Top fashion designers reveal what to wear when they return to the workplace

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In addition to many things, COVID-19 will also have a substantial effect, perhaps forever, on the way we dress.

Is the loungewear quality of lockdown “fashion”? Have “work clothes” disappeared forever?

As we prepare mentally and physically to leave the house and return to our office spaces, top designers reveal the essential wardrobe that will make dressing daily fun.

9-5: Fashion experts including Emily Smith, creative director of Lafayette 148, reveal what all women need to re-enter the workplace after the pandemic

9-5: Fashion experts including Emily Smith, creative director of Lafayette 148, reveal what all women need to re-enter the workplace after the pandemic

Rebecca Minkoff

While no one needed a bag during the shutdown, apparel and accessory designer Rebecca Minkoff says the one item all modern women need when they head back to the office this spring is an oversized bag.

Rebecca presents her Edie Maxi handbag.

‘The special thing about the Edie Maxi is that you can keep it casual with jeans and a cute top / jacket, or you can dress it up and wear a maxi with a chic cardigan,’ says the New York-based entrepreneur.

Since we’ve spent more (if not all) of our time at home over the past year, most of us have collected a loungewear wardrobe.

And now that your workplaces are more than a few feet from your living room, it’s time to reimagine those loose items for wearing them on the street.

“I think the key here is how to style your comfort,” Rebecca said. For example, we have a fantastic Janine sweatshirt that is cozy and chic.

‘It literally goes from couch to office or a zoom lens with just a great lip or pair of earrings!’

Julez Bryant

Jewelry can enhance the formality of any outfit – sweatpants included!

California-based jeweler Julez Bryant believes its MICA Chain is the one piece of jewelry that all modern professional women should own.

“It’s powerful and understated at the same time,” said Julez.

“It is one of the most comfortable necklaces I make and speaks volumes about a person without having to say,“ I have style and understand aesthetics. I am strong and feminine. ”

The choker with rectangular links can be worn as a necklace or as a double wrap bracelet, it can be layered with other necklaces or stand alone.

The made-to-order design is available in three sizes and comes in three gold colors (yellow, pink and white). It is versatile and can be worn from day to night.

“I made the piece to travel with you on all your adventures,” Julez recalled.

The pandemic has allowed women to link their lifestyles and dress for themselves, despite trends or dress codes.

According to the business owner, “being able to get up, shower, shine and out into the world, gives the wearer the feeling of being complete and the viewer also joy.”

Julez Bryant's MICA choker with rectangular links is versatile.  It can be worn as a necklace or a double wrap bracelet, it can be effortlessly layered with other necklaces or stand on its own

Julez Bryant's MICA choker with rectangular links is versatile.  It can be worn as a necklace or a double wrap bracelet, it can be effortlessly layered with other necklaces or stand on its own

Julez Bryant’s MICA choker with rectangular links is versatile. It can be worn as a necklace or a double wrap bracelet, it can be effortlessly layered with other necklaces or stand on its own

The agency

L’Agence Vice President, Tara Rudes Dann, considers the combination of jeans, blazer and blouse as a the ultimate post-pandemic look.

“Pair the perfect blazer with a great, soft printed blouse for the office, then put on a chic pair of heels and your most fabulous evening jewelry,” said the entrepreneur and mom.

While loungewear was worn in quarantine for the whole day, ‘we feel like our wife is tired of feeling comfortable and wants to be her best dressed herself’.

By the namesake

Moto jackets will never go out of style, but there’s a new outer layer at the top of the must-have list for boss babes everywhere and it’s in the form of a leather blazer.

By The Namesake is known for their collection of leather jackets named after women leaders throughout history.

Designer Rosa Halpern’s latest creation, the ‘Kamala’, is a nod to our first female vice president, Kamala Harris.

“It represents a fierce elegance and fashion take on the traditional blazer she wears impeccably,” said Rosa.

‘Being a classic silhouette and material, the blazer can add a bit of an edge when dressing or take looks that are more casual to the next level.

“It’s the ultimate badass power suit for any occasion.”

For work, Rosa prefers to pair the blazer with a vintage T-shirt in combination with silk lounge pants from her collection.

‘Lately I’ve been talking all about silk basics. Our Studio Essential set offers the comforts of working from home that we have become accustomed to, but looks professional and sophisticated. ‘

Veronica beard

The pandemic (like all great historical events) has changed everyone’s daily life and also their fashion choices.

New York-based sister-in-law Veronica Swanson Beard and Veronica Miele Beard created their eponymous label of classically-cool, versatile staples for the everyday woman.

While no one really knows how the pandemic will change fashion trends forever, the widespread return to streetwear could spark a renewed interest in getting dressed.

“We call the Dickey jacket the Wonder Woman cape because it’s the outfit game changer,” said Veronica Miele Beard.

“It can be worn in any setting and you can style your jacket to suit your daily runway, whether it’s to work or a weekend adventure.”

The Veronicas believe that modern professional women should never apologize for wanting to feel gorgeous, confident and look gorgeous.

“I live in jeans and a cool blouse or a white T-shirt during the day with the Nisha Boyfriend Jacket and Carah Woven Sandals,” Veronica Swanson told Beard.

“Add a dick to dress it up for the night.”

Lafayette 148

Emily Smith, creative director of Lafayette 148, believes that Lafayette blazers are the foundation of any wardrobe, regardless of a woman’s size or age.

This season their range consists of soft and deconstructed to structured and custom made.

“There’s just a breath of effortless luxury with our spring collection that feels right for our women and our iconic blazer is one that polishes up any look,” she said.

‘I think it’s natural for us to be influenced by the effortless uptown / downtown style of New York – I always like that mix of something chic with something casual, like our Eaton blazer with a pair of our Kind Cotton Authentic Denim Jeans for the office.

‘We focus on soft constructions in both ready-to-wear and footwear, more relaxed shapes and styles – but all still in beautiful, high-quality materials, so that whatever she puts on is good for her skin and feels luxurious.

“Our spring collection offers unlined jackets, paper-light leathers, soft suits and easy-care pants that go seamlessly from office to home.”

'Comfort is still key for us, as is the emphasis on versatility in our new way of living, working, going out, staying ... The world has changed forever, so it's about addressing its new needs in the language of our Lafayette aesthetic.  , 'shared Lafayette 148's Creative Director, Emily Smith

'Comfort is still key for us, as is the emphasis on versatility in our new way of living, working, going out, staying ... The world has changed forever, so it's about addressing its new needs in the language of our Lafayette aesthetic.  , 'shared Lafayette 148's Creative Director, Emily Smith

‘Comfort is still key for us, as is the emphasis on versatility in our new way of living, working, going out, staying … The world has changed forever, so it’s about addressing its new needs in the language of our Lafayette aesthetic. , ‘shared Lafayette 148’s Creative Director, Emily Smith

'Our spring collection features unlined jackets, paper-light leather, soft suits and easy-care trousers that go seamlessly from office to home'

'Our spring collection offers unlined jackets, paper-light leathers, soft suits and easy-care trousers that go seamlessly from office to home'

‘Our spring collection offers unlined jackets, paper-light leathers, soft suits and easy-care trousers that go seamlessly from office to home’

Loeffler Randall

“I feel like anything is possible these days,” says Jessie Randall, Founder and Chief Creative Officer at Loeffler Randall.

“Even sneakers can look really cool for work.”

The New York-based shoe designer who just opened her first brick-and-mortar store in SoHo believed that after more than a year of working from home and wearing comfortable shoes, it will become difficult for people to put on something that isn’t comfortable. .

‘I think we’ll see more dressy things that still have a comfort and convenience element – like polished mules for work or dinner that are easy to put on and also nicely made shoes that are inherently comfortable, like sneakers, ballerinas and clogs. ‘