Working 9 to 5:

Why we’re obsessed with leading the workwear revolution

Working 9 to 5:

Why we’re obsessed with leading the workwear revolution

The Workwear Revolution

When journalist Kirsty Wark chose to wear a pair of ME+EM side stripe trousers to present Newsnight in April last year, the uproar in the Twittersphere that followed was proof that as far as women are concerned, the rules of workwear are still being written. The plus side of this: it’s women who are writing them and ME+EM is proud to be leading the new wave of the workwear revolution.

“Thank you, Kirsty Wark, for repping a pair of track pants by Brit label ME+EM on Newsnight. Team with a smart jacket and you’re on to a workplace winner.” – The Evening Standard

At ME+EM we’re obsessed with making dressing for the office a simple and stylish affair. We know how busy today’s women are, going from home to gym or school run, to office, plane, dinner or drinks. Our clothes need to be intelligently designed to meet these demands. That’s why we edit the key trends right down to create contemporary pieces that are still wearable and versatile. We design pieces that do more than one job, so you don’t have to invest in endless new pieces every month. We even use exactly the same colours each season, so that you can guarantee that a pair of trousers you buy now will match the blazer that you already own.

“These new building blocks of our wardrobes represent a change-up – not just in our style but in our lives.” – Vogue

“She’s forward-thinking, ambitious and works to make a difference – her clothes should reflect this mind set” says Clare of the modern working woman. “When I speak to our customers, they want to feel smart but modern. They want contemporary designs but they also don’t want to be talked about for their clothes; it’s their minds that matter.”

Unlocking workwear: Clare’s Edit

Here, our founder and creative director Clare Hornby unlocks the key pieces that are the foundations of a comprehensive workwear wardrobe:

1. Side Stripe Trouser

“A tailored side stripe adds interest and elongates the leg. We also make sure that our trousers can be shortened without losing the on-trend shape.”

2. Leather Trouser

“Designed in a smart silhouette from the softest Italian leather, we have created leather trousers that are office-appropriate. An investment piece that will instantly open up your work wardrobe, giving all your staples new life.”

3. Layering Shirt

“Our iconic Layering Shirt instantly updates office basics. Designed to sit comfortably under jumpers and jackets, this is an easy solution to looking slim, smart and on-trend.”

4. Something Khaki

“Khaki is the new neutral. This super-soft jumper elevates navy for a timeless yet contemporary look.”

5. Parisian Jacket

“Our Parisian Jacket is designed with detachable frill cuffs so that you can style it in two different ways, for day and evening.”

Discover this season’s fashion building blocks and create a chic and contemporary office wardrobe. From morning meetings to working lunches, shop the ME+EM workwear collection now.