Kristine is a local realtor who wanted to better integrate her professional and personal wardrobes. Like many women, she owns a lot of basic pieces that look perfect for long hours at the office, but that feel too plain Jane for a night out on the town. The remedy for Kristine was a simple style session where I showed her some new ways to switch up her closet and bridge the gap between work and play. By adding or removing just a couple of elements, she found that it is surprisingly simple to take an office appropriate ensemble all the way to happy hour with friends or dinner with her fiancé.
The first step was putting together a sleek and stylish daytime look:
We started by stepping outside the box and mixing her suiting separates. Pairing a slightly darker tan jacket with light vanilla pants works well for Kristine, because she has the long, lean legs required to pull it off. We repeated the warm tone of the jacket by adding these adorable gold flats, which gives the outfit a grounded look and keeps the eye flowing from top to bottom (well hello there, height!). In this still chilly February weather, we layered the look for both added warmth and visual interest with a coordinating tan cardigan underneath the blazer. The outfit cried out for a pop of color and this flowy, floral-print tank brought just the right amount of earthy blues and greens to compliment her olive eyes. We kept the jewelry minimal with small pearl studs and cinched Kristine’s itty bitty waist with a skinny green belt. Accenting her narrow midsection helps to keep this look lean and balanced against the excess fabric at the pant’s flared hem.
Taking Kristine’s outfit to a more fun and casual vibe just meant swapping out a few pieces like the jacket and dress pants with skinny jeans and show-stopping heels:
It’s all about creating balance, so this time around, we removed the belt and kept the top light and loose over the contrastingly narrow leg of these jeans. Adding a bold statement necklace also helped to elevate the vibe of this outfit to a more youthful and trendy evening look:
Kristine’s style story shows that it’s really not necessary to have an entirely separate wardrobe for business and pleasure. Transition your office staples by tucking a more daring pair of earrings in your purse or keeping a sexy stiletto in your car to have on hand when you flee the workplace. With a couple of minor tweaks, you should be able to upgrade your look from day to night as easily as we did for Kristine. Just don’t be afraid to try new combinations with your separates, remember to keep your outfits appropriate for each occasion, and let me know what works for you in the comments!
Hair styled by the fabulous Megan Park