12:49 pm

      Thank you so much Tracey, and yes it’s important to invest in statement pieces – these you should be trying to wear as much as possible to get your cost per wear. Lizzi x

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