When you’ve got plans after work and you don’t have the time (or the energy!!) to go home first to change, you need to rock up to the office in something that’s going to work for both. Sound almost impossible? No way!
Working your workwear a little bit harder so that it looks just as good in the evening doesn’t have to be all that difficult. With the right choices and a couple of subtle accessory adjustments, you can switch shoes and bags in the car (or on the train) and head straight off to girl’s night out or date night without a care in the world.
Here, we’re looking at our top 6 fashion and style tips to take your workwear from the office to after-work drinks or dinner with just the switch up of a few key pieces and accessories.
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Tip 1 – Stick to A Classic LBD
When it comes to a little black dress, you really can’t go wrong. They work for the office, they work for any evening event. Which is why, if you know you’re heading out after work, a classic LBD is a perfect choice.
Go for styles that cover enough to be appropriate at work with a little sleeve and a modest neckline but choose fabrics that steer clear of anything too stiff and formal. That way, you make it easier for yourself to style with a little more sass for your night-time plans.
Any of these styles would do the trick.
When it comes to making your look a little more stylish for the evening, simply add a statement belt to inject some trend and detail.
Or add instant sparkle with a bold pair of heels.
Tip 2 – Sharpen Up in a Blazer Dress
Blazer dresses are increasingly on-trend right now and look just as smart for the office as they do sultry for a night out. Changing the look drastically, it’s all about the shoes and accessories you pair with a blazer dress that can make it both office and dinner appropriate.
Make yours slightly less dressy with chunky flatform brogues or loafers for the office and pair with tights for shorter styles to make sure you have enough cover while at work. Whip off your tights and add your go-to heels or chic, heeled ankle boots for the night.
With more sexy, low-cut styles, you could even add a lightweight rollneck sweater or top underneath your blazer dress to ensure ultimate modest vibes at work while keeping the look on-trend. Go for classic black or add detail with a black and white Breton stripe.
Flats or flatforms work perfectly for the office to make sure your blazer dress doesn’t look too dressy and formal.
Tip 3 – Midi Always Works
Midi-length dresses are super on-trend and give you’re the ultimate in styling versatility. Easy to both dress up and make more casual, you can wear a midi dress with on-trend knee-high boots for both work and afterward which makes it even easier to take you from day to night.
Simply add some ‘extra’ accessories like statement earrings and switch your work bag for something a little more evening-chic to transform your look for a post-work dinner.
Bold prints are always a good choice.
If you opt for a midi shirt dress, you can fully button it for work and then give yourself more of a slit for the evening. A great way to use the same fashion pick in two totally different ways.
Pair with the knee-high boots of the season. This look is all about wide-fit, slightly slouchy boot styles with a little extra space around the calf. The perfect length comes up just to the mid to bottom of the knee cap.
Add statement earrings and keep a little clutch in your work bag to switch to for dinner and you’re sorted.
Tip 4 – Make It a Tailored Jumpsuit
Jumpsuits are a great alternative to a dress if you’re heading straight out at 5 pm.
Choose tailored options that ensure your office style remains professional and then switch up your look in an instant with just the exchange of a sexy pair of strappy heels and a sweep of bold red lipstick.
Which shoes? Go from sleek office-friendly mules…
…to sexy, strappy heels.
Tip 5 – Choose Dark Florals
Deep florals are perfectly on-trend this season. Plus, they work as a great print choice for the office as well as for dinner afterward. Choose micro prints and feminine detailing for the most on-trend version of the look.
Wear for work with tights and pointed pumps and then switch to bare legs and thigh-high boots for a quick change to the perfect dinner with friends or date night look.
Everyone needs a pair of classic black over the knee boots to pair with any shorter dress. This Steve Madden pair tick all our boxes.
Tip 6 – Suit. But Sexy.
Thinking there’s no way you can wear your work suit to dinner after and still look on-trend? Tailored two-piece trouser suits are huge right now so take advantage of the season’s biggest trend! Wear it with a cami top or blouse for the office and then switch to just a lacy bralette for the evening. Also, swop chunky flats or pumps for strappy heels with a flash of color or sparkle.
Pop your office-appropriate top in your bag and make your look instantly on-trend and sultry with a lace bralette beneath your blazer.
..or choose a satin crop for a cute take on the look.
Whatever you wear for your day to night office look…
A classic leather jacket will always help to make your workwear more casual and just throwing one over your shoulders gives any look some added edge.
Thought heading straight out after work was a bit of a drag? Don’t let your Monday to Thursday-self down and make plans any day of the week, letting your wardrobe do the extra work when it comes to your style.
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