Forget the Cliches on Taking Your Look from Day to Night

A New York Love Affair :: Classic Black and White

You’ve read it approximately a billion times in Cosmo, Vogue, InStyle, or whatever your fashion mag of choice may be. The notorious ‘transitioning your look from day to night’. Just a few quick tweaks and you’re ready to go from the office to the bars! Come on, no one has time to change, nor do they want to BRING things to make said change. After a long day, it’s not worth the effort. So what’s the answer? How do you avoid being over-dressed for drinks or under-dressed at the office?

A New York Love Affair :: Classic

The answer is easier than you think and you aren’t likely to find it in the advertising-driven piece from magazines that really just want you to buy more/new clothes. Instead, to find a happy medium: work appropriate looks with your personal touch. I like to take classic pieces — like a structured black blazed, or this simple white and black combo — and jazz it up with a little off-the-clock glam. Things like a fun shoe, or a statement clutch are subtle enough for the office but trendy enough for your friends. But they also work for…well, work.

A New York Love Affair :: Classic

A New York Love Affair :: Classic

Blazer: Express (similar) | Shirt: Zara | Pants: Zara (love this) | Clutch: Ms Littles Bag c/o | Necklace: Lockwood Style | Cuff: Lydell NYC c/o | Earrings: Lydell NYC c/o | Shoes: Banana Republic (similar)

A New York Love Affair :: Classic

A New York Love Affair :: Classic

One of my favorite ways to add spice to my look is with a snakeskin print. I treat it more as a neutral than a pattern, and it’s appropriate for any season. This Miss Little’s Bag clutch is a chic little find, and fits easily into my work bag for after-hours fun.

A New York Love Affair :: Classic

Jewelry is another great tool to push the envelope a bit. Gold is generally viewed as classic and polished, so you’re SFW, but find something like an edgier cuff or earring to help take your work look up a notch.

A New York Love Affair :: Classic

A New York Love Affair :: Classic

It’s important to remember that your work day doesn’t have to inhibit your creativity. The days of black power suits are long gone, and with a few easy accessories you can take your look from day to night! (haha).

xoxoelenamichelle-200

12 Comments

  • Reply March 13, 2015

    Jeanne

    Great look and even better tips! Who wants to haul around a separate outfit/pair of shoes/etc? Your choices here are prefect for work and drinks!

    xo
    Jeanne
    wwww.HeirloomFinds.com

  • Reply March 13, 2015

    Laure

    I love that blouse and your pumps! So gorgeous!

    Lauren
    Fizz and Frosting

    • Reply March 30, 2015

      Elena Michelle

      thanks lauren!! these shoes were a great Banana find. as close to Valentino as I can afford right now!

  • Reply March 14, 2015

    Nav Brar

    Great outfit! Love your top!

    Nav
    navkbrar.blogspot.com

  • Reply March 15, 2015

    Victoria Galindo

    I completely agree! Pick a few styles you love and work…and go with it! Great style post :)

    xo
    Victoria

  • Reply March 17, 2015

    Erin Elizabeth

    Nothing is more chic than black and white in my book! You look stunning!! Love the necklace!!
    xo Erin
    http://www.winkandatwirl.com

    • Reply March 30, 2015

      Elena Michelle

      thank you Erin! its such a classic, timeless combo. I never get sick of it!

  • Reply March 20, 2015

    Meg Schneider

    Amen! I am SO done with all those tired magazine spreads about day to night! I love that snakeskin clutch, it really suits your whole look!
    Meg of An Affair of Character

    • Reply March 30, 2015

      Elena Michelle

      thanks meg!! it’s such an affordable accessory! you’ll have to check out Ms Littles Bags.

Leave a Reply