By Lucy Bowen
Discover the key workwear pieces you need to make the right statement in any office...
Climbing the career ladder isn't just down to your presentations and interview skills. You also have to look the part to be taken seriously and give you gravitas in the office.
Managing to pull off a look that is office-appropriate and on-trend, comfortable yet smart, relaxed but shows you mean business is an art - and we're here to show you how to do it. So to make sure your workwear mirrors the strong and powerful woman within, we've picked SS16's must-have pieces that will help you to make a bold statement at work.
Upgrade your workwear wardrobe with stylish buys from the high street that will not only be boardroom-ready, but will inspire conversation and get you noticed for all the right reasons.
All-white might seem like a terrifying concept, but this trench coat is too good to miss. Incredibly versatile and perennially stylish, wear with all-white for a chic look or layer over your favourite summer dresses.
Feeling inspired? Click through for even more summer workwear ideas...
Silk shirt, £65, & Other Stories
This silk shirt is a key piece for any wardrobe at any season. It looks just as great with jeans as it does with wide leg trousers for in the office. Silk shirt, £65, & Other Stories
Pink jacket, £65, Next
Think suits have to be grey or black? Think again. Embrace summer with this pale pink suit jacket from Next. Invest in the trousers, too, and try something new in the office. Pink jacket, £65, Next
Loafers, £175, Russell & Bromley
Heels can be hard work - especially when you're wearing them 9-5! But there are plenty of office-approporiate options that won't leave you with blisters. Go for a tan loafer and treat your feet to some comfort. Loafers, £175, Russell & Bromley
Suede skirt, £110, Preen/EDITION at Debenhams
Suede has cemented its self as a key fabric for this season and next. Indulge in this khaki green skirt from Preen and show the office how to rock suede. Suede skirt, £110, Preen/EDITION at Debenhams
Dress, £99, Hobbs
This style dress should be a staple in any woman's wardrobe. Flattering for all shapes with its ¾ length sleeves and knee length design, the ruched midriff creates a wrap style, creating and emphasizing your waist and flattering a larger bust. Dress, £99, Hobbs
Trousers, £248, S Max Mara at Matches
Be playful with prints and colour for summer - these patterned palazzo trousers are comfortable and will certainly make a statement! Pair with a silk blouse and easy-to-wear sandals. Trousers, £248, S Max Mara at Matches
Suede bag, £25, Very.co.uk
This Chloe-esque bag from very.co.uk is the ultimate dupe for a fraction of the price. Fool everyone and make this your bag for the season ahead. Suede bag, £25, Very.co.uk
Tailored dress, £185, Reiss
A structured dress perfect for a busty figure. The v-neck flatters and the figure-hugging style will help to create an hourglass shape. Add a blazer over the top to finish the look. Tailored dress, £185, Reiss
Blouse, £35, Marks & Spencer
An alternative to a classic blouse, this sleeveless peplum top is great for creating curves. Pair with a simple pencil skirt and a court shoe and you?ve got a new twist on a classic look. Blouse, £35, Marks & Spencer
Shift dress, £16, George
The floral panelling on this shift dress gives the illusion of a slimmer waist and hips, making it perfect for pear shapes. Plus, this style has the added bonus of elongating a petite frame. Shift dress, £16, George
Blazer, £49, Damart
A blazer is great for smartening up any look, and this houndstooth-print style will instantly add an air of sophistication. Blazer, £49, Damart
Court shoes, £48, Dune
Nude shoes are great for any occasion; they elongate the leg and match any outfit seamlessly. These cross-strap courts add an edge to an otherwise simple pair of heels. Court shoes, £48, Dune
Dress, £59, Coast
Switch up your suits for something more summery, like this full-skirted dress from Coast. Blue looks great on everyone, but this dress will be especially flattering on those who want to show off their waist. Dress, £59, Coast
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