Looking for a way out of your work wardrobe rut? Want to add a fashionable tilt to office attire without spending a fortune? Fear not, 9-5ers, because we’ve come up with three fabulous ways to make your work wardrobe scream wow!

Often, office apparel conjures up images of dated grey pinstripe skirts and badly cut blouses, but the new season’s polished look and sleeker aesthetic (fashion flashback: Celiné, Jil Sander) means workwear has invaded  Planet Fashion, and making workwear work harder (pardon the pun) is now the job du jour.

So if you’re looking to pack a new season punch into your office wardrobe, it need not cost an arm and a leg. Just take on board our three trend-injecting, wardrobe refreshing tips, and you’ll be promoted to cool city chick in no time.

1.Add a statement knit to the mix

A statement jumper is your go-to piece for an instant update to drab workwear. Bring block colour, embellishments and interesting textures to the boardroom table and show your boss you mean business with a stylish edge!

Pair this Farhi by Nicole Farhi lambswool jumper with a black leather pencil skirt for after-work events, or wear with black, tailored crop trousers and a statement necklace for office chic with a fashion forward edge.

Farhi by Nicole Farhi Daliah Yellow Contrast Sleeve Lambswool Jumper, £150, available at My Wardrobe

2. Flats are just as cool for work

Hobbling to your next meeting due to heel-induced foot injuries was never deemed professional, so why not dismiss the heels for feet-friendly flats?

Slippers, loafers and brogues are huge for autumn/winter 2012, and we love how these Dune Marden loafers are a 2-in-1 trend buster buy: patent and tweed-like fabric bring these loafers bang up-to-date. Wearing flats to work has never been cooler.

 Dune Marden Loafer, £65, available at House of Fraser

3. A schizophrenic weather-battling coat

September is what we like to call a ‘sticky’ month; you’re stuck in limbo as Mother Nature refuses to let go of the summer weather, but doesn’t want to upset autumn and its chilly existence – which plays havoc with our wardrobes!

If you’re dreading investing in a wool coat just yet but want to cover up stylishly, then how about a breathable cotton mac? With a nod to this season’s military trend, and a touch of lace to up the glam factor, this Per Una number is your best bet until the frost bites.

Per Una Double Breasted Lace Trim Mac, £75, available at Marks & Spencer

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