Make Your Outfit Work from 9 to 5 and 5 to 9
A quandary for the ages: Can I wear this out tonight? Life is busy, and you probably find yourself racing against the work week’s clock. You might not have the time to seriously consider the answer to that famous question, so it’s helpful to have a few tips to keep your wardrobe working for you, whether it’s corporate-wear or cocktail-appropriate.
Start With the Basics
When you know you have somewhere to be after work, and won’t have time to get back to your closet, choose a simple silhouette for the backdrop of your outfit.
Go with a simple dress, the LBD isn’t a classic for nothing, or choose a versatile pencil skirt. Not into showing off your legs? That’s fine, opt for a tapered pant, and a crisp white button-down. Keep your lines clean so that they’re easy to dress up or down, depending on the situation.
Judith and Charles' Malaya black dress C$325
Everlane's poplin oversized white shirt C$79
Everlane's black slim wool pant C$152
Layers on Layers on Layers
To keep your look office appropriate, you can add layers. Think cardigans or blazers that will act as a finishing touch on a simple dress, and are easily stashed in a bag later on. If you’re in a dress, consider wearing tights for work, and removing them for your post-office date.
Filippa K's orange Charlotte cardigan C$260
Pack It On
Pack a change of shoes. Keep your LBD work-appropriate by pairing with a cute pair of flats at the office, but bring a pair of heels with you to change up your outfit for girls night.
M.Gemi's Italian Stellato flats in natural color C$318
Maguire's Italian black suede Genoa booties C$230
Consider a small but accessible bag, like an on-trend belt bag or cross body bag, to swap out for your after work activities. You can easily bring a lipstick, mascara in this bag for a quick touch up on your way to your destination.
Wearshop's Pitti belt bag in black C$270
Mademoiselle Jules wearing Wearshop's Pitti belt bag in light grey color C$270
Other accessories like statement earrings, or a bold jacket are quick and easy ways to jazz up an outfit, and make it evening-ready.
Gabrielle Desmarais Clari earrings C$105
Palettes & Materials
When planning your day-to-night outfit, privilege quietly luxe fabrics, that will make a statement. Think sumptuous silk camis that look professional under a blazer for work, but make a statement while out for drinks. Leathers are also a material that work well from day to night.
For your color palette, you can really go either tonal or dramatic. Both are modern and can work just as easily for your office as they do for your night out.
Judith and Charles' leather Stahl dress C$1200
Silk Laundry's Matisse drop shoulder silk shirt C$280
Making your outfit do double duty is a great way to make your wardrobe work overtime for you. When you have clothing that can be worn at the office or out for dinner, it definitely lessens the need for purchasing extra clothing, thereby keeping your closet just a little more sustainable.
Next time you make plans to extend your workday into after-work dinner plans, you’ll know that there’s no need to lug a full suitcase onto the metro for your commute. Pack a few essentials, keep our tips in mind to look your best all day into all night!