Jenny Wood is an award-winning journalist with over 18 years' experience writing for national magazines, newspapers and websites on everything from interiors and shopping to health and happiness.
Our new season guide to go-with-anything pieces that work as hard as you do.
Hands up who has hours to get ready every morning? No, us neither. That's why the best workwear is stylish yet simple – clothes you can just throw on and know you look the business, minimum effort required. From crease-free trousers and skirts that make you feel comfortable yet confident, to shoes you can actually walk in, here's our guide to the staples you'll love this season…
Simple White Shirt £32.00
A plain white shirt goes with everything, can be dressed up or down with accessories, and can be layered under dresses, jumpers, jumpsuits or jackets. The smaller collar, subtle bib detail and tie-cuffs give this one a little bit of a twist.
• I'll be investing in some wide-legged trousers this autumn, as they help balance out curvy thighs and work well with both heels and flats.
• Statement necklaces add personality to your outfit and can transform a plain work jumper or blouse. This season, look out for letters and initials, oversized pearls and anything gold.
• Roomy totes and shopper bags are always on-trend, which is good news for those of us who can't run in heels. Stash your work shoes inside and walk to work in trainers instead!
"I'll be investing in some wide-legged trousers this autumn"
Smart Trainers £32.00
Trainers are no longer just for weekends. This beautiful wine-coloured pair are smart enough for the office, yet they're fun too, with zips and glitter detailing.
Cross-body Bag £36.00
This bag is like the Tardis – roomy enough for essentials, yet small enough to still look smart. There’s plenty of handy pockets, while the cross-body strap leaves your hands free to deal with your coffee/children.
Versatile Skirt £40.00
Comfy yet on-trend, these pleats are flattering whatever size or shape you are, while the neutral grey will look great with almost any coloured top. The asymmetrical hem adds a bit of an edge, too.
Chic Cover-up £80.00
This coat gets the balance right between staying warm and looking stylish. In easy-to-wear pale grey, it's a flattering length with quirky details such as chunky knit sleeves and buckled pockets.