The increasingly blurred lines of professional dressing in 2017 can be tough to decipher. Figuring out what to wear to the office in an era when job descriptions and environments are becoming more unconventional, can be as elusive as understanding your newly brandished title. But here’s where COS fills the grey area gap.
Anchoring its new Fall/Winter 2017 collection on clean-cut classics, COS draws upon architectural lines and industrial references as inspiration. Hence the geometric drapes and rich textures, which are joined together with a modern twist — making for refined office attire that goes beyond pigeonholed professions.
Whether your workplace is freewheeling and anything-goes or leaning towards spruced-up suiting, these transitional selections from COS will do no wrong.
The power suit gets an unstructured update, pants are elongated and widened, silhouettes are relaxedly loose and often times cocooning into sculpted arches of skirts and dresses. Here, slouch is strictly the new order.
The soft tailoring alludes to menswear influences through voluminous proportions and sharp wide lapels on coats in burgundy and powdered blue. And thought-out details feature exaggerated cuffs and vents on jackets or shirts; and knife-like pleats on statement dresses.
Plush tactility, as per COS usual, is present — taking shape as streamlined fabrics and also technical materials in a nod to experimental contemporary art and design.
The hints of geometric shapes seen on the apparel extend to leather accessories comprising a shoulder bag, sling-ons, wedge-heeled and block-heeled shoes.
Likewise for the men, it’s a tailor’s dream made of non-transient staples that mean business. For important meetings, go tonal with a dark chestnut co-ord blazer and trousers. For the bluest of Mondays, tuck into the embracing softness of wool jumpers. And for days when you wake up on the right side of the bed, saunter in low-key dadcore (i.e.: tucked-in shirts and wide-legged trousers).
Not dissimilar to COS’ womenswear offering, the urban theme takes on a casual approach with oversized cuts. Coats are pared back with rounded shoulders, while drop-crotch pants are sleeked up in luxe fabrication.
In the accessory department is the male equivalent of the women’s minimalist range: Square-toe lace-ups, a structured leather tote bag and in other guises of outdoor accessories. Head-to-toe corporate dressing has never looked better.
COS Fall/Winter 2017 collection is available in stores from August 2017