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There is something of that “Back to School” feeling in January. The communal extended period of time off between Christmas and New Year is probably the closest adults get to a school holiday, so the return to work feels like a time to metaphorically sharpen your pencils, buy a new set square and spruce up your uniform.

Work attire doesn’t have to be all ill-fitting suits and shiny shirts (yes, Gavin from Accounts, we’re talking to you). Keep the palette neutral and you can have some real fun with textures and materials.

Demure skirts in leather and lace; sport-luxe tops in the most delicate of cream shades and gorgeous camel coats are all 2015 touch points and allow you to express your fashion personality without angering the more stodgy characters in upper management.

The same goes for your timepieces. Simple, discreet and elegant are your watch words here but, if you want to show a little flair, opt for a colour pop of a strap.

Going back to school was never this much fun.

  • Toms shoes
    Toms Navy Stripe University Classics Shoes
    RRP: £39.99
    Available from:
  • Montblanc watch
    Montblanc Star Classique Automatic Watch
    RRP: £6,800
    Available from: The Watch Gallery
  • Theory silk top
    Theory Delpy Silk-Georgette Top
    RRP: £265
    Available from: Matches Fashion
  • Gianvito Rossi pumps
    Gianvito Rossi Python Pumps
    RRP: £845
    Available from: Browns Fashion
  • Theory leather skirt
    Theory Zeyn Pleated Leather Skirt
    RRP: £910
    Available from: Selfridges
  • Noor Fares earrings
    Noor Fares Asymmetrical Cube Earrings
    RRP: £3,150
    Available from: Matches Fashion
  • Stella McCartney culottes
    Stella McCartney Oliver Boucle Culottes
    RRP: £665
    Available from: Matches Fashion
  • Paul Smith shirt
    Paul Smith Off-White Silk Shirt
    RRP: £180
    Available from: Paul Smith
  • Tudor Style Watch
    Tudor Style Watch
    RRP: £1,650
    Available from: Watches of Switzerland
  • Christopher Kane skirt
    Christopher Kane Lace Skirt
    RRP: £650
    Available from: Net-a-Porter
  • Victoria Beckham Jacket
    Victoria Beckham Satin-Trimmed Wool Jacket
    RRP: £1,750
    Available from: Net-a-Porter
  • Muhle Glashutte watch
    Mühle Glashütte Lady 99 Watch
    RRP: £1,030
    Available from: Watches of Switzerland
  • Balenciaga bag
    Balenciaga Le Dix Cartable Leather Bag
    RRP: £1,195
    Available from: Browns Fashion
  • Lia di Gregorio ring
    Lia di Gregorio Touch Ring
    RRP: £2,140
    Available from: Dover Street Market
  • J Crew Coat
    J.Crew Collection Harris Tweed Coat
    RRP: £500
    Available from: Net-a-Porter
  • Longines Flagship watch
    Longines Flagship Watch
    RRP: £1,070
    Available from: Watches of Switzerland
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