From summer to autumn: updating your work wardrobe with Emma Willis

As summer draws to a close, it’s time to think about readying your wardrobe for the phase into autumn. For many of us, the seasonal shift may coincide with school runs and returns to the office after long spells of working from home. For any working mums unsure of what to wear during the transition, Emma Willis’ latest collection with Next has you covered.

Phase into fall with patterns and neutrals

It can be hard to shake off the summer mentality, which allows for more relaxation in what we wear. Warm weather means bold colours, daring patterns, and a generally more carefree outlook during our leisure days. It can feel like autumn demands a switch in our mind-set, as we adapt our wardrobes and attitudes to a more professional approach.

However, this doesn’t mean we have to hang up the vestiges of summer entirely. Though cooler months call for more neutral tones, these can be mixed with pops of bright colour and patterns. Emma Willis’ latest range, featuring pieces in vibrant pink and paisley print, are perfect for soaking up the last rays of sun while still being adaptable for the new season.

“In the last collection we had a gorgeous pink and blue paisley print on some of the swim and beachwear and it was so lovely we thought we’d carry it on from there – but in the new season colours and on a different scale.”

Perhaps the most vibrant piece in the range, the dusky pink suit is a great addition to your September wardrobe – its comfortable fit and soft fabrications are ideal for the shifting weather.

Summer socials and autumn events

While work responsibilities and colder temperatures make garden parties less of an option, that doesn’t mean there won’t be chances to socialise.

The return of work socials and evenings out with other parents means your autumn wardrobe should contain stylish essentials appropriate for the office and for drinks after hours. A trendy two-piece or jumpsuit is a great choice, working equally well for professional and relaxed events. For occasions where you need to look more polished, Emma Willis recommends the black co-ord:

“For me, the black co-ord is that easy pick out of the wardrobe if I’m going somewhere and I need to look a bit smarter.”

Long dresses are also great options to bridge the summer/autumn divide. Full hems and sleeves protect against the cold while loose material maintains the blissful boho-chic of a summer holiday.

Suiting the season

Suits are a fantastic option for any season due to their versatility. A wide-leg trouser paired with a short sleeved shirt works just as well for summer as it does for autumn, and can be doubled up with a jacket as the weather gets chillier. Plus, depending on the occasion they can be dressed up with a heel or formal shoe, or down with a t-shirt and trainers.

Spreading her wings from modelling to presenting to delivering babies and now designing, Emma has proven time and time again that you don’t have to compromise between motherhood and being a businesswoman.

Her philosophy as a designer reflects this, with pieces that are at once practical, professional, and feminine. Having previously stated she feels comfortable and powerful in suits, it’s no surprise the mum of three has brought them back in her latest range, this time with a 70s vibe.

“A favourite of mine is the camel suit… I love suits, mainly to wear with a trainer and a t shirt but I didn’t own one in this colour… we’ve gone quite 70s with shape and colour palette for this season.”

Casual suits are a must-have for any work wardrobe, and their simple yet flattering cut makes them perfect for any style or body shape.

Embrace the change in season with comfortable pieces that perfectly balance style with practicality. The Emma Willis collection, available in sizes 6-22, can be browsed on the Next website now and in selected stores from 20th August.

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