When you have a demanding job and an equally busy social life, it can be difficult trying to dress for both at the same time. If you need to put together an outfit that will seamlessly transition from “9 to 5” to “after-hours”, have a read through the following tips.
Opt for Versatility
There are some garments that are much more versatile than others, and dresses are a great example of this. A dress that is paired with flats and a cardigan will work well for the office, and, once the day is over, the cardigan can be removed and the flats swapped for a pair of heels. A classic pencil skirt also works well in this way, as the look is sophisticated enough for a day at work, but sexy enough for an evening out. When it comes to versatility, denim is one of the most versatile fabrics out there, and if you are able to wear a pair of dark jeans to work, then this is another great option for both day and night.
If you are wanting to wear a garment in the evening that is slightly more dramatic, and would not be suitable for work, then a classic cover-up is what you need. A slim tailored blazer is usually the best way to go, as this can hide any bare shoulders or revealing necklines during the day, and can easily be removed and stored away when you head out for the evening.
Make the Most of Accessories
Accessories on their own can easily transform a conventional daytime look into a hot evening outfit. Swapping your large work bag, or even your briefcase, for a small and stylish clutch will instantly glam up your look, while adding a statement belt to an outfit will immediately give it more personality. Jewellery is another accessory that can quickly take a look from day to night. During the day, keep your jewellery quite minimal and conservative, but switch this up in the evenings with a few statement pieces, whether this be large graphic earrings or a chunky necklace. Sometimes, all that a conventional outfit needs to brighten it up is a bit of sparkle, so keep this in mind when picking out accessories.
Don’t Forget About Makeup
While your makeup during the day is likely to be relatively understated, this can easily be amped up for the evenings. The beauty of makeup is that it is so portable, and with a few swipes of mascara and lipstick, can easily dramatize a look. If you don’t have much time after work to re-do your entire face, then simply apply some red lipstick, as this timeless shade will work with just about every outfit.
If taking an outfit from “9 to 5” to “after-hours” is something that you need to do on a regular basis, it is always a good idea to keep a bag with a few accessories in your car or office, so that they are within easy reach when you need them in the evenings. By keeping your daytime outfit relatively simple, you will be able to incorporate statement accessories, such as chunky jewellery or colorful heels, much more easily, beautifully transitioning your look from day to evening.