After yesterday’s post, I received quite a few emails about how exactly to take a work look straight from the office to happy hour / date night / girl party at the local wine bar. Every outfit & destination is, of course, it’s own situation but making 3 subtle changes will make a world of difference no matter what you’re wearing or where you’re going, & most importantly, who you’re meeting.
Desk: Work bag | Drinks: Oversized clutch
You can still pour all of the essentials from your day bag into your happy hour hand-held, just leave the unnecessary bulk at the office. There’s no need for your 3 inch planner & 16 different hand lotions at the local watering hole
Desk: Nude lip | Drinks: Dark [seasonal] lip
If you can get away with a colored lip in the halls of your office then more power to you. If not, leave the dark stuff in your desk drawer ’til it’s quittin’ time & stick with a lighter look during daylight hours. When it’s a little warmer out, I gravitate towards a pop of pink for most outdoor occasions
Desk: Patent pumps | Drinks: Metallic flats
The last thing I’m interested in doing after 8+ hours in 3 inch heels is frolicking around town in another or, even worse, the same pair of heels. Read my lips: Flats don’t have to be dull. Invest in a fun pair to slip into once the bar specials roll around. By closing time, you’ll be thankful that you did!
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Kohl’s blazer, sweater, pants [all on sale] | Pour La Victoire shoes [similar] [love these] H&M bag [obsessed with this one] | Saks Fifth Avenue Black lip in Gold Rush | Outrage Fashion necklace [similar] | Michael Kors watch | CC Skye bracelet | JCrew bracelet
I like to plan my outfits in advance when I’m traveling for work so it cuts down on the bs in my suitcase & so I’m not left staring at 14 options when I wake up & all I can think about is what kind of continental breakfast situation is going on in the lobby.
These are the types of days where it’s especially important for me to take my desk attire to drinks with the fewest tweaks possible. In this case, I switched out a pair of wide leg suit trousers for a fabby pair of black skinnies I recently found at Kohl’s. I could have opted to keep the wide leg pantaloons & trade out my top for a sweater or flowy white blouse but this blazer is just too good to part with. Fun fact: I may or may not have worn it three times since last week.
That bag look familiar? It’s the same one I used as my carry on a day prior. Multi-purposing people. It’s what makes the world go round. [Editor's note: I just came across the multi-season bag with its own clutch, thank you very much. It may quite literally be the perfect desk to drinks bag solution]
What’s your favorite & most versatile piece in your closet that makes going from desk to drinks a cinch?
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