Summer holidays are over, an autumn chill is in the air and the sound of leaves crunching underfoot echoes in the near distance... It’s official, it’s time to go back to work.
We’re here to make sure you’ve got everything you need to get back to business with a bang!
Stretchy waistbands, we’ve had a good run! But with the Zoom era coming to end as offices reopen, we’re having to think about waist-down office wear once again.
Luckily, there are plenty of AW20 runway trends to get you excited about rebooting your workwear wardrobe. After what feels like an eternity in loungewear, the message is loud and clear: ‘all out’ is in!
Power dressing was big news on the runways and there are loads of fun ways to tap into the trend. Shop wide-leg tuxedo trousers, shoulder-detail blouses, oversized lapels, boxy blazers and maybe even a slight shoulder pad or two...
Brave a statement two piece, or mix and match separates that can cycle through your wardrobe all season long (choose a belted blazer for extra fashion points!).
Men’s AW20 is all about checks, checks and more checks. From houndstooth to tartan, we want to see ‘em on blazers, shirts, trousers, coats... or all of the above.
And finally, the humble corduroy makes a play for chinos’ position as the go-to trousers for more relaxed work wardrobes.
Lewisham shopping is home to some of your favourite highstreet brands, including H&M (pictured L), Next (pictured bottom & R) and M&S, as well as Westside – stocking premium brands such as Prada – and Circle Collective selling indie labels, including Cheap Monday.
Nothing spells the beginning of autumn like the promise of a new winter coat. It’s the one item you’re going to wear every day, so it’s important to choose one that makes you look and feel amazing!
Leather and shearling are the statement coats of the season, while classic designs like the overcoat, trench, pea and belted wraparounds never go out of style and make a timeless addition to your wardrobe.
If tackling the elements on your morning commute is the priority, you can find a range of technical outerwear including premium brands like The North Face at JD Sports (pictured L).
Though it might not be too chilly yet, it’s a good idea to shop ahead of time for scarfs, hats and gloves so you’re prepared for that first morning frost. Or if you’ve been itching to try the beret trend, now is the perfect time!
It’s time to ditch the unkempt, quarantine chic look many of us have been rocking the past few months, which means a trip to the barbers or hair salon is a MUST. For a fresh do, Rush and Supercuts have got you covered.
Whether you’re a BB cream babe or contour queen, the turn of the season is a great excuse to refresh your makeup collection. Swap bronzer for a rosy-cheeked blush and sweep autumnal hues like warm copper, chocolate and bronze across eyelids for a pared-back, office-ready smokey eye.
Take newly established lockdown beards from scruffy to sculpted with a made-to-measure trifecta of beard oil, wax and grooming tools.
Boots (pictured L) is your one-stop shop for beauty and grooming – from luxury brands to high street heroes.
And if you’ve been reaching for a lighter, citrus-based perfume or cologne through summer, it’s time to embrace warmer, more complex fragrances. Explore woody cedar or tobacco-based scents, with notes of cinnamon, vanilla or patchouli. Sample new and classic frangrances to your heart’s content The Fragrance Shop and The Perfume Shop (pictured R), or you can ask the team in store for help finding the perfect scent for you.
While you’re at it, make sure you’re stocked up on naturally sourced, cruelty-free bath and beauty treats from The Body Shop to help you unwind after a hard day’s work!
It’s the little things that make a big difference when it comes to acing your work day. Whether that’s a dedicated laptop sleeve in your handbag or backpack, a new watch or a lightweight-but-sturdy brolly that won’t turn inside out at the slightest breeze.
If you’ve mastered your barista skills at home over the past few months, a reusable thermos will let you sip on your favourite hot drink anywhere and help keep the planet – and your bank balance – healthy!
When it comes to keeping organised, Flying Tiger Copenhagen (pictured L) is packed to the brim with mood-elevating, bright and bold stationery and desk accessories, including mid-year diaries, weekly planners, organisers and notebooks. Or for something more sleek, WHSmith is stocking the new writing range from HUGO BOSS (pictured top).