From Desk to Dinner

As 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.
We feel the struggle, so we’ve gathered our best tips and tricks for dressing from desk to dinner.

Keep It Simple

Think 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.
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Cape Detail Silk Wrap Dress at Burberry, $995
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Viscose Jersey Ruffle Dress at Gucci, $1,980
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Yoko Dress at Sandro, $395
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DVF Milena Sheath Dress at Diane von Furstenberg, $398

Incorporate Playful Jewelry

From 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.
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Paris Nouvelle Vague Necklace at Cartier, $42,900
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Elsa Peretti Quadrifoglio Pendant at Tiffany & Co., $1,450
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Necklace Bahia at Pomellato, $48,200
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Calabrotes Necklace at Artisocrazy, $835


Finding 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.
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Pailette Fringe Skirt at St. John, $995
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Dolce & Gabbana Rose Print Cady Pencil Skirt at Nordstrom, $995
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Pavel Power Skirt at BCBG Maxazria, $149
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QUENNY Scallop Pencil Skirt at Ted Baker, $295

Layer for Work

There 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).
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Chambray Regent Blazer with Ruffle Trim at J. Crew, $168
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Iliana Blazer at Tory Burch, $495
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Tweed Fringe Cropped Jacket at Brooks Brothers, $348
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Merino Givenchy Wool Cardigan at Nordstrom, $1,350

Pick the Right Heel

Your 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.
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The Meshwork Pump at Stuart Weitzman, $495
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Slingback Sandal at Fendi, $800
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Valentino ‘Rockstud Pump’ at Nordstrom
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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.
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Shoulder Bag at Emilio Pucci, $1,365
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Petite Malle at Louis Vuitton, $5,500
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Furla Candy Metropolis Mini Crossbody at Bloomingdale’s, $178
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YSL Monogram Leather Clutch at Nordstrom, $1,295

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