Ahhh Fridays. The day you can’t wait to scramble out of the office and make it to Happy Hour. Preferably without any detours. That’s why in this feature, we’ll show you how to take your work outfit from day to night, with only a few minor tweaks.
One of the most popular features on our blog is Copy Cat Cool, where we demonstrate how to translate celebrity looks to the office. A recurring, favorite subject in that category is the Duchess of Cambridge - whose impeccable style can easily be converted into something office appropriate with a few minor tweaks. And yes, shame on us, we’re some of these awful people who still occasionally refer to the Duchess by her maiden name.
So how do you copy her style when you spend you spend your Saturday afternoons sipping cocktails with friends in the City instead of attending the Queen’s Garden Party? Let alone, that you cannot afford showing up to the office in an outfit so full of pastels it would make an Easter egg envious.
First, you loose any accessories or style elements that scream wedding or royals-only: hats, fascinators, pearl earrings, a dress and coat of the same color => they’ve all got to go.
Next, you pick out your favorite style elements: a streamlined coat in an interesting pattern (see below), a belt that lends an interesting silhouette to an otherwise boring coat, those amazing nude pumps, a fabulous color block, a great office appropriate dress shape etc. Pick one or two and try to incorporate those into your outfit instead of just mindlessly copying the entire thing. That, we can guarantee, will only lead to disaster, especially when pastels are involved.
Finally, when you stand in front of the mirror to check your outfit – ask yourself: Who would like this outfit better – my boss or a 90-ish year old lady whose hats always match her coats?
To demonstrate, we put together a set below translating an outfit the Duchess wore to the Queen’s Garden Party in May 2013 to both, the office and a casual afternoon with friends. Our favorite aspect of her outfit was that streamlined, structured Emilia Wickstead coat in a yellow-white pattern – an excellent alternative of which is available via Zara. We paired the coat with classic white pants, a navy shell, minimal jewelry and just as the Duchess did, added a nude bag and shoes.
On the right, we dressed down the coat with jeans and a simple white tee – adding a few playful and colorful accessories with a summery vibe.
Windsmoor sleeveless tank top, ca. $ 90 / Monki tee via monki.com, ca. $ 20 / Zarashort coat, $ 100 / True Religion true religion Jeans, $ 300 / Wide pants Expres, $62 / Pour La Victoire leather wedge sandals, $123 / Zara tassel shoes, $80 / Rachael Ruddickshopper handbag, $ 380 / H&M handbag, ca. $12 / Marc by Marc Jacobs studded jewelry,$ 70 / H&M Necklace sparkle jewelry, $ 22 / H&M bracelet jewelry, $ 10/ Target Cära 2 Set Of Studs – Gold/Rosegold, $ 17