For many of us the holiday season is well and truly over. Despite the weather suggesting we should be at the beach rather than sitting behind a desk, the unfortunately reality is, many of us are stuck in an office. Rather than letting it get you down, the beginning of a new year is a great time to take stock up your wardrobe and work out what you should cull and what you can keep. Officewear has come a long way since plain, ill-fitting suits so it’s a great place to start when assessing your wardrobe. It’s important to invest in high-quality, classic pieces, which you can mix and match with fashion forward pieces to keep you looking up-to-date with the latest trends in the most economic of ways.

We have teamed up with David Jones to show you that officewear doesn’t need to be boring. This season it’s all about tailoring, strong silhouettes and mixing different textures and fabrications. Josh Goot and Dion Lee have mastered the art of creating beautiful suiting which won’t drown your figure. Be adventurous with fabrics, pair silks and cottons with unexpected materials such as neoprene and leather for a look, which you can easily take from the office to after-work drinks.

When it comes to dresses and skirts, strong silhouettes are the way to go. Work with your figure, not against it. Slimline pencil skirts with a peplum detail are great for those who want to create the illusion of hips. Those looking to emphasise their curves should go for a fit and flare silhouette. A thick statement belt is perfect for cinching in your waist and creating a more womanly shape.

When it comes to bags, keep the size to around A4, any bigger and you risk shoulder and back pain, and it becomes a burden when heading out on the town, and any smaller means you can’t fit anything other than your phone and wallet in. Rather than updating your look with an on-trend colour bag, opt for classic colours such a black and tan and invest in a design with quirky detailing such as bamboo handles, which will give your bag an edge but will still look great for years to come.


With shoes, you can’t go wrong with a classic pump. Tony Bianco offers a great range, from nude to black, patent to matt. Choose a pointed toe for a more conservative, corporate look, an almond toe can also work well and is great to wear out to Friday night drinks with a well-tailored dress.

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Lisa Teh

Lisa Teh is the Editor-in-chief of, one of Australia's top fashion, beauty and lifestyle resources. She has worked on campaigns with brands including David Jones, Myer, Mecca Cosmetica, Simone Perele, Lenovo and L'Oreal. She recently appeared in Couturing's exclusive Australian Fashion Week reality web series, The Frow, alongside top industry names including Toni Maticevski and Maybelline Creative Director Nigel Stanislaus.

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