Where office-to-out dressing is concerned, versatility is key. Sometimes, it’s not feasible to bring an entire change of outfit to work so you’ll need an arsenal of easy-to-elevate pieces in your wardrobe. To help inspire you, we’ve pulled together 6 office-to-out essentials you can shop straight from this post…
1 / As a nation, we’re really time poor so investing in quick fixes like a jumpsuit is a smart move. During working hours, consider layering with a fine knit roll neck under your jumpsuit (see our post Beat the aircon chill: a lesson in layering for tips!). Revealing less skin will not only keep you warm on chillier days but you’ll feel less ‘overdressed’ in the office. Of course, come the EOP you can whip off the roll neck and dress up with jewellery. Fresh white kicks pair effortlessly with a jumpsuit as do mules, but for the evening – switch to heels for extra polish.
2 / Heels are a bone of contention amongst women. Some have an enviable ability (read: super power) to wear stilettos for 8 hours without complaint. Others (myself included) are unable to wear them for as much as an hour without the need to relieve stinging soles in warm water. But – if bag space is at a premium and you can’t bring a spare pair to the office, we think we’ve found the perfect compromise. Cue these gorgeous block heel beauties… With luxury cushioning, flexi soles and mouldable padding, who said you can’t be comfortable and stylish? Say no more… ✔️
3 / If you can’t bear to go from desk to dinner in the same thing you’ve been wearing since 7am, we recommend having an ‘easy-to-swap top‘ on standby. Think – something fabulous with dramatic detail whether it’s intricate lace, fluted sleeves, ruffles or embellishment. Pro tip: opt for a print or all over pattern if you’re commuting as creases won’t appear obvious. Roll it up in your bag then hang it up as soon as you get to your desk.
4 / Whether you’re transporting a change of clothes or simply want room for your make-up, a sleek carry-all bag is essential for office-to-out activities. You also need to consider a style that’ll complement your evening look. Black is forever a failsafe but don’t rule out a lovely chestnut brown or statement colour to add interest to your outfit. Of course size is important. If you’d rather not rack up multiple cloakroom fees, invest in something generous enough to carry a spare pair of flats, perfume and essential cosmetics.
5 / Statement pieces like this stripe skirt will not only afford you endless compliments from colleagues but it’ll effortlessly carry you from desk to dinner – all year round! Wear now with an oversize knit, tights and ankle boots (for day) then smarten up for the evening by losing the tights and replacing with a blouse and heels.
6 / The final office-to-out essential is a blazer. No longer the reserve of workwear, blazers have become an integral part of our everyday wardrobes. The structure provided by a blazer instantly elevates the rest of your outfit, making it a sharp choice for the evening. At work, wear it with a fine knit sweater, dark wash denim and pumps. For the evening, ruche the sleeves or cape it over your shoulders then swap pumps for strappy heels and a clutch.