15 best work clothing brands, 2021

Finding work clothing brands that are both affordable and, well, stylish, ain’t always easy. Of course, it goes without saying that we all have our favourite brands that we gravitate to for regular day-to-day items and going out clothes, but shopping for work outfits can be a little trickier.

Why? Because they often need a certain level of formality and ~professionalism~ about them. We’re talking: collared shirts, tailored jackets, sleek midi skirts – you get the vibe. But just because your office (likely) has a dress code, that doesn’t mean that shopping for 9-5 clothing has to be a total snooze-fest. On the contrary, some of my favourite fashion pieces were originally bought for work and have now transitioned into my smart-casual weekend wardrobe.

So, with more of us set to return to the office in the coming weeks/months, we’ve round up our 15 best brands to shop for work clothing in 2021.

1. & Other Stories

Stories is a mainstay high street label for quality, chic work clothing, especially if you’re looking for tailored separates and co-ords, smart jumpers and fancy midi dresses. Sure, the prices are a little higher but, speaking from experience, my Stories pieces have stood the test of time both in terms of quality and timeless silhouettes.

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Puff sleeve midi dress

& Other Stories
stories.com.uk

£85.00

Oversized wool blazer

& Other Stories
stories.com.uk

£165.00

2. Mango

If you’re after bang for your buck from your work clothing, you really should check out Mango and its recently extended curve offering. Why? Because their pieces are the perfect balance of smart casual and effortless cool which means that, regardless of whether you buy a co-ord, blazer, dress or bag, you’re bound to want to wear it outside of work hours too.

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3. Whistles

For those who subscribe to the ‘less is more’ wardrobe mantra, Whistles is a strong shout. The price tag of certain pieces might be slightly higher than other high street faves but the brand’s offering of fuss-free contemporary options makes it a no-brainer for premium workwear.

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Leather A-line skirt

Whistles
whistles.com

£170.00

Rowan irregular spot dress

Whistles
whistles.com

£129.00

4. Simply Be

Simply Be is committed to providing fashionable and on-trend clothing for women with curves and they do exactly that. Check ’em out for incred midi dresses, very wearable blouses and smart trousers.

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Mono spot shirred chiffon tiered midi dress

Simply Be
simplybe.co.uk

£39.00

Pink animal print dipped back viscose shirt

Simply Be
simplybe.co.uk

£19.00

Pure linen printed belted midi shirt dress

Jaeger
marksandspencer.com

£135.00

Organic cotton collared long sleeve shirt

Selected Femme
marksandspencer.com

£50.00

6. COS

For those of you who haven’t heard of COS, it’s pretty much the older sister of H&M, with slightly more relaxed, grown-up styles in muted colour palettes and subtle prints.

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Zip-up knitted vest

COS
cosstores.com

£55.00

Midi Tube Dress

COS
cosstores.com

£180.00

7. Everlane

If there’s one thing Everlane does exceptionally well, it’s modern basics. Known for prioritising long-lasting staples over ‘here one day, gone the next’ trend pieces, the sustainability-minded brand is all about buying less but making it last longer.

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The day glove – caramel

everlane, £108
everlane.com

The straight leg crop – golden brown

everlane, £43
everlane.com

8. Very

Very is another one to add to your list, with a wide range of quality, versatile classics that’ll serve you well season after season. Their best offerings? Cool midis and super wearable but smart trousers.

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Classic linen blend long sleeve shirt – navy

V by Very
very.co.uk

£15.00

Pique short sleeve utility shirt midi dress – khaki

V by Very Curve
very.co.uk

£35.00

9. H&M

H&M is another high street favourite for trendy It-pieces that will instantly elevate your standard Mon-Fri ‘fits. Brimming with choices in a slew of different styles and colour palettes, H&M also has designer-inspired items available at a fraction of the price.

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10. Ted Baker

As a quintessentially British brand, Ted Baker has outfit options for every weather condition, ranging from flowy summer dresses to fun jumpers and cosy wool coats. Oh, and their smart trainers are also the kind you’ll get away with in the office.

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Hollz printed mesh top

Ted Baker
tedbaker.com

£55.00

Xanniad collared shirt dress

Ted Baker
tedbaker.com

£235.00

11. ASOS

ASOS has a seemingly endless supply of everyday fashion styles to shop, but did you know that the E-tailer also has a decent workwear offering too? From zesty suits to relaxed collared shirts and playful maxis – there’s something for everyone, especially thanks to the site’s fab Curve, Petite and Tall ranges.

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Jersey single breasted suit blazer in sage

Asos Curve
asos.com

£25.00

12. Oliver Bonas

If your office aesthetic consists of preppy, comfy pieces in fun prints, Oliver Bonas might just be your go-to work clothing brand. We’re talking: sweet blouses, oh-so-wearable midis and eye-catching accessories.

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Brushed animal print green & black midi dress

Oliver Bonas
oliverbonas.com

£75.00

Floral print & scallop edge black blouse

Oliver Bonas
oliverbonas.com

£49.50

13. Jigsaw

It goes without saying that Jigsaw does loads of fashion staples well. But, an honourable mention needs to go to their outerwear offering, with mega lush coats to boot. Having said that, Jigsaw is a real all-rounder whatever you’re looking for – trousers, blouses, midi dresses and even bags.

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Cotton boucle ember coat

Jigsaw
jigsaw-online.com

£230.00

Relaxed pleat front trouser

Jigsaw
jigsaw-online.com

£99.00

14. Zara

If you like to ensure that your work wardrobe looks up to date with the latest trends, chances are you’re already well-acquainted with Zara. Runway-inspired styles are the order of the day and, you really can’t go wrong looking for formal dinner and fancy daytime staples here.

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Midi dress with cut out detail

15. Studio 8 by Phase Eight

Studio 8’s premium curve selection (up to size 26) is one to bookmark, like, stat. Their extensive blouse and stylish dress ranges are perfect for desk-to-bar vibes.

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Sadie printed swing dress

Phase Eight
phase-eight.com

£99.00

Trinity linen jumpsuit

Phase Eight
phase-eight.com

£110.00

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