I pretty much live in jeans and skinnies on weekends. In my closet there’re a few slightly fancy dresses for special occasions, like weddings and birthday parties. Sundresses, beach cover-ups, casual tees and tunics are adequate, but there aren’t too many dresses that I can wear with tights for work – which would be a great combo for chilly spring nights, by the way. It’s my mission this week to hunt down a few HR-approved outfits appropriate for both the office and after-hours drinks.
I’ve been looking for an all-occasion skater dress for quite a while. This one’s miracle-working silhouette highlights the smallest part of the waist before flaring out. The bright palette is appropriate and fun at the same time, while sartorial details are kept minimal for a professional effect.
Color-blocking is one of my favorite ways to get out of a style rut. It adds a modern edge to that boring business blazer. I’d temper the girly design of this dress with menswear-inspired accessories.
Any flouncy skirt or skater dress becomes office-ready with the addition of a smart jacket. Done in a wonderfully season-appropriate floral print, this tailored topper can make even a sleeveless blouse office-ready, not to mention it’s always great to have a light layer on hand in an air-conditioned office.
To spice things up in the office, why not work an adorable print into a classic cut? Case in point is this tailored button-down complete in blooming florals. Not only does it look more refreshing than plaid or stripes, but the dark palette keeps it workplace-appropriate too.
A midi skirt is the best complement to even the most over-the-top and colorful heels. The demure and ladylike box pleats make this one look even better. I’d tuck in a crisp shirt and wear pointed heels for a figure-flattering look.
These flowing dress pants can instantly polish up any outfit with a smack of insouciant sophistication. Everyone loves a good matching set, so when wearing it to work for the first time, I’d pair it with a tonal, fitted button down to balance the pants’ voluminous cut.
The pencil skirt is almost THE essential skirt silhouette for the office. This belted option hits mid-calf with a slim cut, whose longer length easily breathes sophistication into everyday wear. When the weather gets hotter I’d tuck in a cami and layer on a lightweight blazer to finish.
You need a business-appropriate bag, and there’s something irresistible about the always prim-and-proper Boston bag. It provides more than enough room for you to tote around necessities – I can even fit in my trainers to avoid carrying a separate gym bag. A dainty handbag might be the perfect accent to polish up an outfit, but for everyday use, I always side with cool, gigantic styles.
A pair of pointed toe flats is one of my must-haves for shoes, for many reasons including its architectural cut that adds polish. Though lacking high heels, this pair is suitable for comfortable all-day wear, while its sleek silhouette is sophisticated enough for office and beyond.
The mule versions of heels are all the rage now, but before going into this SS15 trend, let’s start with little side cutouts for a similar effect. With a slightly lower stiletto heel and metal accents at the heel and toe, this classy pair allows for easy transitions from the office to after-hours cocktails.