WORK TO DINNER
Since I’m always on the go, I need looks that can take me straight from work meetings to dinner, drinks or that last minute event I was invited to. How many times have you found yourself in various situations where being dressed in a “work to dinner” outfit could have come in very handy. Stuck in another city with work? Long commute home and no time to change for dinner with friends or dinner date? We’ve all been there…
As much as I love dressing up for every occasion accordingly, it often seems that time is never on my side. And because ticking of the clock is inevitable, I’ve come up with a few tricks to maximise that precious little moment between finishing work and heading to dinner. And what better dress will transform your smart work outfit to chic dinner look in a snap than this perfect Little Black Dress from Wallis? When dressing in the morning with dinner after work in mind, always think about starting your look with a simple backdrop for your outfit. The canvas upon which you will layer and load with interchangeable accessories and other clothing items, but if your dress has its own pretty detailing, then find a way to show it off either during the day or evening. It’s all about the gorgeous waterfall frill sleeves on my dress, so it was a no brainer to make them the most prominent feature for my Dinner outfit.
Usually, I’d add a blazer or a smart trench for work meetings, but to emphasise the sleeves once again I decided to wear a simple silk sheer shirt underneath. Any colour would do. The colour of your shirt, blouse or even a polo neck could be a good indicator of what other accessories you might want to add to the workwear look, including jewellery. The orange hues in my shirt go really well with the tan block heels I’m wearing whereas my large black tote helps keep the entire look classy and smart.
For my dinner look I added a simple black belt and got rid of the shirt. If you notice, it completely transforms the dress highlighting my silhouette. You could totally wear a blazer or a trench with this dress for Dinner, but I felt that a leather biker makes this a tad more casual. I swapped my large laptop tote for a smaller statement bag and completed the look with some metallic heels. Pom Pom clips are of course optional, but whether you are entertaining clients after work or heading out to a dinner date, I think this look will work perfectly for any dinner format.
So if you think about it, all I had to bring with me in the morning (in that big tote) is a black belt, a smaller clutch and high heels. No need for an extra jacket as you can wear your favourite outerwear over this dress morning or night.
How would you style this dress from Desk to Dinner?
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(Images by the lovely Jess)
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