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A patterned shirt is always a worthwhile addition to your wardrobe but, for work, you’ll have to be careful not to choose something too informal. Vertical stripes, especially those in a wider version than the classic pinstripe, are a great go-to as they look smart but add a bit of panache to a plain suit. Even better is that they are bang on trend for 2018.



Mixing different hues of the same, mostly neutral colour, is also all over the catwalk for winter 2018. This is an easy trend to adapt to your work wardrobe. Simply choose items in the same colour palette such as a charcoal jacket over a light grey shirt paired with grey pants and you’re good to go. Tonal dressing works well with black, navy and beige, too, so mix and match existing items in your closet for an instant update with no outlay.



Checks are certainly in for womenswear, but men are also embracing the trend this year. The key is to choose a grown-up, monochrome version of plaid, gingham or houndstooth to add some interest to your day-to-day work clothes. Think a stylish coat, a touch of the trend in a tie or a tailored shirt – not an entire suit with a clashing shirt. Keeping this look professional depends on keeping the checks, in, well, check.



Every season has its fashionable colour palette and choosing an item or two in the hottest hue is a simple way to update your wardrobe. For winter 2018, burnt orange is a great, grown-up choice to add some spice to your outfit and it plays nicely with the staples of grey, black, navy and white. Green should also be a go-to this year with a washed-out army-inspired hue the best option for work while Burgundy is also having a moment. If you are really ready to embrace fashion, adding some mustard is the best way to say you are in the sartorial loop this year. Keep it pared-back with a tie, jacket or jersey in this bold colour.



A chunky knit in a V-neck style is the prime choice in winter woolies this year. A cable-knit or one inspired by your glory days on the first cricket team are both on-trend selections. Wear your v-neck over a tailored shirt, with or without a tie or under a suit to keep you both warm and stylish as the temperatures turn.



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