Fab 5: The new work clothes

Rebecca Tay presents five pieces that suit today’s new 9 to 5 wardrobe.

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Are things back to normal? This is the now boring and redundant question we’ve all been asking ourselves for the past 18 months, so hopefully, at least as far as your professional life is concerned, your company/employer/inner boss has come to some kind of consensus on the way forward.

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Whether it’s a return to the office or back to work, a completely remote situation or a hybrid model, the rules regarding workwear have almost certainly changed. Rebecca Tay showcases five pieces that, uh, 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 separates that you can mix and match; that you can slip on and know you’ll instantly look the part. Step into this ‘Hadrian’ top from British label LF Markey. Its dropped shoulder, front pockets, draped fit and geometric print give it an artful look, while the slim sleeves and lightweight construction make it dressy enough for anything in your iCal.

New News, newnews.com | $188 ($156)


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 knees of the bee. Dressy enough to wear with a pretty blouse and ankle boots or pumps, it sits high on the waist, with a relaxed fit, side seam pockets and a single back pocket. It’s made from lyocell, a fabric that’s as durable, flowy and comfortable as possible, and also comes in black, which is even dressier than that “silver birch” hue.

monegasque club, clubmonaco.ca | $198.50


A great sweater dress will take you really far – to a chic lunch with friends, a business meeting with your marketing or creative agency, or even a dinner party with the in-laws – especially when it’s as chic as this Mara Hoffman “Samira” style. Crafted from a soft and stretchy organic cotton blend, the wide ribbing gives it a relaxed feel, while the v-neckline, sculpted sleeves, slightly flared skirt silhouette and mid-calf length are highlights. elegant touches that provide a refined finish.

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Holt Renfrew, holtrenfrew.com | $675


Among other pearls of wisdom, our mom always said that a collar made a top or dress instantly more refined, and we couldn’t agree more. This lime green cardigan with a cute little collar and a two-way zipper from South Korean brand Amomento has a cool, Gen Z vibe; we also love it for its practicality without fuss.

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 shows up on a workwear-appropriate piece like this knit skirt, well, it’s just plain awesome. Sharp, smart AND comfortable? Yes please.

Oak + Strong, ca.oakandfort.com | $68 ($54)

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