4 Min ReadLifestyle 30 November 2017
The lines of office appropriate and after-work chic are now being blurred as there is a heavy influence of tailored suiting in fashion today. Companies from Gucci to Zara are showing complete suit looks and we are seeing a ton of women off the clock sporting these tailored looks. The trick here learning how to blend both the day look with the after-work power look.
Here are some tips on how to keep your office day outfits versatile for a seamless nighttime transition.
1. Suit Up
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If the suit fits, it's appropriate for work and cool for that after-work event. The fit is the key here. Take the extra step in having the suit altered by a tailor. There is magic in alterations –– a minor nip and slight shortening can instantly elevate the power of the suit. A fun after work option would be to ditch the blouse and throw on a fun vintage tee.
2. Play With Proportion
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Contrasting proportions offer a fresh spin on office wear. This includes pairing longer jackets with shorter skirts and pant styles.
3. Don't Be Afraid Of Contrast In Length
Contrasting cuff and hem lengths further personalize the look. Three-quarter length sleeve blazers and sweaters pair perfectly with longer sleeves, thus providing the perfect opportunity to showcase a statement blouse. Asymmetrical skirt or dress hems have great movement and are fun for happy hour.
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4. Crop Fit Is Lit
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Cropped trousers are a must-have staple as they pair wonderfully with traditional work shoes and instantly transform once styled with sexy stilettos or sleek booties. For an edgier downtown look, shoes with creeper styles, clunky sneakers or aggressive Vetements style boots add that instant cool.
5. More shoe Talk
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Shoes are so essential, they deserve a second mention –– for they are the true game changer when it comes to making your looks versatile. After work, spice things up with up with a sassy stiletto or dress things way down with a fun sneaker. I am personally loving the taller glove booties because they feed nicely under pant thinning and elongating the leg.
6. Prints Please
There is an art to print mixing and once mastered, it completely ups your style game. It's a smart and dynamic method for work yet cool and fun for after. The key is to make sure contrasting prints share similar to complementary color schemes. The same print in different scales is a hot option. For a more fashion-forward look pair the same print in contrasting colors.
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7. Accessorize, Accessorize
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The powerful little details pack a major punch. Play around with statement jewelry for that extra oomph!
8. Make Your Outerwear Work For You
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With cold weather upon us, outerwear is an important factor in the overall look. Punch things up with a bright colored coat, add texture with wool/cashmere, or contrast with a clashing print. Don't be afraid to clash! It's a secret power.
9. Let Your Lips Do The Talking
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As you wrap up your to-do list and head out of the office, putting on a red or dark lip adds an instant dose of fabulousness to the look that will have you ready to go out on the town.
10. Own Your Nighttime Presence With A Fresh Scent
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On your way out from your desk, switch up your fragrance to a more seductive musky scent. Roll-ons are very convenient, easy and fit perfectly into your handbag or desk drawer.
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