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Fashion: Five on-trend staples that are perfect for work (or play)

Spruce up your office wardrobe with these versatile buys, says Katie Wright.

Left, JD Williams Double Breasted Check Blazer, £54 (was £60); Tapered Check Trousers, £45; right, Kitri Agnes Burgundy Satin Blouse, £125; Sergei Check Trousers, £85, available from Kitri

AS TAILORING moves into the mainstream, and the line between smart and casual clothes is increasingly blurred, workwear is more versatile than ever. Which is excellent news – because shopping is way more fun when it's for clothes you'll be wearing for weekend fun-times, and not just the daily grind.

Once considered office-only attire, blazers, blouses and checks are breaking into off-duty territory, so you can invest in these on-trend pieces and mix them into your existing wardrobe with ease.

What to wear to work now? These five staples will help you crack the modern nine-to-five code...

1. The bold blazer

The undisputed jacket of autumn/winter 2017, check blazers are trending massively. Whether you coordinate it with matching trousers, or rock it with a white tee and jeans, your heritage-inspired blazer should be straight-cut, slightly oversized, and with a general nicked-it-from-my-boyfriend vibe.

:: JD Williams Double Breasted Check Blazer, currently reduced to £54 from £60, and Tapered Check Trousers, £45 (shoes, stylist's own)

:: ASOS Bold Check Blazer, £55

2. The statement blouse

More languid than the classic cotton shirt, this season it's all about block-colour blouses in soft fabrics with beautiful detailing. Think ruffles, rouching and wrap fronts – anything that adds interest and elevates a simple blouse and trousers combo into something special.

:: Kitri Agnes Burgundy Satin Blouse, £65, and Sergei Check Trousers, £85 (shoes, stylist's own; kitristudio.com)

:: Lipsy Satin Knot Blouse, £40, Next

3. The high-waisted trousers

Crisp tuxedo pants will never go out of style, but for a 2018 update, it's all about the paper bag waist – high, ruffled and with a tie belt. In super-bright hues, these cropped styles are the ideal on/off duty separate, looking equally at home with the aforementioned statement blouse and blazer, or a chunky knit and pair of trainers.

:: Miss Selfridge Ochre Paper Bag Trousers, £35

:: F&F Red Crop Trousers, £16, Tesco (available April)

4. The check skirt

The miniskirt has made a major comeback of late, and while Instagram's favourite zip-up leather versions may not fly in your office, an understated check style probably will. Teamed with opaque tights, a fine gauge knit and ankle boots, this is your short-cut to 60s chic.

:: Miss Selfridge Dogtooth Checked Mini Skirt, £28

:: Tu Monochrome Check Printed Floral Border Skirt, £16, Sainsbury's

5. Shiny boots

There's also more than a whiff of the 60s about the season's coolest footwear. Dressy enough for the office but with a practical heel, they're perfect for pairing with any of your new-season separates.

:: Sosandar Burgundy Patent Leather Perspex Heel Ankle Boots, £95 (sosandar.com)

:: Jones Bootmaker Madalyn Boots, currently reduced to £69 from £99)

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