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.
Even those of us, or maybe especially those of us, who look at fashion on a near-daily basis can get stuck in a routine. You know the drill. It’s late and all you have time for are yesterday’s skirt, a blouse and a dry-shampooed up-do. Now, if you are lucky, your combo is something tried and true that works for you. However, when life gets busy repeatedly and skirts don’t get repaired, and your trusty blouse is in the wash- over time, what was once tried and true can turn into ill-fitting or just a bit stale.
You don’t really need that much to shake up your look. When our minds are too clogged with the important things in life, to be truly creative with our closets, we at Boardroom Belles just fake it. An empty canvas can be hard to start with. So we don’t. Our top two techniques for creating new outfits are:
1) Bring It In: Take a completely sensible outfit that (in your mind) is boring but fits together perfectly. Then swap out one item for a major statement piece.
This trick works especially well for office appropriate looks. Take the outfit below left, where we swapped a royal blue pleat skirt into a perfectly boring, standard interview outfit. Suddenly, the outfit is great for a casual office day.
2.) 50/50 or Top To Bottom: Take two random outfits that are well co-ordinated in themselves but unrelated to each other. Then swap either the top and bottom of each or a random 50% of the pieces to make two completely new outfits.
We can guarantee you at least one of those will work in an unexpected way. At the very least, it will give you a new starting point. That’s exactly what we did with the outfit below where we swapped around items from a crayon-happy weekend outfit (some sort of jeans, some sort of striped sweater, glittery sneakers) with items from a standard workday-turned-to-cocktail outfit (blue statement skirt, yellow clutch).
And before you scoff at us metropolitan, geekster-yuppy fashionistas with high heels on the brain, whose outfits couldn’t possibly work in the real world – just give the two tricks above a go. Because we promise, the only stuff you find in your closet is stuff you (
let your mom/wife/relative) put there.
Sometimes the best outfits are made from items just hanging around in your closet. Sometimes all we need is a little push past our own inhibitions. And sometimes the best start we can get, is just any start at all.
Green with Striped Sleeves via asos.com, $65/ J.Crew white shirt
, $70 / Theory single button blazer
, $ 395 / ASOS pleated knee length skirt
, $45 / GUESS evening shoes
, $25 / Vince Camuto Black Pumps via vincecamuto.com , $250 / Topshop large zippered tote bag
,$ 80/ Yellow purse
, $80 / Bib necklace
, $21 / GUESS Watch ?
, $94 / Timex wrist watch
, $ 75