Add To Cart: Get Workwear Ready With These Elevated Essentials

Versatile, timeless and fresh, with an emphasis on comfort.
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Whether you've enjoyed this extended period of working from home or not, it no longer our default mode. What we’re seeing now is a more flexible mode of working: up to 75 per cent of staff can return to the workplace at any one time, said Education Minister Mr Lawrence Wong at a virtual press conferenceas reported by The Straits Times. 

As we well know, figuring out a different outfit to wear each week can be quite the challenge, all the more when we are only beginning to rifle through our wardrobe when it has remained in the dust during this WFM period. 

And whether you’re working from home or at the office, what we are craving for today has an emphasis on comfort and classics.  Here, we've done the legwork for you and sussed out some of the most stylish modern and functional pieces to have you embrace dressing up from work ahead - whether it be in the office or at zoom meetings. 


Jackets are versatile pieces -- you’re able to style them in multiple outfits, and they make for the perfect layer piece while letting you stay warm under the AC. Plus, there's nothing quite like throwing a jacket on to make you look instantly put together. Elevate an ordinary blazer with a cinched waist from Brunello Cucinelli,  assymetrical elements with Anine Bing's wool-lined blazer, or in a bold colour, as with Salvatore Ferragamo's blue-lined suit jacket.


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A shirt dress makes for an appropriate and dressier office outfit, and are easier to style - simply pair them with a pair of pumps, or a blazer thrown over. For an elevated piece, try out the cutout tie-front cotton-voile shirt dress from Loewe, which adds a deconstructed spin on traditional shirting with mismatched half point, half winged collar and laddered cutouts across the chest and cuffs, or a relaxed striped dress with a cinched waist from Brunello Cucinelli. For a more relaxed work environment, go for the trendy, yet oh-so-comfy tan knit dress from By Malene Birger. 



White Top

A clean white top makes for an essential layering piece, and something you'll never tire of. Pair them with high rise tailoring, or jeans. For an elevated affair, pair a silk shirt from Brunello Cucinelli with culottes with fringes on the hemlines. Khaite's 'Vanina' blouse has flouncy ruffles at the cuffs and placket for  a romantic Victoriana feel. CO's Pleated-waist cotton-blend poplin blouse comes softly structured in lightweight cotton-blend poplin with a deep V neckline and cocooned shoulder profile.


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Midi Skirts 

Forget the classic black pencil skirts - these midi skirts come with a subversive, unstudied sensibility that pairs well with a classic white blouse and pumps.  Chloé's draped beige skort comes crafted in France from wool grain de poudre with waist ties and side pockets, then finished with concealed buttons. MM6 Maison Margiela's beige midi skirt, comes high-rise waisted with stitched voluminous side panels, whilst  Brunello Cucinelli's chameau pleated skirt comes with an emphasized waist and embroidery details.




A streamlined work outfit cannot be complete without the most important item - a perfect pair of pumps. Practical enough for prolonged wear (say goodbye to the era of teetering stilettos), yet formal enough for any corporate work environment, pumps are witnessing a renaissance in recent seasons and will have you looking smart and elegant, without compromising on comfort. Plus, a neutral shade pair of pumps, whether in off-white, brown or black, can go a long way, pairing well with any outfit. 




Most work bags tend to emphasise substance over style, but we believe bags can be both practical yet stylish. The best bags will support your busy schedule and make your life way easier. These days, designers are experimenting with silhouettes that give you more options, so you can switch up your look throughout your workweek. Whether you're looking to keep all your essentials safe, as with Bottega Veneta's leather tote, or more casual bags for dress-down fridays, as with Cult Gaia's Serena embellished textured-leather shoulder bag, there's a bag for you. 



For more elevated workwear classics, check out Brunello Cucinelli at


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