Perk up your nine-to-five look for the new year with these great additions
There's no better time than January to refresh your workwear wardrobe, says Katie Wright
A new year may bring with it that back-to-school feeling - but just a few carefully chosen updates will get you in gear for the year ahead.
Plus, with the spring collections starting to land in stores, it's also time to dip your toe in next season's trends, with transitional pieces inspired by the SS20 catwalks.
Here are three easy ways to brighten up your nine-to-five style for the new year...
1. The boxy blazer
There was a new kind of power dressing evident on the SS20 catwalks, with designers like Proenza Schouler, Chloe and JW Anderson making the case for tailoring that combines strong shoulders with a slouchy silhouette.
Soft hues like ivory and beige were popular, but we also saw flashes of citrus brights - orange is going to be everywhere come spring.
2. Lighter leather
After a strong showing for AW19, leather continues to dominate on the designer front, but for spring it's all about lighter and brighter shades.
You may not want to go as far as the lemon-yellow or tangerine jackets seen at Emilia Wickstead or Bottega Veneta, but why not try a buttery soft midi skirt or add a flash of colour with a cross-body bag?
3. Muted knitwear
There was a real Nineties feel to many of the SS20 colour palettes too, especially when it came to knitwear, with pale shades and minimalist cuts on show at Helmut Lang and Prada.
While the wintry weather calls for cosy jumpers, swap the usual dark autumnal hues for beige, oatmeal or dove grey, adding lightness to your office attire.