The times they are a changing. Long gone are the days when "smart" implied a navy pencil skirt and matching jacket, blouse (eeewww) and a pair of sensible court shoes.
Ok so perhaps the city lawyers and super corporate amongst us may not get away with these for a client meeting (although I still maintain that depends who your clients are) but for the rest of us who have a vaguely smart dress code, the world is your oyster.
And the pearls in it are former casual wear that has made the leap into the formal world.
Joggers, I'm looking at you.
These have been complete fave of mine for the past couple of seasons and for A/W16 the love affair continues. How will I be wearing mine? I adore them with a shirt and blazer and trainers. I also team with a fitted jumper and longer line coat. Ankle boots (or my beloved trainers) as a footwear option. Another great choice would be loafers. I love the mix of the theoretically casual with a *smarter* pair of shoes. Mix and match. So very on trend.
When I was looking for jeans the other day (don't even go there - SO over it), I happened upon these in Topshop. Which, to be frank, were a far more exciting prospect. Yes, I have faux leather joggers. What I don't have though, are a cropped pair that are in a faux buttery leather. Much lighter than the heavier weight ones I have from ASOS and Zara. Believe me please when I say this is actually a really bad photo of them. I shall be wearing tomorrow, so will pap on Instagram for you. I adore adore adore them.
Faux Leather Joggers £35
But I will say I also adore my old ASOS ones. These are this year's version and if they're half as good as the ones from last year, they'll be amazing.
ASOS Leather Look Joggers with tie waist £35 And they also do these in a Tall and Petite version.
So I really can't justify another pair of black ones but they handily have them in a grey as well.
ASOS Leather look joggers in grey £35
Or how about pink? And in the sale. Were £35 now £22.50
Then we have the cuffed variety. Which needn't be consigned for fitness purposes at all. Not when they're in embroidered velvet...
Embroidered Velvet Joggers from M&S £39.50
Slightly off piste at Topshop but these would be fabulous teamed with a v neck jumper and blazer. Or I love wearing mine with an oversized white shirt and jumper.
Navy Ruffle Joggers from Topshop £29
These are superb and are on my wishlist from Me+Em. In fact, the top picture of the founder of Me+Em, the lovely Claire Hornby, is the most divine styling. Inspiration from heaven. There's still 20% off at Me+Em until the 7th November with the code ORDER20.
Side Stripe Joggers in navy and white from Me+Em £69
And then there are the joggers that are looser in style and for me - need to be super long. I have tried these utterly amazing Me+Em ones on so so many times but alas, they're just an inch or two too short. Please oh please can someone else buy them?
Luxe Crepe Slouch Pant from Me+Em £149
And ditto these ones - again too short for me. I have tried (and tried and tried and tried).
Luxe Track Pant from Me+Em £135
ASOS Tall Peg Leg Trousers with side stripe £22.50
And back in the room with a more conservative pair from River Island £28
Here I am in my old ones from ASOS (so yes, I do highly recommend them) which I wear so so so much. Although I am delighted with my thinner versions from Topshop. I have, in fact, come round to thinking move over jeans - there's a new player in town. Do I need new jeans as well? I don't think I do.
Je Ne Regrette Rien jumper - Orwell & Austin (if you sign up to their newsletter you can get 25% off your first order)
Black faux leather joggers - ASOS
Leopard coat - M&S
Copeland sneakers - Air & Grace
Half Moon bag - APC
Have you succumbed to the joggers as a wardrobe staple yet? If so, would love to hear how you're wearing them. And if not, what are you waiting for?!
We're fireworked out - haven't been for the past two years as it was always a disaster with a small ASD child and yup - should have listened to my instincts and not bothered this year again. Not an entirely successful evening (social issues which I fear aren't going to get any better as he gets older. They're just such easy targets and don't react to being provoked at all unfortunately) so I'm feeling very sorry for him and myself. But it's nothing that a glass of wine (for me) and a cuddle (for him) can't fix.
Also need to go and pack as tomorrow I'm off on an adventure in the Cotsworlds. Will report back but to say I'm looking forward to it is a understatement.