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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.
Welcome to our new Friday column – From Desk Til Dawn! We’re so excited for this extra post. We’ve noticed that blog traffic is pretty high Friday afternoons. Can’t imagine why anybody would be distracted from fascinating case studies or cash flows when all one has got to look forward to is a fresh drink in hand and too much free time on their hands, but hey. So we thought we’d feed your blog cravings by adding this extra column. Let us know how you like the column in the comments!
For this Friday’s feature, I chose a simple shift dress. Personally I prefer when my shifts have sleeves and I adore the little cap sleeves on this one. I also think Navy – as opposed to black – is an extremely flattering color on most of every skin type and is just as versatile as its darker friend.
During the day, I like to add coverage by layering a really thin blouse in a soft material under my shift dresses. Preferably one with a tie-neck as that adds detail to the neckline. This Friday I kept it simple with classic pumps and adding nude accessories (I just LOVE this belt!). Add a pop of color with a bright, happy tote that can hold all your evening gear. Stash it in your office drawer before you leave at night, so you don’t have to lug it all over town.
Shift dresses can be a bit formal, since they are (or at least they should be *sternlookovermyrimlessglasses*) knee-length. So for a night out on the town, I’d try to get away from their simple elegance by adding bit of rocker chic with metal accents. I think this sleek ankle boot looks fierce without being too clunky. I ADORE this metal blazer – it has just the right kind of taupe and shine to look glamourous and yet spunky. And the waterfall drape perfectly softens the moto chic cut. A chunky necklace in metal tones, black studs and a taupe boxy clutch complete the look.
It happens. You spill coffee over your suit right before an important pitch, you have to attend a last-minute client meeting or the airline lost your luggage. Sometimes, when you are in a crunch, all you have time for is one store. That’s why every Monday we will show you how to pull together an office-appropriate look on a budget from the one store you come across…
Under normal circumstances, I probably wouldn’t wear an all-Target outfit to the office because I generally prefer to mix more classic items with inexpensive accessories. But this set goes to show that even when you are in a pinch, you can pull together something presentable from a budget store.
Cropped pants that fit are much easier to find than full length trousers, especially when you are tall and in a hurry. Since the material clearly isn’t the most expensive, you might as well go for a color pop in a rich jewel tone. For the rest of the outfit, I’d stick to items as classic as possible – navy pumps, navy blazer, silver studs and a structured bag.