Choosing the perfect outfit that works for all-day meetings at the office and is appropriate for a special dinner date or a night out in the evening can feel like a mission impossible. Think about it. You have to find the look that shows you’re in an ultra Girl Boss “take me seriously” mode, but still transition seamlessly to celebrate your flirty side after office hours.
However, before you call defeat, think of us as your fashion godmother. We have three amazing style ideas and tips on how to spice up your formal office wear and make it work for a date night.
Work The Suit
Many women have a strict dress code where formal wear is mandatory at the office, often including suits. But don’t let a the suit fool you into thinking it’s plain and boring. A killer suit is a must have in any gal’s closet, especially if you’re look for a great transitional piece for day to night. Depending on your workplace and your personal preference, you can go for the classic white or black suit, or opt for a suit in a bold color.
We Suggest: The key is to pick a figure-flattering blazer and pants in the same shade, and combine these with a white button-down shirt. Add a structured tote (with an evening clutch in it for later on) and a pair of classic black stilettos will complement your day look even more!
Day to Night: Once your working hours are done, take off the blazer and put on a nice tailored leather jacket, and add a statement jewelry to your assemble. A chunky necklace will be just fine. Leave your tote in the car and reach your the evening clutch instead. Just refresh your makeup, spritz yourself with a sexy perfume, put on a red lip and you’re ready for a cocktail hour!
The Little Black Dress Magic
The iconic little black dress (LBD )is a classic for a good reason – you can pull it off with any combination and for any event you’re attending. If you don’t already have one or two in your closet, get one as soon as possible. The little black dress will offer you the perfect base to transition from day to night.
We Suggest: A desk to dinner outfit requires a classic, knee-length LBD without any unnecessary details on it. Make sure the dress follows your body line as this will ensure it complements your body the best. Match the dress with a pair of pointed toe heels to elongate your legs, and to finish off the professional look, a big black tote.
Day to Night: As for the night look, you can always add a blazer in a bright color like ruby red, sapphire blue, or emerald green. All will look fabulous! Simply add some big crystal earrings for some glitz and you’ll be good to go.
When In Doubt Layer
One of the trends we have been noticing is pairing a jumper/sweater over a dress. This look is fairly simple to achieve, and can add a soft, sophisticated feel. Plus, we’re all about coziness, especially around the fall and winter season.
We Suggest: For a more structured look for work, you can always add a leather belt that’ll emphasize your waistline in the best possible way. Don’t forget to match your shoes and/or your bag with the belt. Who said you couldn’t bring your business AND fashion game.
Day to Night: Layering an outfit is one of our favorite ways to transition from day to night. It’s also the perfect way to prepare for any occasion you may have to go to after work, whether it’s grabbing dinner with a date, a few cocktails with friends uptown or an unexpected business dinner with a potential client. Play around with patterns and textures when it comes to belts. A solid color may be more appropriate for the office, but there’s no reason you can’t carry an extra in your handbag. Floral print belts are absolutely wonderful for giving you that slimmer waistline and offers a nice, flirty feel to your overall outfit. Also lace sweaters are wonderful ways to spice up a boring office outfit. And it beats overthinking on accessories given the lace detailing adds the necessary something you’ll need.