The Karen Millen Pieces You Need to Take Your Workwear to the Next Level

karen millen sale featuring forever dress in black and celine belt bag

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We’re slowly transitioning to post-Covid life here in Sydney.  Offices are starting to open again as workers opt to mix a few days in the office with their work from home routine.  It’s still slow-going and social distancing measures remain in place but it’s a step in the right direction back to a normal existence.  

The traditional Black Friday/Cyber Monday sales that used to be confined to the one weekend have taken on a whole new meaning this year with the majority of retailers going live with their sales earlier this month.  The sales (and accompanying marketing emails) can be a bit overwhelming, but if you’re navigating them carefully, it’s an opportune time to pick up some classic pieces at a significant discount.  

karen millen forever dress in black

Karen Millen dress (size 8), Dior slingbacks, Celine bag (review here), Ray Ban sunglasses

In today’s post, I’m sharing with you my top picks from Karen Millen, who quite frankly, have a treasure trove when it comes to all things workwear – particularly if you work in a conservative office environment like I do.  And given how expensive workwear can be, particularly when it comes to clean, tailored pieces, a Karen Millen sale is a bit of a no brainer.  

I’d place Karen Millen and the upper end of the high street.  Her dresses carry price tags in the hundreds so a discount is always noticeable on the hip pocket.  

So let’s get into it! 

#1 – The Quintessential Power Dress

Her signature ‘Forever Dress‘ is a sell-out for a reason. The silhouette it creates is amazingly flattering and it’s a huge confidence booster. (FYI – it comes with the belt!) For reference, I take a size 8 and it’s very fitted on me. It also comes in this lush camel colour. In terms of sizing, which is the most common question I field in my DMs, I would say that the sizing comes up a tad small. Though it’s worthwhile me pointing out that the newer versions of this dress now have some stretch in the fabric.

#2 – The Day-To-Night Dress

The ivory cap-sleeve version of the signature Forever style features the same notched collar and flattering silhouette. It also comes in this sophisticated berry red tone. The cap sleeves make this dress more versatile straddling both workwear and occasion wear with its clean lines.

#3 – The Everyday Pencil Skirt

Nothing screams workwear more than a well-cut pencil skirt. The black version on the left features the same belt on the Forever dresses featured above and this stunning navy option also comes with a matching belt too.

#4 – Tailored Jumpsuits

Jumpsuits are one of those trends that I never thought I could personally pull off. Recently, that all changed and I think the mental shift happened because of the tailored styles that have since emerged. This grey check jumpsuit and rust jumpsuit are the perfect desk-to-drinks numbers and ideal for the upcoming silly season.

#5 – The Sophisticated Utility Dress

These utility inspired dresses are both classic and timeless. The camel toned sleeveless dress adds a touch of luxe with the black piping detail and the buttons on the ivory dress offer subtle modern touches to an otherwise traditional design.

#6 – The Tux Dress

Strong yet feminine, these tux dresses have a place in every woman’s wardrobe. This cream version and grey version are both in classic colours featuring a flattering silhouette, wrap-over neckline and handy side pockets.

#7 – The Polished Wrap Dress

This dress ticks both the function and style boxes. A beautifully tailored dress that can be styled to the office or for an occasion – the hardest part is deciding between the warm camel tone or the navy version!

#8 – The Notched Collar Blazer

Modern tweaks on the traditional jacket with a notched stand up collar. The single-breasted style in traditional hues of navy and cream mean they’ll integrate easily into your existing workwear wardrobe.

#9 – The Wrap Blazer

Personally, this is my favourite style of jacket out of all the ones I’ve featured in this edit. The wrap style is effortlessly elegant and the tapered waist is incredibly flattering. It comes in easy-to-match navy and charcoal tones.

#10 – Double-Breasted Jacket

These double breasted jackets both featured structured shoulders but tapered waists for a more feminine fit. Personally, I love the versatility of double-breasted jackets in that they can be worn open, belted, or buttoned up as tops. My top picks are this clean utility style in cream and this chic navy version in 100% linen.


P.S. A shopping hack to score new season Reiss at between 30-40% off and my Style Diaries for October 2020.


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