If we work a traditional job in a traditional setting, nine times out of ten we are going to spend the greater part of our day at the office. For most corporate 9-5ers, that’s a minimum of eight hours. Add that we generally leave work during happy hour which is also the time traffic starts to rear its ugly head. We have a brief window where we can let our hair down before we get back into the gauntlet of preparing for the next workday. If there are any mixers or corporate networking events, those things typically happen after work. No biggie, right? It shouldn’t be, but we all know sometimes our corporate attire isn’t as fashion-forward as we would like it to be for things outside of work. Here are five things you can do to take your corporate look from day to night.
I’m a sucker for black leather pants. Cognac-colored leather is right up there. Straight-legged, tapered, or high waist; a pair in your wardrobe adds a pop to a wonderful blazer. In the office, the blazer keeps it business. Trade your heels for the Bottega mules. Drop the blazer and let the silk shell you wore that day be the point of texture and interest.
WHITE DRESS SHIRT
A white dress shirt is everything. You can roll up your sleeves, unbutton a few buttons and let it roll. The other alternative is tucking one side panel of the shirt in and allowing the other out. This works fantastic for the dress-down Fridays when you wear jeans.
Corporate America is extremely conservative. A shift dress or a dress without a lot of structure is a blank canvas. The easiest thing to do is to elevate your heels of choice. Change out those round-toe pumps and slip into something strappy like the Tom Ford sandal or a great chunky heel like the peep toe Guiseppe's. Add a few bracelets and the cute dress from the office is something you can network in.
These seem like an oxymoron. Joggers are definitely a casual staple and somehow wearing them in an office pulls on the slightly inappropriate string. I once thought that until I purchased a pair from Abercrombie and Fitch. They were definitely men's, but an alteration later, they were my most comfortable and versatile piece. Like the leather pants, a blazer dresses everything up and add that with a turtle neck as the shirt of choice. You can slip into your So Kates or keep it cozy with a pair of dunks after work.
The one way you can take your office look to a look for a night out is by changing your lipstick (and eyeliner if necessary). Typically, in the work setting, we usually wear beautiful nudes and gorgeous shades of light pink and peach. We often do not think of those riveting shades of red or orange. MAC has a gorgeous purple – Smoked Purple. That is the shade that is a statement all by itself. Keeping the neutral palette on your face, a bold lipstick like the smoked purple or even the Flat Out Fabulous is the way to go. Winging your liner is also a great way to change the speed of your look.