s the summer comes to a meandering end, your working wardrobe needs to become a multipurpose ensemble, ready for the days when the 9 to 5 bleeds over into the night. You need hardworking outfits which can carry you through from all-day meetings to that last minute dinner date; a put-together look which serves you effectively at your desk but with a few tweaks, epitomises effortless glam in the evening. For those busy days when you don’t have time to rush home before your evening plans, whether it be a networking event, drinks with friends or a hot date, you need an outfit that suits both day and night. Carrying around a change of dress is certainly not on the agenda, so do like the pros do and with a sprinkling of good planning, get the office-hours to happy-hour look executed to perfection.
- The Little Black Dress -
Shop the look | Clean Seam Midi by Topshop | Blur Navy Leather Shoes by Lucy Choi | Paris Chip Rever Jacket by Jigsaw | Campbell Black Suede Heel by Lucy Choi | Red Python Pouch by Allegra London | Duet Pearl Earrings by Ora Pearls
The LBD is a classic go-to and for good reason – it’s an excellent base from which to dress up should the need arise. There are many ways to style the little black dress like a boss, but for a classic desk to dinner look we have selected the Clean Seam Midi from Topshop. Providing the simplest of silhouettes, pair with Blur Navy Leather Shoes and Paris Chip Rever Jacket from Jigsaw during the day for understated smart, before leaving the jacket at work and stepping into the Lucy Choi statement Campbell Black Suede Heels. Don’t forget a standout pouch for your essentials; Allegra London’s Red Python Pouch will look sensational matched with a slick of red lipstick.
- Day to Night Diamonds -
Jewellery is the obvious choice for embellishing an otherwise neutral outfit. Be brave and choose a statement necklace to stand out from the crowd.The Magnesite Stone and Crystals Necklace by Helou Designs looks stunning paired with the Gina dress in red by Cecily. Carry the necklace in a jewellery pouch alongside a pair of Duet Pearl Earrings from Ora Pearls to set off a luxurious look. After a hard days deal closing, remove the professional and chic Harmony Relaxed Fit Coat by Reiss, and get ready to let your hair down. Carry a compact of eye shadows and blush in your bag to add more definition to your face for the lower evening light, simply buff a matte grey into your eye socket line and top up your blusher. Finish the look with a dab of clear lip gloss and a spritz of your favourite perfume.
- Layer to Perfection -
A not-so-obvious choice is the ‘jumper over a dress’ option, which is big in the fashion circles this season. Try layering the lusciously soft Emma Jane Knight Cashmere Jumper over the Viktoria Chan Bond Mini-Dress; the lighter the jumper the more appropriate for these not quite summer, not quite winter months. Buckle up during the day with one of the EmmaJane Knight Leather Belts in red, before breathing a sigh of relief, loosening up and revealing your fashion-forward choice hidden underneath. The Baia Small Drawstring Bag in Charcoal Suede will be sure to see you through both desk duty and date night. The perfect compliment to this simple ensemble is an ultra-glossy shellac manicure, go for a high-shine apricot colour to compliment the detailing on your dress.
- Suit Up -
Shop the look | Gabriel Pencil Skirt by Reiss | Gabriel Jacket by Reiss | Blue Waterfall Cotton Shirt by Motherland of Shirts | Whitehall Black Shoes by Lucy Choi | Bonas Black Multi Flower Print Heels by Lucy Choi | Silver Fenestra Earrings by House of Demu
If the day calls for a suit, look no further than the Gabrielle suit from Reiss. The salt and pepper colouring is a timeless addition to any working wardrobe, featuring a figure-flattering slim fit and boasting an element of versatility essential for your office needs. Tuck in Motherland of Shirts’ Blue Waterfall Cotton Shirt for daytime smart, before removing the jacket for after hours leisure time. Swap Lucy Choi’s Whitehall Black Shoes for the Bonas Black Multi Flower Print Heels for added glamour; let your heels do the talking as you relax with a glass of chilled white wine. Transform your hair by keeping it up in a high bun throughout the day, before letting it down with a spritz of scented hair-spray.
- Evening Embellishment -
For the day when you’re halfway out the door before remembering your evening theatre plans, look no further than an embellished bag. Easy enough to grab on your way out, a standout clutch can be more than enough to dress up your usual attire. The Changing Factor Alien Clutch in sole is the luxurious go-to evening bag that can be carried or worn cross body. The Hobbs Twitchill Dress in grey is smart enough for the professional day, but oozes enough glamour to wear at any upmarket event. A pair of neutral mid heels such as the Lucy Choi Ruby Pink Snake Heels should offer you the perfect transitional shoe that can be worn from desk till dinner and beyond.
Words by Holly Ormiston