• Ambika Dhir

Three Outfits to take you from Office to Bar

Life is just busy. In today's age, most of us are constantly on the go. Gone are the days of having hours to get ready for an evening spent with friends: now you're meeting them in time for happy hour, straight after work at 5pm (if you're lucky enough to finish at 5 that is). Here's a pick of three fits that'll tick all the boxes and send you seamlessly from day to night.


OUTFIT 1


Carrying on from last season, jewel tones and bright colours are still very much IN. Satin is a material that can work in formal environments during both the daytime and the evening, and the high neck design of this blouse makes it work appropriate.


Blouse: ZARA, Shorts: Topshop


Hit the leather trend by incorporating leather into the lower half of your fit. I went for shorts, but this could easily be swapped out for leather (or faux leather) trousers for a more corporate space. Stick to trousers and shorts that aren't too form fitting: a straight leg or a cinched waist style short is more flattering, and more appropriate for an office space.





I lastly paired my outfit up with some white dad trainers. Again, for a corporate environment, swap these out for some closed toe-pointed black court heels.





If it's a bit chilly, throw a trench coat on to round off the outfit.


OUTFIT 2


Ever since Jacquemus reintroduced the 70s power shoulder, it's been a firm favourite, and the recent catwalks from NYFW have settled that it's here to stay for at least one more season. A suit is always office appropriate, so make yours more fashion focused by choosing a blazer that has broader shoulders and an oversized fit.




The toned down, mushroom colour helps to keep the outfit office appropriate. A neutral colour can balance out a less conventional silhouette, and can keep the look minimalist. Staying within minimalist parameters, I paired the suit with some white lace up heels and a white bag, though a powder blue would have also brought out the mushroom colour. Lace up heels tick all the style boxes for AW19, and will come in handy for SS20 too, so it's worth bagging a pair early.


Inspired by Margiela's glam slam bag, I finished off the outfit with an oversized clutch. Whilst the mini bag may still be popular at the moment, it's on its way out and this large clutch will have you ready for the end of this season and the beginning of next.


OUTFIT 3


Again, this is a fit that is for a less corporate environment, but you can easily adopt as a daytime look. Once reserved for only the matrix, this AW leather has proven to be a key trend, and an ALL leather look ticks all the boxes. Leather and faux leather dresses are often tricky to find and/or are incredibly expensive. Instead, opt for a good faux leather shirt and faux leather skirt to create a 'dress' out of separates that you can mix and match later. The key to faux leather is to look for something thicker in material, and slightly matte.


For a daytime look, add heeled pointed courts.


For evening, pair with a statement pair of knee high boots and a matching bag.




For a more modern (and expensive) take on this outfit, opt for this.




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