Olivia Palermo channels a chic workwear look

Olivia Palermo channels a chic workwear look

What better time to get your workwear wardrobe in shape than January? Sure, we're all on a post Christmas budget but anything that brightens up those long just-back-to-work days has got to be good. Like sportswear, the sales are the perfect time to invest in those staple pieces you'll be wearing for seasons. 

If you're bored of your office repertoire, put these in your online basket and style your way to the top in 2015...

1) Coat 

It's literally the deep mid winter so there's no stepping out without a good coat. If you're going to buy only one, a tailored coat is a safe bet. Though faux fur is a blast - and we'll come to that in a moment - there's ways to give even the most classic cover-ups a new season twist. A simple cinch and belt, for example. 

This Structured Collarless Zara coat (below, right) gets our vote. Cosy, versatile and simple, it's more than worth its £89.99 price tag (down from £129). Want to play it even safer? You can't go wrong with a trench or camel coat and there's no sign of them losing their fash pack stamp of approval any time soon. Gerard Darel's camel coat, from £525 to £262.50,(below) and Jaeger's Cotton Classic Trench Coat (£149, from £299) are perfect. 

Gerard Darel camel coat and Zara grey coat

To pack more of a sartorial punch and give your work look an edge, go with the FROW and opt for this season's favourite cover-up: faux fur. We've all been eyeing up Whistles Kumiko Faux Fur Coat and what better time to snap it up now it's £165 (from £275)?

Whistles Kumiko Faux Fur Coat

2) Footwear

Nothing lets down a look like the wrong footwear. For work, stick to the simple styles but don't be afraid to go for the frills. Think two-tone, brights and coloured soles as they'll give a simple shirt and tailored trouser combo an edge. These ASOS Madhatter Leather Flat Shoes are only £29 (from £45) and have a hint of Victoria Beckham's SS15 flats. 

White ASOS flat shoes

Boots are back and bigger than ever this season, seen at Gucci and Louis Vuitton under coats, mini skirts and cropped trousers. Take inspo from the catwalk or layer under midi skirt with a collared shirt. 

3) A Shirt

This sounds like we're going back to workwear 101 but you can't go wrong with a white shirt. With anything.  A white shirt - like this H&M Cotton Shirt (£20, from £29.99) is the ultimate work wardrobe staple. It can smarten up even the most casual jeans and slip-on sneakers, as well as hold its own against a midi skirt and tailored trouser. 

White Cotton H&M Shirt

4) Midi Skirt

It's a no-brainer to have a couple of midi skirts in your sartorial arsenal. Teamed with a roll neck jumper and heels, or a collared shirt and boots, they're perfect for mix-and-matching, and that - as we all know - is the secret to not getting seriously bored of your work clothes. This two-tone colour block Karen Millen Graphic Print Pleated Skirt (£135, from £199) makes a statement without being garish, and the pleating nods to the SS15 catwalk trend. 

Karen Millen midi skirt

5) Tailored Trousers

Another badly-kept secret to a successful capsule wardrobe are sharp, tailored trousers - preferably wide leg or cropped. Everyone should have a go-to black pair (and if not, get searching on those sales racks) but to inject some energy into your winter work looks, go for a bright trouser like this Roksanda Marres Contrast-Pocket Tailored pair (£352, from £705, Matches) or if that's a little too much for your January brain, a relaxed printed pyjama-style like these J.Crew Silk Foulard Wide Leg Pants (£142.50, from £475, Net-a-Porter).

Tailored trousers from Roksanda and J.Crew

6) Bag

There's nothing that completes a polished look quite like a truly beautiful bag - and there's no time like the sales to buy them as the discount is considerable and nothing will cheer up a dark January than a bargain designer bag. A good quality, versatile and timeless style is the best use of your budget as it'll last you for seasons, like this Givenchy Easy Tote (£696.50, from £995, Net-a-Porter).

Givenchy tote bag

And The Extras...

No-one's ever regretted a £3 hoisery purchase and a colour pop pair of socks can make a simple monochrome look. Cos has a reliably fun offering, like these Metallic Ankle Socks.

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Cos socks