Going straight from work to play requires some procedure-like day to night planning. Depending on the fashion leniency of your workplace, the pant/shirt combo really doesn’t quite cut it for cocktails with your girlfriends. But lugging a duffel bag of spare clothes to change into after work is enough to put a stopper on the idea also!
What if we told you, you can balance work with play? The key is to select a versatile statement piece which is both work-friendly and fashion savvy to transform your outfit from day to night. Then, all you have to worry about is the finer details. Let’s face it, stashing statement earrings and a tube of red lippie is much simpler than carrying with you an entire outfit.
Look to outfits that conform to your office dress rules, but go for style and detail that will transform the outfit into a perfect night look. Embellishments, asymmetrical cuts and shoes & accessories are all things to look for when selecting the perfect day to night outfit.
Day To Night Outfits To Take You From Work To Play
1. The LBD With A Twist
Selecting a classic black dress is ‘safe’ enough to carry you throughout the day at the office, and can easily be glammed up for night. The trick here is to look for a black dress with an edge. This Shakuhachi long sleeve black dress is perfect for both day and night dressing. The interesting details found in the geometric detailed lace and mesh mini slip is enough to make it special for a nighttime soiree, while the full length sleeves and elegant high neckline is versatile enough for work. To dress it up, add a pair of statement drop earrings and select heels which are comfortable enough to take you from day to night; think a strappy kitten heel or even ankle boots.
2. Pantsuits Aren’t Just For The Office
There was a time when pants on a woman denoted strictly business only. Well no more. Wearing a suit to work doesn’t have to be formal and stuffy. In fact, the modern pantsuit has been given an overhaul and has been a favourite red carpet alternative to a dress. Actress Evan Rachel Wood recently wowed the crowd when she chose to wear a custom panstuit at this year’s Golden Globes. The best thing about this is that the panstuit can just as well adapt to your daytime office wear, and re-adapt to nighttime play. The perfect day to night outfit, a panstuit such as this Ottavia Panstuit by Misha Collection can be easily transformed with a stacked heel and a statement cuff.
3. The Peplum Dress
The peplum dress is one of those miracle outfits that maintain a corporate feel but with a playful twist. Much like Matthew McConaughey in a suit. So it’s no wonder why this one makes the list of perfect day to night outfits. If you feel a little too dressed-up in the office, consider wearing a blazer or a formal cardi and simply discard it when it’s time to to kick back your heels. Choosing a style in a bright colour such as this red Alex Perry dress will add instant glamour and leave you with less to do. Simply freshen up the face, pop on some bold lippy and voila! Your day look is instantly transformed into a night look without the hassle of a lunch-break cubicle change.
4. It’s In The Details, Darling
People notice details. Let’s rephrase that. People should notice details. Have you ever seen an outfit mind-bendingly delicious but then took in the shoes that clash or the jewelry that seems to overpower? When it comes to day to night outfits, most of the time the transformation can be made simply by adding a quality statement piece or something that will ‘lift’ your outfit and take it to the next level. This can be made with a clutch or a statement necklace, or even a tailored blazer. If you are wearing a black pantsuit for example, try adding a metallic evening clutch for instant play. The same can be achieved with hair & makeup; before your night out, make sure to pack in your work bag some of the essential grooming tools – a bold lipstick, a compact and an eyeliner to create a winged eye. This way you can quickly duck to the office bathrooms or pull out your compact mirror at your desk and freshen up your face for the night ahead. You can see our full range of accessories to rent for some day to night transformation inspiration!
So next time you find yourself short on time and needing to go straight from the office to dinner, stress no more! There are plenty of ways you can still look evening-ready in daytime wear. Play around with accessories and note attention to small details such as your makeup or hair. Earrings and statement jewelry pieces can make all the difference in taking an outfit from corporate to elegant; play around with different pieces and seek inspiration from our website – we’ve got you covered!