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It's back-to-school season for the kids and as the warm weather, Sunday BBQs and weekend getaways draw to an end, it's easy to get caught up in the back-to-work blues, too. One way to shake that feeling? Slip on a fresh new ensemble. If your office attire is one of those suit-and-tie scenarios, easy. But, navigating a more relaxed dress code whilst still looking sharp can be tricky. With that in mind, we’ve rustled up this nifty little flat lay so you can look the business in a casj but work-ready getup. Take a look...

Your back-to-work outfit, featuring a striped knitted jumper, an oxford shirt, Dickies chinos and Reebok Club C's |ASOS Style Feed

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With the unpredictable September climate, several weather-app checks before you leave the house in the morning is definitely advisable. If it’s looking on the chillier side, go with a staple, pinstriped shirt for a put-together base then layer a warming knit in autumnal colours over the top. If not, stick with a more lightweight, half-zip polo in a similarly seasonal shade. Dickies chinos are the ideal mediator between jeans and trousers, so – if you haven’t already – add a pair to your workwear wardrobe now.


The trick to striking the perfect smart-casj balance with your add-ons is by simply opting for more polished versions of your standard, day-to-day accessories. Take these shoes, for example. Whilst off-duty, we prefer our sneaks with a few well-worn scuffs, but work requires a clean colour aesthetic. So, these spotless Reebok Club Cs will walk the fine line between dress codes with ease. For an office-appropriate update on the average black rucksack, go for a minimalist boxy shape in a smart faux-leather fabric. And finally, complete the look with a pair of intelligent-looking specs. Job done.