A common problem when getting ready for the day is how to create a look that is versatile enough to go from a day at the office to a night out on the town. The question is, how can we take an outfit from casual to elegant or from dressy to laid-back? Either way you need it done, here are some simple ways to dress for work and pleasure without having to change clothes along the way. These simple tricks will have your outfits working double duty.
Wearing a blazer is one of the quickest ways to look polished and ready for work. Jeans, a blazer, and a bright blouse can be a work–ready look that, when the day is over, still looks refined enough to wear out. To keep it casual, just lose the blazer and voila, you have a solid night look.
In addition to blazers, cardigans and other easy to put on and take off options are great for keeping your look refined at work but easy to leave off during the night to reveal a pretty blouse or silk tank top underneath your day wear.
Leather pants are great for making you look chic around the clock. Leather pants can be dressy for work and instantly enhance a night out look. Sleek, shiny leather pants are versatile for dressing up or dressing down, and they work well for both day and night.
Leather jackets are also great for wearing over your little black dress for an outfit that works for the day or night.
Shift dresses are the perfect dresses for refinement at work and a more casual silhouette after work. These dresses can be made dressier with shoes and accessories, or blazers. After work, shift dresses can be toned–down for casual comfort that looks effortlessly put together.
Pencil skirts are a work wardrobe must–have because they are polished and sophisticated. Pair one with a matching blazer and heels and be ready for the work day and a night out.
Printed pants are trendy for day or night. They are fashionable for work or they can make a statement out on the town. Pair them with a ruffled blouse and flats for a casual look or go all out with a blazer and heels.
Little Black Dresses
The one article of clothing that never fails us no matter the time of day. When in doubt, LBDs are a great option to look chic during the day all the way into after the work cocktail hour.
Jumpsuits can be elegant and dressy for any occasion, and they can also be dressed down. They can be accessorized to match the level of dress needed for either the office or an after work get together. Similarly to dresses, jumpsuits are such a simple and comfortable way to look stunning for any time of day.
Assessing your closet can be overwhelming. Even with these tips it can be hard to know exactly which pieces work with what. If you find you’re having trouble putting together outfits that will take you from day to night, please contact me. I’m available to work with you in your closet and you’ll be amazed at what we can create together! Once we get together and assess what you have and how to piece outfits together, your wardrobe will work much better for you. We can even create a capsule or two to make it easier for you to dress for any occasion and we can also determine what might be missing from your wardrobe. In addition, I can help you get exactly what you need to get you through the cooler months and the upcoming holiday season. I look forward to helping you create and define a style that’s easy and versatile and suits your lifestyle!
Winter 2018 Trunk Show
My Winter 2018 Carlisle & Per Se show in San Francisco is scheduled for October 17 through October 25. Appointments are also available with me at The Clift Hotel October 9 through October 15. Call or email for your personal appointment.