Fashion

Workwear to invest in for the new normal

By Josefin Forsberg

July 24, 2021

Beige suit perfect for workBeige suit perfect for work

Photo: Getty

As we return to the office, there’s no need to sacrifice comfort for style

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The disparate offerings from the FW21 runways make up a sartorial landscape of highs and lows, from the tiniest miniskirts and flimsiest dresses in lamé and sequins to the unfussy ease of low slung wide-legged jeans. The contrasting clothing options we have at hand is a coping mechanism; a means to decipher the coming post-pandemic era of dressing.

One of the areas most diluted with disarray is office wear. For almost two years, we've traded our dressy casuals for sweats and a nice top, slowly suffering from the ever-growing zoom fatigue. Having worn the same rotation of fuzzy socks, leggings, hoodies, and sweaters, getting dressed for any event more exciting than the virtual after-work drinks has the majority of us dazed and confused. But, fear not, Vogue Scandinavia has scoured the upcoming sartorial season. And the consensus? Comfort is key. Below you will find our guide to the workwear you need in the new normal.

Suit and hoodie as seen on Xenia Adonts

Xenia Adonts on the streets of Paris. Photo: Getty

Suit up

Including suits in an article for workwear is about as groundbreaking as florals for spring, but this season’s tailoring takes on a new era of contradictory styling. Instead of wearing full office regalia, we layer our most voluminous suits with our most informal attire. Think slinky sleepwear slips paired with loafers and tweed, a swaddling of sweatshirt underneath a sharp shouldered suit, or perfectly tailored trouser topped off with trainers. It is safe to say that high-low dressing is here to stay.


Suit up

Balenciaga hoodie
Distressed printed cotton-jersey hoodie

Balenciaga

SHOP NOWEUR 725
Acne Studio Oversized woven blazer
Oversized woven blazer

Acne Studio

SHOP NOWEUR 670
Acne Studios Woven straight-leg pants
Woven straight-leg pants

Acne Studios

SHOP NOWEUR 370
Acne Studios Oversized appliquéd cotton-jersey sweatshirt
Oversized appliquéd cotton-jersey sweatshirt

Acne Studios

SHOP NOWEUR 270
Axel Arigato sneakers
Genesis Vintage Runner

Axel Arigato

SHOP NOWEUR 180
Chloé full knit look

Chloé Autumn / Winter 2021. Photo: Vogue Runway

Total knit

One of the noteworthy trends of the season is top to toe knits. Find comfort in long-sleeved maxi dresses – reminiscent of wearable high-fashion blankets – or two-piece sets easy to mix and match. Top of the look with heavy knee-high leather boots to give the soft material an edge, or throw on a pair of strappy sandals to elevate the casual classic. We promise, wearing a knit cover-all is as evocative of working from the couch as we can get when returning to the office.


Total knit

Holzweiler Niste pointelle-knit cotton sweater
Niste pointelle-knit cotton sweater

Holzweiler

SHOP NOWEUR 145
HOLZWEILER Thiril pointelle-knit cotton pants
Thiril pointelle-knit cotton pants

Holzweiler

SHOP NOWEUR 185
Extreme Cashmere Mélange cashmere-blend maxi dress
Mélange cashmere-blend maxi dress

Extreme Cashmere

SHOP NOWEUR 600
By Malene Birger Cicuta ribbed-knit sweater
Cicuta ribbed-knit sweater

By Malene Birger

SHOP NOWEUR 250
Catua ribbed-knit shorts

By Malene Birger

SHOP NOWEUR 205
Sportmax Autumn 2021

Sportmax Autumn 2021. Photo: Vogue Runway

Long sleeved looks

As we emerge from our cocoons and reenter society, there are some aspects of pandemic dressing we plan to keep in our closets. The comfort of oversized silhouettes – clutching billowing fabrics close to our bodies – is best brandished at the office in the form of spacious shirts with stretched out sleeves. On the runways, Acne studios offered knits extending far beyond fingertips, Fendi saw satin sleeves stretch halfway down the thigh, and at Sportmax, starched cuffs in crisp cotton exploded from suit-sleeves to hide the models’ hands.


Long sleeved looks

The Row over sized shirt
Luka oversized cotton-poplin shirt

The Row

SHOP NOWEUR 1040
Bottega Veneta Ribbed silk shirt
Ribbed silk shirt

Bottega Veneta

SHOP NOWEUR 1230
Rick Owens Banana layered ribbed-knit tunic
Banana layered ribbed-knit tunic

Rick Owens

SHOP NOWEUR 430
Petar Petrov Aeyrin shirred silk-chiffon top
Aeyrin shirred silk-chiffon top

Petar Petrov

SHOP NOWEUR 1570
TOTÊME Wool-blend sweater
Wool-blend sweater

Totéme

SHOP NOWEUR 510
Preen by Thornton Bregazzi AW21 head scarf

Preen by Thornton Bregazzi Autumn 2021. Photo: Vogue Runway

Hidden roots

A bad Zoom connection and good lighting is a blessing in disguise for those of us who lived our lives through our laptops and fully embraced second-day hair during the pandemic. Unfortunately, our return to the office shines a harsh spotlight on our new habit of a twice-weekly hair washing, which – although great for our follicles – leave our roots looking less than luscious. Enter the pièce de la résistance for the laziest among us; the hair scarf. With equal parts old Hollywood glamour and Gucci-girl cool, this accessory was made for the bad hair days to come.


Hidden roots

Arket square silk scarf
Square Silk Scarf

Arket

SHOP NOWEUR 45
AZ Factory silk scarf
Pijama The Kiss printed silk-twill scarf

AZ Factory

SHOP NOWEUR 170
Gucci pink silk scarf
Printed silk-twill scarf

Gucci

SHOP NOWEUR 375
Burberry scarf
Printed silk-twill scarf

Burberry

SHOP NOWEUR 350
ISABEL MARANT Floral-print silk scarf
Floral-print silk scarf

Isabel Marant

SHOP NOWEUR 180




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