Working all day with a big night out on the horizon is more of a mission than many of us would choose to accept. But hey, sometimes it’s got to be done. Sure, those emails need answering and that report absolutely has to be on the boss’s desk by the end of the day, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t go out and enjoy yourself once your working day is done. After all, when cocktail hour calls, what’s a girl to do?
Cramped bathrooms, blurred mirrors and limited time appear to be in collusion when it comes to prepping for the post-work party; truth be told, it’s easier said than done. Luckily, we’ve listed some tips to take you from desk to dancefloor – without breaking the bank. Fashion on a budget doesn’t have to be dull, and we’re confident that we can elevate your work wardrobe so that your evening look is still spot on.
Stand Out from the Crowd
Rule one of desk to dancefloor dressing? Make a statement. After all, a little showing off can go a long way in the age of Instagram, Snapchat and spontaneous selfies. Whilst you want something that’s bold, you shouldn’t go too OTT for the office. Keep your silhouette simple but up the ante with prints; the best way to attract attention – in the boardroom and beyond – is to appear effortless.
A floral contrast dress will give you the best of both worlds with just the right level of vibrancy. Midi dresses are great for the office since they have a demure charm that’s equally elegant for the evening.
Layer Up the Right Way
Whether sipping a much-needed morning coffee or enjoying a clocking off cocktail, a little layering can work wonders on an understated outfit. Throw on a jacket to add some pizzazz to your look, and don’t forget to style according to the season. A patterned bomber jacket will come in handy during those trans-seasonal months, but on warmer days, you should opt for something lighter and more breathable; a floral kimono jacket will be your favourite go-to come summer.
Accentuate with Accessories
Accessories are key to any outfit, especially when you’re dressing for work as well as a night out. A combination of fine accessories can allow your personality to shine through – all the way from work to the wine bar. Be sure to choose appropriately – that choker necklace may be a hit with your friends, but it definitely won’t go down as well with your colleagues. Something more sophisticated and elegant, such as a layered chain necklace and earrings, will turn heads for all the right reasons.
Step Up Your Shoe Game
Whether it’s the warm cosiness of winter boots or the free feeling of summer sandals, the perfect pair of shoes can make or break an outfit (not to mention our sanity: there’s truly nothing worse than painfully uncomfortable shoes). Picking the right ones to wear for an evening is difficult enough, but finding a versatile enough pair that they can be worn all day – and then all night – well, that’s a challenge. Remedy the situation with a pair of classic, block-heeled pumps; stylish and comfortable, they’re ideal for wearing from AM to PM.
Enliven Those Locks
It is a truth universally acknowledged that no night can begin before you’ve styled your hair. After a day spent in the office however, it’s typical that your locks can start to look a little lacklustre. Always give your hair the attention it deserves before you head out for the evening; refresh it by applying a styling product which adds texture and volume, and give it a once-over with your hair brush. Hair accessories are perfect for transforming your tresses too; go haute hippie with a floral hair band, or look to diamante-encrusted bobby pins for true Hollywood hair.