Workwear wardrobes are some of the trickiest to fill with goods that you feel excited about. Just the very nature of the fact that you wear these clothes to the office on such a regular basis can deaden the impact of a shiny new purchase quite quickly. There's that and the fact that workwear brands have, for so long, been relatively uninspiring in the design department.
But over the past few years, the tides have been turning and new labels are popping up to cater to the high-fashion tastes of working women everywhere—whether you have a strict dress code to adhere to or you simply like to look as professional as possible in even a creative environment.
A particular set of names have cropped up recently—from the handbag brand that isn't punishing you for carrying around a laptop to the Spanish label with versatile separates in interesting colours—that I've been keeping on file to share with you. What's even better about these newcomers is that they're being favoured by those who even spend their lives permanently OOO: Influencers are choosing the sophisticated, boardroom-friendly wares, meaning there's plenty of potential for those once-droll workwear options to become exciting potential winners for the weekend. Keep reading to see our edit of the best new workwear brands.
Influencer Maria Bernad wearing a blouse from a brand she's just launched a capsule collection with: Bogdar.
Another Spanish label to have on your radar, Barcelona-based Bogdar is all about simple, sophisticated pieces. This brand creates "100% of its products in the founder’s family-owned facilities under a transparent and conscious policy" so you've got great design with a sustainable outlook to boot.
I mean, any jewellery brand could kind of be considered work-appropriate depending on your employer, but there's just something about this Swedish label that nails it. Minimalistic without being boring, these are the kind of subtle-but-effective pieces that will work week in, week out.
If you like your office attire to be directional, then this British duo's debut collection is going to tick every box you've ever thought of: warped shirting, enormous tie-waist pants and a breed of suiting no one could ever label as corporate.
Model and royal family member Lady Amelia Windsor with her London Velvet backpack.
If you've been searching and searching for a chic backpack that actually holds your laptop/general baggage without looking scruffy or anything less than your average designer choice, then we have got news for you, friend. London Velvet's handmade pieces (there are also clutches, purses and card holders) are crafted to perfection—functional, long-lasting and chic.
Alexis Foreman of Style Memos wearing a simple black Arket dress.
The most grown-up Scandi high-street store yet, Arket's focus on versatile, cool pieces stocked in various colours often means you can do one shop there and construct an entire capsule wardrobe. Their demure and sensible aesthetic seamlessly lends itself to workwear.
Monica Ainley wearing the eco-friendly #AdmiseNoFilter velvet suit she designed alongside her podcast partner, Camille Charrière.
Admise Paris is not only a great new office-friendly label to namecheck, it's also going to be one of this year's big French brands. Based on traditional tailoring, you can mix and match your perfect trouser suit together—combining different cuts, colours and fabrics should you want to. Personally (and greedily), I'd like one of the velvet styles that sit in the collab with Monica Ainley and Camille Charrière, as well as a classic black.
Alice and Hannah of Belle & Bunty carrying Aurora bags.
If you want to update your workweek bag selection but don't want to spend a fortune, Aurora is the answer. You'll find larger, more practical totes and the like on its site, but we're particularly into the metal-circle totes, as chosen by both Alice and Hannah of Belle & Bunty.