Fab 5: The new workwear

Rebecca Tay presents five pieces suited to today’s new 9-to-5 wardrobe.

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Is everything back to normal? That’s the now boring, now redundant question we’ve all been asking ourselves for the last 18 months. Hopefully, at least in relation to your work life, your company/employer/inner boss has come to some sort of consensus on how to proceed.

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Whether it’s a return to the office or workplace, a totally remote situation, or a hybrid model, workwear rules have almost certainly changed. Rebecca Tay presents five pieces that, um, work for today’s new 9-to-5 wardrobe.


Gone are the days when a two or three piece suit was the hallmark of a good workwear wardrobe. These days it’s all about pieces that you can mix and match. that you can wear knowing you’ll look good in no time. Wear this ‘Hadrian’ top from British brand LF Markey. The dropped shoulder, front pockets, draped fit and geometric print give it an artful feel, while the slim sleeves and lightweight construction make it dressy enough for everything in your iCal.

new new, www.nouvellenouvelle.com | $188 ($156)

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If you’ve lived in sweatpants and the odd pair of boyfriend jeans, then these elasticated waist, wide-leg cropped pants will truly be the bee’s knees. Dressy enough to be worn with a nice blouse and ankle boots or pumps, they sit high on the waist with a relaxed fit, side seam pockets and a single back pocket. They’re made from Lyocell, a more sustainable fabric that’s as fluid and comfortable as possible, and they’re also available in black, which is even more sophisticated than this silver birch shade.

club monaco, clubmonaco.ca | $198.50


A great sweater dress can take you anywhere – from a fancy lunch with friends, a business meeting with your marketing or creative agency, to even dinner at your in-laws’ house – especially when it’s as sophisticated as Mara Hoffman’s ‘Samira’ style. Crafted from a soft and stretchy organic cotton blend, the wide rib fabric gives it a relaxed feel, while the V-neckline, sculpted sleeves, slightly flared skirt silhouette and mid-calf provide elegant accents that add a sophisticated finish.

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fetch renfrew, holtrenfrew.com | $675


Among other things, our mother always said that a collar instantly makes a top or dress more elegant, and we can only agree. This bright green cardigan with a cute little collar and a two-way zip from South Korean brand Amomento has a cool Gen Z vibe; We also love it for its no-fuss practicality.

One of the few, oneofafew.com | $258


We’re probably preaching to the choir when we talk about the benefits of an elasticated waist, but when it appears on a workwear-ready piece like this knit skirt, well, it’s just brilliant. Sharp, smart AND convenient? Yes, please.

oak + fort, ca.oakandfort.com | $68 ($54)

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