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Street Stylin’: The workwear edition

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Picking what you wear to work can be a daily battle, so we decided to look no further than our own office to suss out our colleagues’ secrets to a winning corporate style…


Hayley O’Neill, fashion editor. Wears: H & M top, Portmans jeans, Cotton On boots, Sportsgirl hat. “I love playing with textures when dressing in winter for work. I call this my ‘Yeti’ jacket, it’s definitely a statement piece this season and I bought it at the markets for a bargain price of $40. When I spend my day meeting with clients, I need to look professional and fashionable. Especially when you tell someone you are a fashion editor, they instantly judge your outfit and by looking chic everyday I never have to worry.”


Laura Edwards, senior journalist and communications manager. Wears: Portmans knit and trench coat, Witchery jeans, Sportsgirl sunglasses and Nine West boots. “I just dyed my hair a bit darker so feel like I need a pop of colour injected into my outfit, so this blue trench is perfect for that. I’m loving Portmans for workwear this season – my knit and coat are both from there. When it comes to work, I’m a bit of a pull-on-whatever’s-clean kind of girl as I don’t function well in the mornings but my staple is to add boots and a scarf – I think they can make any outfit look chic and pulled together.”


Matt Tindale, graphic designer. Wears: G-Star coat, Saba knit. “I guess I would describe my corporate style as pretty professional but quirky. I dress in shirts, slacks and nice coats; I’m never one to wear a suit. I don’t tend to think much about what I wear, my style is not really a conscious thing – I’m more of a get dressed in the dark kind of guy.”


Javier Steel, creative director. Wears: Alpha60, top, Cue pants, Chloe sunglasses, Glomesh bag, gloves from Harrods in London. “I don’t like fussy clothes for work, I like clean tailoring with a masculine twist, so I’ll choose simple colour palettes with great fabric, and try to buy local when I can. When I buy things, I choose quality over quantity; I hate it when my clothes wear out. My advice is to have a few key pieces in your wardrobe that will last forever, rather than relying on disposal fashion.”


Beatrice Smith, feature writer. Wears: Country Road shirt and pants, Sportsgirl hat. “My work style is quite pared back but colourful. I take a while to figure out what I’m wearing each day. I once read an article about this women who spent way too long getting ready for work so she vowed to wear a uniform of white shirt and black pants everyday to save time. I’d love to do that one day! A white shirt always gives a clean, crisp look.”

Photos by Hayley O’Neill, words by Laura Edwards.

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