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?
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.
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)
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.
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.
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).