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The best Australian workwear labels now that you’re heading back to the office

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WORDS BY AMY FOCIC AND CAIT EMMA BURKE

Who says office wear or business attire can’t be stylish?

Dressing for actual, real-life office work after months (or years) of wearing activewear and stained hoodies during Zoom meetings has been a bit of a shock to the system. If you’re also struggling to put together outfits for your return to the office, you’re not alone.


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To help you out, we’ve put together a curated selection of our favourite work-appropriate Australian (and a few Kiwi) labels. The selection covers everything from tailored two-piece suits, colourful midi dresses, bold collars and denim coats, so whatever you prefer to wear to work, you’ll be covered.

Lois Hazel

 

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Lois Hazel’s garments are made ethically in Melbourne, so you can rest assured your workwear isn’t compromising your values. Pretty much the entire Lois Hazel range is ideal for work, with midi dresses, pants and blazers in versatile neutrals.

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Albus Lumen

 

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Complementing its collection of homewares and accessories, Albus Lumen’s clothing offering is sleek and timeless – what we all want for workwear that endures. The Mare Slim Tailored Pants in black, made from 100 per cent cotton, will stand the test of time.

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Krystal Deans

 

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For subversive outerwear and basics to layer in the cooler months, look no further than Krystal Deans. The Denim Coat in Indigo is a modern take on a traditional coat, made sustainably in-house in Melbourne.

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Penny Sage

 

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Want to inject a bit of colour into your work wardrobe? New Zealand label Penny Sage is here to the rescue. With plenty of tops, skirts and dresses in a rainbow of colours to choose from, dressing for work will no longer be boring. 

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Wynn Hamlyn

 

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Auckland label Wynn Hamlyn fuses classic and alternative silhouettes to create garments that lend themselves well to a workwear shake-up. Its collection of shirts, trousers and tops could easily be worn outside of the office, too.

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Jillian Boustred

With a sustainable and ethical ethos at its core, Jillian Boustred is the place to go for work-appropriate clothing that doesn’t harm the planet or people. May we suggest the Stevie Chunky Knit Jumper in Khaki? The perfect layering piece for when the office is just a little too chilly.

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Maggie Marilyn

A leader in the sustainable and ethical fashion space, New Zealand label Maggie Marilyn makes clothing that elevates work dressing into a luxurious experience. Its range of blazers make us want to wear a pantsuit every day, but they’d be ideal for pairing with jeans, too.

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Par Moi

 

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Feel like bringing a bit of the statement collar trend to work? Par Moi has got your back. Its collection of whimsical blouses (among other magical garments) are made-to-order from deadstock fabric in Melbourne. 

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Kowtow

 

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Iconic New Zealand slow fashion label Kowtow makes clothing that can shift easily between work and leisure. Boxy shapes in pops of colour and timeless neutrals mean there’s something for everyone going back to the office.

kowtowclothing.com

Blanca by Reliquia Collective

Can’t get enough of button-up shirts in endless colours? Blanca, by cult label Reliquia Collective, is your go-to for when you return to the office. In pastel candy stripes and contrasting brights, you’ll no doubt find a shirt for every day of the week.

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Marle

 

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New Zealand label Marle creates ethical and sustainable pieces that will endure for many years to come. Its floaty blouses, transeasonal knits and linen dresses would make a welcome addition to any work wardrobe.

marle.co.nz

E Nolan

 

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Spearheaded by designer and tailor Emily Nolan, E Nolan creates made-to-measure suits and ready-to-wear pieces that are created to last a lifetime. After all, as Emily believes, a well-made suit is a versatile item in anyone’s wardrobe.

enolan.com.au

Friends With Frank

Driven by the ethos of quality over quantity, Friends with Frank garments slot nicely into your selection of work-appropriate clothes. In a palette of classic neutrals, the brand’s outerwear collection is a luxe addition for the cooler months.

Arnsdorf

 

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Arnsdorf is accredited by Ethical Clothing Australia, plus the brand is a B Corp, so you know its pieces are considered and made to last. Arnsdorf doesn’t stop at clothing either – it makes belts and stocks bags and shoes by other slow fashion labels like Nelson Made.

arnsdorf.com.au

Scanlan Theodore

 

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Iconic Australian label Scanlan Theodore offers an elevated tailored capsule for your workwear needs. The brand’s collection, which includes a range of heels, spans muted tones and pastels – so go co-ord or colour block.

scanlantheodore.com

Looking to create a capsule work wardrobe? Try this.

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