Professional Trends | Stylish Workwear for 2016


9 to 5 style
Happy Tuesday, everyone!

Remember my chic Zara suit from last year? Well, I got a ton of great feedback from that post and we have vowed to touch on the working woman’s style a bit more here at Simply Shantel! According to the latest predictions from Vogue, 2016’s clothing trends are all about the sporty prep and ultra-feminine vibes—gingham, floral, nautical stripe, the colour pink, and daytime lingerie pieces were some of the runway trends found in the magazine’s report. Fortunately, these styles are easy to incorporate into the modern professional woman’s wardrobe.

We’ve compiled three conservative, yet stylish, ensembles that are perfect for the office next spring. They achieve trend-setting status without sacrificing authority through subtle details that focus on colours, prints, and fabrics, rather than the in-your-face approach often seen in fashion show productions. It’s never too early to begin gathering ideas, so let’s get to it!

Pink Blush

9 to 5 style

This beautiful, office-appropriate outfit combines classic elements while still adhering to the 2016 colour trend. Pantone recently released next year’s palette and rose quartz, similar to our ensemble’s monochrome look, is at the top of the list. Featured above is a floral print silk twill scarf from Valentino, the pink belted Curvato dress from Max Mara, and Saint Laurent’s Janis leather pumps. This soft pastel trio is feminine without being juvenile and would be an excellent closet staple. Warm it up with delicate gold jewelry and neutral accessories.

Gingham Check

gingham check

Here we have a more traditional professional look, but with a twist: Gingham Check shoes! According to Marie Claire, Victoria Beckham’s Spring 2016 fashion show focused heavily on the picnic pattern in a big and bold way, but we’ve made it easier for you to style by incorporating it in scaled down doses. Featured above is a beautiful fitted peplum blazer from Alexander McQueen, a pair of gingham check pumps from Erika Cavallini Semi Couture, and the pale grey Punto pencil skirt from Reiss. Silver-toned jewelry and black accessories would finish off this classic look nicely. Choose a handbag in Kelly Green, Fuchsia (One of my favorite colours), or Yellow for a fun splash of colour.

Floral Prints

floral prints

Perfect for those days when you’re feeling a bit more daring, we have this bold and beautiful ensemble that is sure to brighten your day. Fortunately, Lyst has everything you need to pull off the predicted floral trends of 2016, without looking like your grandmother’s curtains. And that includes these gorgeous heels reminiscent of an abstract tropical bird of paradise. The pops of colour in the trousers and shoes are balanced by the white shoe straps and airy cascading blouse. Featured above is the block-heeled leather sandal from Fendi (Seriously, I need these nowwwwwwww), the Yellow wide leg knit slacks from Cedric Charlier, and a flowing ruffle-front white silk blouse from Agnona that just exudes elegance, style and pure class. There’s no need for a necklace here as the blouse has more than enough detail, but you can incorporate a simple pair of earrings and an oversized clutch in either Black or White.

Now that you’ve had a chance to see spring 2016’s style predictions, you’ll have a head start on what to wear to the office this year! Don’t be afraid to include your own spin on what we’ve already shown you, just remember to gauge the level of trendiness based on your position (e.g. lawyer vs. creative director) and you should be well on your way to a stylish and professional new wardrobe. Remember, a trendy and stylish 9 to 5 style does not have to be dull and boring so let your light shine though!