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You really want two things from a work look. Firstly, it needs to be steezy enough to enjoy, considering the time you're gonna spend wearing it (sigh), and, secondly, it should be sensible enough to go from a chilled-out lunch break to a very important meeting with no more than a quick layer change. Thankfully, Scandi style exists and it's virtually perfect for 9-5 looks. Flattering cuts, neutral tones and pared-back prints all make for colleague-impressing ‘fits, so we’ve selected an outfit steeped in Scandinavian steez that ticks more boxes than your Monday morning to-do list
A picture of a back to work flatlay outfit. The look features a check trench coat, a white knitted jumper, chunky black trainers with monochrome check trousers and a cross-body bag. All available on ASOS.

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With both Lou Dalton and Oliver Spencer featuring classic checks in their SS19 collections, it's time to embrace the super-wearable, four-edged favourite once more. Trade in your over-branded puffer or trusty parka for this windowpane mac offering an up-to-date take on all-important climate control. Team with a plain white knit for both warmth and freshness in equal measure (careful with that morning coffee) then pair with smart check trousers, updated with utility-style details – another key trend for this year.


In terms of footwear, ditching the branding and bold colours can be a smart way of introducing trainers into your 9-5. Take this plain black pair complete with chunky-sole styling, ensuring you're not skimping on the trend points while nailing that office-appropriate dress code. Carrying on the minimalist vibes, complete your look with a simple cross-body bag styled in a commuter-friendly size. With just enough room for all your essentials, it's ideal for living the Scandi-style, less-is-more ethos.