I’m a Fashion Editor Turned Designer—These 5 Key Buys are the Foundation of My Workwear Wardrobe

Determining what to wear to work is never an easy choice, but it can be even more of a challenge when your job isn’t the typical 9-to-5. In a bid to shake up our own work wardrobes, we sought out the advice of some of the best dressed women working today. Next up is Anna Foster, the stylist, designer, and founder of sustainable luxury brand E.L.V. Denim. As Anna balances motherhood, running a business, and encouraging us to shop more consciously, we asked her what workwear means to her and which key pieces she relies on for each of the (very) different roles she plays day-to-day.

1. The Pencil Skirt 2.0

(Image credit: Phill Taylor)

The pencil skirt has undergone a fashionable reinvention for 2024, and gone are the days of restrictive tailoring and twinsets. Instead, expect to find pencil skirts in glossy leather, statement prints, and as Anna demonstrates, elevated denim, that is every bit as business-meeting-ready as pinstripes. Sophisticated skirts like this work hard in any well-curated capsule and come into their own in the warmer months when a wide-leg trouser is too much fabric.