If you’re like us, then you’ll want to maximize your wardrobe without carrying the whole darn thing around with you. Knowing how to take your outfit from desk to dinner will make your clothes work double-duty so you can work once while leaving your clothes to work the late shift. We all have super busy lives, so whether you’ve had plans for weeks or it’s all last minute, we have the simple styling tricks that you NEED to know to look chic after clocking out. NYGÅRD’s selection of brands are bursting with plenty of new arrivals and a vast array of on-duty and off-duty looks.
Your 3 Essential Styling Tips
1. Get Down to Basics
Everything starts with a great capsule wardrobe that has 8-10 basic staple pieces. Make this a combination of tops, pants and dresses that have simple design details and a fairly fitted silhouette. Staple pieces like a sleeveless top, slim black ankle pants, skinny jeans and a classic LBD (little black dress) are your BFFs! Textures, such as faux leather, knits and embellishment also work well in the transition from day to night. Be sure these items are comfortable and easy to care for.
Make it Office-Appropriate
Once you have your basic foundation sorted, it’s time to add a layer to make it suitable for the office. This is where you can match your look to the office culture and environment. Add a blazer jacket, which can be formal if you work in a law office or much more relaxed if you work in media, a cardigan (choose something formal or relaxed) and then finish it off with an office-appropriate handbag & shoes.
3. Pack Your Evening Essentials
Like any great traveller, the number one rule to follow is to pack light! This means having an essentials checklist and packing smartly. Just bring just one extra bag with you, such as a cloth tote or book bag, then add the specific pieces you will need.
Here is your Essentials Checklist:
A stand-out necklace is a quick and easy way to add evening chic to your outfit. Make it silver, gold or embellished with diamanté for impact.
This is another easy way to elevate your after-hours look. Earrings are small so they won’t take up any space in your bag but will instantly transform your outfit. Simply pop your earrings and necklace in a small soft cloth jewellery bag with a drawstring that won’t take up too much space.
Clutch Bag or Small Camera Bag
A small clutch bag is easy to stow and a must-have for the evening. I prefer a soft envelope style that you can throw into your day handbag or into your essentials tote bag. Again, it’s light-weight and won’t take up too much space. Go for one that has some statement embellishment or a pop of colour.
Always a classic and compact to carry. Make yours an iconic shade of red or try a fuchsia or a more coral/orange matted hue.
Heels, either closed or open toe, make all the difference when it comes to an evening look. Find a height that works for you and that is relatively comfortable—I know this can be a challenge, but gel insoles also help!) They don’t have to be sky-high stilettos to work—look for colour, texture or detail. I suggest keeping a pair at your desk so you will always have something on standby and will avoid having to tote them back and forth.
These are relatively easy to roll up and fit into your essentials bag. Textured fabric with a sheen, pleats or a pattern will instantly take your look from day to night.
Motorcycle Jacket or Printed Jacket
This is another must-have essential for your evening kit. In some cases, your workplace will allow you to wear such an item but if not, wear the bulkier motorcycle or printed jacket to work and pack a more office-appropriate jacket that you will wear in the day. Then change once you get into work—this one is a little more cumbersome but well worth it in the long run.
And, this is how you make your wardrobe work double duty! I hope you found these tips helpful—if you have any other tips on how you go from desk to dinner, please do let us know in the comments below.