Perhaps it’s seeing the children go back to school after the summer holidays, but September definitely evokes a feeling of a new season and starting afresh.

We think it’s only fair that along with the crisp new uniforms that the schoolchildren are wearing, we also get to update our workwear wardrobe.

We were pleased to see the founder of Women Who and author of a book that we recently reviewed, The Little Black Book: A Toolkit for Working Women, Otegha Uwagba, sharing her style choices on the TOPSHOP website. She spoke to them about how the way you dress can affect your mind-set and how this in turn can influence your productivity and the importance of being comfortable in what you wear for work.

topshop - fashion, How to update your workwear wardrobe Otegha Uwagba,

“There are few things that influence your mind-set as much as your wardrobe choices – feeling comfortable and confident about your appearance translates to your attitude, and can definitely help you work better. As a writer and entrepreneur, I’m lucky enough to spend most of my time in more creative environments where dress codes are undeniably more relaxed, so for me ‘dressing for work’ is more about standing out than blending in. Like many women these days, the lines between my ‘professional’ wardrobe and my day-to-day wardrobe are pretty much non-existent.”

topshop - fashion, How to update your workwear wardrobe Otegha Uwagba,

“My main workwear rule is that whatever I’m wearing has to be supremely comfortable – constantly readjusting a too-tight skirt, or hobbling around in heels you can’t walk properly in is never a good look. If you’re constantly being reminded of what you’re wearing (for all the wrong reasons), that’s only going to steal your focus away from the task at hand, so when trying on clothes for the office imagine how you’ll feel after wearing them for a few hours. Personally, if I know I’m going to be running around town all day, I’ll stick to a pair of low mules or trainers – which as long as they’re crisp white, can look smart even in a fairly formal setting.”

topshop - fashion, How to update your workwear wardrobe Otegha Uwagba,

View the gallery below for some of her favourite picks.

 

topshop - fashion, How to update your workwear wardrobe Otegha Uwagba,Puff Sleeve Midi Dress £56.00  TOPSHOP

topshop - fashion, How to update your workwear wardrobe Otegha Uwagba,Corset Side Midi Dress £46.00 TOPSHOP

topshop - fashion, How to update your workwear wardrobe Otegha Uwagba,Pinstripe Tie Waist Jumpsuit £59.00 TOPSHOP

topshop - fashion, How to update your workwear wardrobe Otegha Uwagba,Stripe Crop Wide Trousers £39.00 TOPSHOP

topshop - fashion, How to update your workwear wardrobe Otegha Uwagba,Cropped Borg Jacket £79.00 TOPSHOP

topshop - fashion, How to update your workwear wardrobe Otegha Uwagba,Stripe Button Neck Shirt Dress £48.00 TOPSHOP

topshop - fashion, How to update your workwear wardrobe Otegha Uwagba,Fontana Double Lapel Blazer by Unique £285.00 TOPSHOP

topshop - fashion, How to update your workwear wardrobe Otegha Uwagba,Puff Sleeve Wrap Top Was £36.00 Now £20.00 TOPSHOP

topshop - fashion, How to update your workwear wardrobe Otegha Uwagba,Balloon sleeve stripe top Was £32.00 Now £22.00 TOPSHOP

topshop - fashion, How to update your workwear wardrobe Otegha Uwagba,Embroidered Floral Shirt Dress £42.00 TOPSHOP

Shop Otegha’s top picks here.

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