A month ago I was invited to attend Color Mix 2016, a Sherwin-Williams event for Interior Designers and other trade folks. It’s an opportunity to preview the new color forecast and see the new palettes available and what inspired them. It was my first year attending and it was a lot of fun. When I attend business events, regardless of how casual I know others may arrive (as there is more of a laid-back vibe in Florida), I always aim to remain more polished and professional because it’s a time to mingle and you never know who you will meet, not to mention it’s a sign of respect.
As I was laying out my outfit for the evening, looking at these essential basic separates ( my new Ann Taylor flared skirt + a black lace detail tank ) I had put together, it sparked an idea to write today’s post focusing on how to take a classy outfit from day to night using the same key pieces worn 2 different ways. In my case, I chose to wear the same peep toe pumps as they complemented both outfits however in other instances, I will slip on a different pair of shoes (especially if I wore flats during the day).
The daytime look with my tweed blazer is actually the evening look I wore out to the event. I wanted to wear a jacket in this particular case because back in March the temps were still dropping once the sun went down and the weather was cooler overall. Ideally this look can be worn for either day or night however, I wanted to provide an option that allowed for a more casual, relaxed vibe that is still classy but a bit sexy if you’re heading out for cocktails with your girlfriends or a weeknight date with your man. It’s a look I wear when going from meeting clients to enjoying dinner out with my husband or girlfriends. Instead of black separates, you could just as easily replace them with a little black dress (sheath and shift dresses are great options) depending on where you’re heading after hours.
For the purpose of sharing a sleek low ponytail for the evening look when these photos were shot, I left my hair straight. However, before my actual event which was a couple hours later, I took the time to curl my hair as I almost always do when heading out for the evening (here’s a pic on my way to the event).
I removed the blazer for the second look, pulled my hair up and swapped out the large handbag for a red faux croc clutch for a pop of color and instead of the more tame drop pearl earrings, I replaced them with chandelier style earrings with accents of black + gold as well as a gold statement ring and leopard print bracelet. What I’ve found, is that the smartest thing to do is place a clutch inside of your daytime handbag along with a small jewelry pouch with what you plan to swap out and any makeup you wish to apply later in the day such as darker eye shadow, eyeliner or bolder shade of lipstick for the evening, it makes getting ready in the office ladies room a cinch.
To me, skirts and dresses are one of the easiest ways to transform office-appropriate attire into an evening-ready look. Below are a few of my favorite staple pieces right now in basic black as well as softer spring-inspired hues that can all be worn to work and beyond, many of which are currently on sale!
What are your favorite ways to take your office style out on the town?
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