The best workwear brands to know in 2023

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A label which prides itself on creating uniforms for women on the go is contemporary Swedish brand Totême. The collections are filled with basics, but with a twist. Simple black cashmere knits sit alongside asymmetric shirts, linen suits and smart denim. If you’re looking for versatile pieces that still feel modern, Totême is a great destination.

Jil Sander


There are few designer brands better known for a minimalist approach than Jil Sander, which favours pared-back silhouettes and neutral hues. All beautifully well-made, the collections are filled with pieces that will enhance your office look, whether you are looking for a new wool coat, a chic skirt suit or a reliable button-up shirt.

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Gabriela Hearst


New York-based Gabriela Hearst is a name to know for clean lines and luxurious, feminine tailoring. The brand – which boasts a huge A-list following – champions sustainability in the luxury market and creates collections which are made for stylish working women. Stock up on wool-blend dresses, silk suits and cult handbags.

Max Mara


A house famed for its beautiful camel coats and world-renowned tailoring, there are few spots better to invest in a really great office wardrobe than Max Mara. Head to the Italian label for luxurious classics but also more unexpected hits like printed dresses or colourblock suits.

Low Classic


For capsule wardrobe pieces which are perfect for the office, but still have a modern feel, Low Classic is a name to have on your radar. The label, which hails from Seoul and was founded by Myoungsin Lee just a few years ago, has made a huge splash with its minimal and contemporary collections. Head here for chic belted blazers, wrap skirts, sharp shirts and flared trousers, all of which will elevate your back-to-work wardrobe effortlessly.

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If it’s a clean and timeless working wardrobe you are hoping to build, then you can’t do much better than Joseph. The brand is known for its classic pieces – there are plenty of camel coats, silk white shirts, as well as expertly tailored trousers and skirts in each collection. These are real investment pieces – you will be able to wear them for years without anything falling out of favour with the trends, which is exactly what you want when it comes to finding something to wear to the office.

Loulou Studio


High-quality but still affordable, Loulou Studio has long been a favourite when it comes to knitwear, but the brand doesn’t just do cosy well. Colourful blazers, smart denim, chic button-up shirts and beautiful coats now make up much of the French label’s collection, making it a great place to check out for versatile workwear.

Harris Tapper


New Zealand-based label Harris Tapper started out as a shirting brand, but soon branched out into more wardrobe essentials, and is a great name to know for building a workwear capsule.

“It’s a reimagining of the professional wardrobe in a way that makes it interchangeable with the customer’s personal wardrobe,” co-founder Harris Gould told us of the label’s aims. “This is something we see women wanting more and more.”

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Khaite certainly isn’t known for workwear alone, but the New York label is one of our favourite spots for beautifully made shirts, skirts, trousers, coats and knitwear. Head here for chic wardrobe additions that you’ll treasure for years to come.

The Row


If it’s super high-end but super simple you’re after, head to The Row, a label which has become synonymous with elegant basics that will remain in your wardrobe for decades. Invest in the brand’s beautiful cashmere, great-fitting separates, flowy dresses and offbeat luxury accessories.



Minimalist Scandi chic is always a good bet for the office, making Cos a great destination when it comes to updating your workwear wardrobe. From crisp white button-ups to navy pleated skirts and flattering shift dresses, you can’t go wrong with a surprisingly affordable update from the high-street store.

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Le 17 Septembre


A great name to know for staple pieces done extremely well is Korean label Le 17 Septembre, whose selection of sleek and simple pieces are winning over fashion editors worldwide for their excellent cuts and great quality. Check out the brand’s tailoring and beautiful coats, as well as the more relaxed knitwear co-ords.



New York Fashion Week favourite Tibi is a workwear-focused brand with a difference. Although you will find classic tailoring here, you should also expect more playful designs that mix modernity with femininity. From bright yellow blazers to striped poplin dresses and work-appropriate shorts, Tibi is an excellent destination for the most stylish working women.

Wales Bonner


When it comes to investing in workwear, it makes sense to prioritise great tailoring. For this, make sure to check out Grace Wales Bonner’s namesake brand, which has built itself up to become one of the most exciting labels to come out of London in recent years, known particularly for its unique take on classic tailored pieces.

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Acne Studios


Although workwear may not be what immediately comes to mind when you think of Swedish label Acne, the brand is actually an excellent port of call when you are looking to enhance your working wardrobe. We go here for relaxed tailored separates, beautiful coats and great knitwear.

Veronica Beard


Launched by two sisters-in-law (who both share the name Veronica Beard), this label has been seen on all of our favourite A-list workwear inspirations, including the Duchess of Sussex, Amal Clooney and Michelle Obama. Relaxed and effortless, the brand’s whole mantra is about creating your individual uniform with the collections, which are always made for women running around living busy lives.

Victoria Beckham


The former Spice Girl’s eponymous brand is filled with plenty of elegant eveningwear and some more casual pieces, but where it really excels is with its polished workwear. Embrace the designer’s pared-back aesthetic and fill your wardrobe with silk shirts, pleated skirts and excellent tailored coats.

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The concept of workwear is certainly evolving, especially as we spend less and less time in the office. This could mean that you’re after a more comfortable day-to-day working wardrobe but with a few really elevated pieces that you can wear for important occasions. If this is the case, we recommend checking out Aje, whose beautiful dresses, separates and suits will help make you the best-dressed woman in the boardroom.



Californian-based label Vince describes itself as “understated luxury”, putting emphasis on well-made but timeless designs. From cashmere sweaters to relaxed linen tailoring and great tops and shirts for layering, Vince is an excellent name to know when it comes to building a modern working wardrobe that you will be able to rely on for years to come.


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