One of the biggest problems with commuting to work or living in a big city is the transition from work clothes to evening wear. If you’re dressing for a full day’s work but equally want to find an outfit that is the right level of elegance and fun for your evening shenanigans, it can be a challenge. Dressing for the right level of formality for work is important, but so is making sure your outfit allows you to feel confident and to enjoy your evening, whatever your plans may be.
If you live in a metropolis like London, or commute from neighboring areas into the centre of a big city, it is often too time consuming to go home to change outfit. At the same time, bringing a fresh set of clothes into work to change into after office hours just adds extra complications to your day. The solution is finding an outfit that does both work and play and, luckily for you, I am here to provide some tips on how to go about it…
Rule One: Monochromatic and Minimalistic
Colors are an enormous factor in deciding how presentable your appearance is. What colors you wear to the workplace say a lot about you and you are always going to be better off going for less color than more. When it comes to finding an outfit that is multifunctional and versatile, this applies even more so.
Monochromatic clothes are less decisive and allow you to blend into more environments than an outfit that draws attention for its vigorous presentation. Simplistic outfits are generally smarter and allow the other features of your outfit and appearance to stand out and grab attention in a more subtle way.
While colors like red, purple, and greens can work in offices and workplaces, it is usually better to go for more controled and less impressionable colors like blacks, whites, and grays. Blues are also a safe and comforting color but, whatever you wear, try to keep the range of colors to a minimum. Black is generally considered the most advisable color to wear to work, it is a formal color but it is also the color most associated with intelligence and confidence.
Rule Two: Quality Talks
The next rule of thumb is to have a reliable high-quality dress for when you do need an outfit for work and play. If your dress is of good quality, it’s going to be empowering no matter the occasion. Combined with the monochromatic and minimalistic approach, a subtle but good quality dress should do all the talking.
You don’t need to dress in bright colors or patterns to warrant attention – a simple and quality little black dress will flatter you. You can’t go wrong with a quality, monochromatic dress at work. Moreover, with a few a minor alterations to your outfit, you’ll be standing in elegant evening wear that can’t be questioned. Which brings us to the next point.
Rule Three: Accessorize and Adapt
The most efficient way of making at outfit go from work wear to evening wear is by concentrating on the little customizable components of your appearance. I have previously discussed my love of small details and examined accessories that add flair to your outfit. I am a firm advocate of the little things.
Small accessories can dictate just how formal or informal your outfit is. If you’re wearing something like an all-black Hepburn dress, those little bits of jewelry or a cardigan may make the difference between your outfit being work clothes or party clothes. Jewelry, hats, handbags, and your type of shoes can all hugely impact the level of formality your outfit expresses. Small items like these are far easier to bring into work from afar than an entirely new set of clothes and can be far more effective than you might think!
Disclosure: This article is provided by a guest author.