Going from the office to a stylish party can be stressful, but with a few changes to your wardrobe you can create outfits that’ll look great in any situation. Today’s smart-casual office spaces make it even easier to transition into eveningwear, but you still need to be savvy and make the right choices to look presentable at every event you attend, so here’s our definitive guide on to how to wear each item of clothing during the day and into the evening.
Jackets And Coats
During the colder months it’s important that you wear a coat or jacket to keep out the chill, but the type of coat you choose is important so that you look great in any situation. Wear a classic style like a parka or a trench coat in a standard colour that will match with any outfit and look good while walking to the office or heading out to a bar. In more mild weather, wear a gilet or a lighter jacket to keep you cosy whilst not making you look too bulky. Some rain jackets are lightweight and can even be packed into a small pouch or pocket, allowing you to wear them only when needed, then stow them away for later so they don’t impact on your look.
Perfect for a layered look styled with a jacket, jumpers are the ideal solution for those looking to transition their outfit from day to night quickly and easily. Jumpers come in a range of different styles, so you can find the perfect one to suit your office environment. They make a great layer, so you can take them off at the end of the day to reveal your hidden eveningwear should you prefer to wear completely different clothes after work.
T-shirts and vest don’t look professional enough for an office environment, so select a buttoned shirt in a simple style so that you can dress it up with a tie, then remove it when you go out for a more relaxed look. You could also consider a classic polo shirt teamed with a smart cardigan if your office is less formal. Whatever choice you make, avoid tucking your shirt into your trousers as this usually looks too formal, but don’t leave it entirely out as this can make you appear unkempt. Instead, opt for a casual look by tucking part of your shirt in, or by wearing a shorter shirt that doesn’t need to be tucked in and hangs neatly just over the top of your belt.
Trousers can make or break your outfit, so choose wisely to ensure that you create an ensemble you can look great in wherever you go. There are many different types of trousers to suit everyone, and whatever style you choose it’s also vital that you consider the fit and colour. You want to wear a classic colour such as black, grey or, in the case of denim, blue. It’s perfectly acceptable to wear jeans to the office, but make sure that they fit well and are clean and presentable. Your trousers should be fitted around the leg but looser around the top so that they don’t look unsightly and show off any excess fat you may have.
Even though they’re at the bottom of your outfit shoes are still one of the first things people notice about you, and they can make or break a look. To avoid looking out of place and feeling uncomfortable find a pair of stylish yet prestigious designer trainers that can be worn to a formal meeting, then to a chilled night out afterwards. Fendi has a vast selection of designer trainers to suit any outfit, so visit SSENSE to view the latest collection and find the perfect pair for you.
Small enough to be put in a pocket or bag but striking enough to make a real difference to your look, jewellery is the perfect way to change things up without changing your clothes. Choose a statement piece, like a large luxury watch or a chunky chain to really make your look your own. At work it might not be appropriate to wear jewellery, as you might look ostentatious, but it can be carried with you to make your night time outfit really striking and give you the feeling that you’re finally free from work and ready to have some fun.
If you have lots of things to carry, then invest in a high-quality bag that’ll keep your stuff safe and leave you looking smart. Choose a classic style of bag and pick a versatile colour such as black, grey, navy blue or khaki green so that it will go with everything and leave you looking stylish and able to carry everything you need.
Next time you want to go out after work, use these tips to plan the perfect outfit that’ll impress both your boss and your buddies!