SoSensational – Working the season’s trends…for a 9-to-5

Do you ever read about the season’s trends and think to yourself, “Fabulous, but not suitable for business.” At SoSensational we totally get that not all trends work for business life, but on the other hand, failing to incorporate at least a few trends into your working wardrobe can leave you frozen in a bygone era, which is not good for anyone’s image.

So, here is a quick rundown of S/S16’s key trends, with some pointers to adapting them to a business environment.

Key trends for S/S16 include: pleats; luxe trainers; the cold shoulder; orange; piecrust frills; and stripes.

For the upcoming season, pleats are the very fine kind, sometimes called sunray or concertina. A pleated skirt in a neutral colour could easily be inserted into a working wardrobe, teamed with a tailored blazer and a simple top. To keep this look on trend, style it for work (or, for that matter, for off-duty wear) with flat shoes, such as dark plimsolls or brogues.

Luxe trainers translate as trainers in gold, silver or other metallics or in multi-coloured leather. This is one trend to leave for weekends. However, a pair of plain trainers in black or another neutral shade, looks great with ankle-grazer trousers or a midi or maxi and is a cool nod to this trend.

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The Cold Shoulder arrived in winter and was an instant hit in oversized jumpers with cut-outs at the shoulders. The Cold Shoulder is back for S/S16 as a lightweight top or tee. At SoSensational we feel a Cold Shoulder can work in an office or business environment if it stays hidden under a tailored blazer. That makes a Cold Shoulder top a good investment: wear it under a jacket for work and bare those shoulders for off-duty wear.

Orange has been an important fashion colour for several seasons and is S/S16’s most on-trend bright. But orange is not a shade which flatters everyone, nor is head-to-toe orange entirely suited to a business environment, any more than fuchsia- pink or baby-blue would be. So, demonstrate your fashion savvy by wearing orange as an accent shade – a top or blouse in orange worn with neutral jacket-and-skirt/trousers combo OR as a bold accessory (bag, shoes, statement necklace or scarf).

Piecrust frills turned up everywhere as the tail-end of the 1970s trend. If you like frills go for it; tuck a frilled blouse under a blazer or jacket. If you hate frills, this is one trend you can afford to ignore. Stripes are again strong for S/S16. Most of the stripes on the catwalks were bold. But stripes easily adapt to a work environment. A striped shirt in pastel or dark tones can work under a blazer while a monochrome striped dress or skirt worn with a plain blazer or dark coatigan, makes a strong S/S statement and is perfect for business wear.

Written by Jan & Cyndy


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