From Desk to DinnerAs you sit in traffic and move from your busy Brickell corner office to Wynwood’s latest culinary gem for an after-work happy hour, a wardrobe change can seem unfathomable and impossible.
Keep It SimpleThink of your work attire as the backdrop of a painting. Sticking to solid colors or neutral tones will allow you dress up your look in the evening without risking a sartorial clash. Simple silhouettes with an added eye-catching feature are a fun way to incorporate flair to a classic look. Sewn in appointments like Renaissance ruffles or subtle caplets can transition a dress from the break room table to the dinner table with ease. Light fabrics like Gucci’s viscose jersey material or Burberry’s chosen silk make your wardrobe comfortable for the 12-hour day.
Cape Detail Silk Wrap Dress at Burberry, $995
Viscose Jersey Ruffle Dress at Gucci, $1,980
Yoko Dress at Sandro, $395
DVF Milena Sheath Dress at Diane von Furstenberg, $398
Incorporate Playful JewelryFrom the boardroom to the beach, gilded and bold statement necklaces are an impactful way to transition from day-to-night. Add a fun color pop like Cartier’s charming Paris Nouvelle Vague necklace, featuring gorgeous and serine blue-hued gemstones. Tiffany & Co.’s Quadrifoglio Pendant, designed by Elsa Peretti, is another intricate and vivid piece to top off a look.
In an ode to the choker trend, glam up a little black dress with Pomellato’s simple-yet-chic morganite Bahia necklace. If you’re really feeling adventurous, mix metals with Aristocrazy’s Calabrotes necklace in silver and rose gold.
Paris Nouvelle Vague Necklace at Cartier, $42,900
Elsa Peretti Quadrifoglio Pendant at Tiffany & Co., $1,450
Necklace Bahia at Pomellato, $48,200
Calabrotes Necklace at Artisocrazy, $835
SkirtFinding yourself too busy? Pencil this in. Fitted pencil skirts are a sophisticated and professional go-to with a hidden layer of glamor. Patterns, knits, and colors make for a “business on top, party on the bottom” attitude to balance out a day of work and play. From Dolce & Gabbana’s magnified rose motif to St. John’s texturized fringe skirt, there are so many ways to play with a pencil skirt.
Pailette Fringe Skirt at St. John, $995
Dolce & Gabbana Rose Print Cady Pencil Skirt at Nordstrom, $995
Pavel Power Skirt at BCBG Maxazria, $149
QUENNY Scallop Pencil Skirt at Ted Baker, $295
Layer for WorkThere is no greater hassle than planning a convertible wardrobe when you’re constantly racing between meetings, appointments, and dinner dates. While you flex your multi-tasking skills like a true boss, your sexy cocktail party dress isn’t necessarily HR appropriate. Cover up those bare shoulders with a polished blazer or comfortable cardigan to achieve a look that will pass any performance review (on fashion, of course).
Chambray Regent Blazer with Ruffle Trim at J. Crew, $168
Iliana Blazer at Tory Burch, $495
Tweed Fringe Cropped Jacket at Brooks Brothers, $348
Merino Givenchy Wool Cardigan at Nordstrom, $1,350
Pick the Right HeelYour 9-to-5 black pumps are all good and fun, but planning a post-work outing calls for a dose of playtime. Rather than riding the elevator in your simple patent leather go-to pumps, find a set with a dashing aptitude for emboldened elegance. Spot heels with added hardware and glints of shimmer that but the “happy” in happy hour.
The Meshwork Pump at Stuart Weitzman, $495
Slingback Sandal at Fendi, $800
Valentino ‘Rockstud Pump’ at Nordstrom
Christian Louboutin Neoalto Mesh Pump at Nordstrom, $795
It’s All in the Bag“Carrying a massive work tote on a night out is fun and practical,” – said no woman ever. A classic trick when planning a day-to-night look is to keep a small clutch within your work purse, making transitions as simple as swapping out your key essentials in the car. Embellished clutches and compact crossbody bags are ideal for any evening setting.
Shoulder Bag at Emilio Pucci, $1,365
Petite Malle at Louis Vuitton, $5,500
Furla Candy Metropolis Mini Crossbody at Bloomingdale’s, $178
YSL Monogram Leather Clutch at Nordstrom, $1,295