Blogged by: Aerin Langworthy 16 Mar 2017 View comments
Working '9 to 5'... and relaxing in the evening
Blogged by: Aerin Langworthy 16 Mar 2017 View comments

So here's the situation: It's a flat out week at work but you don't want to sacrifice social life. So how do you make the transition from the office to 'out' quick and effortless so you can squeeze the most out of the week? Stylist Jo Moo has a plan for you: You're going to the office in an outfit that's versatile enough for both the desk and dinner out. Just check out her tips below: 

​1. Back to Basics

Jo's first tip is to build the foundation of your perfect wardrobe by investing in timeless classic pieces that will withstand the test of time and changing fashion trends.
  • Choose versatile mix and match separates that will work in many ways.
  • Choose garments that will take you from day to night, flats to heels with confidence.
  • Choose garments with minimal design features, providing you with longevity in your wardrobe.

Shop the Look for Her: Top from Country Road. Pants and belt from Portmans, earrings and cuff from Jacqui E. Guess bag from Strandbags. Heels from Airflex.

Shop the Look for Him: Shirt from R M Williams. Parker pen from Nextra. Belt and pant from Country Road. Colorado bag from Strandbags. Shoes from Spendless Shoes.

2. Colour

Once you've nailed the basics, Jo's second tip is to add a pop of seasonal colour.
  • Begin with black and white, pinstripe, checks and a neutral colour pallet
  • Incorporate this season's colours: red, cobalt blue and burgundy


3. Fabric selection

Choose fabrics that skim over the body rather than cling. Where possible Jo recommends looking for light weight, natural fibres that will ensure you're comfortable when stepping out of the air conditioning.

4. Accessories

When it comes to accesories you can sharpen your professional looknby adding fuss free accessories for the office. Jo's recomendation: metallic or pearls work well for the office. Step it up for after 5 by selecting a colour or motif from your look and replicate it in your accessories. Bold statement pieces and splashes of colour will have heads turning!

Your Work Wardrobe Essentials Check List:  

For the Girls

  • Shirt - a crisp white shirt
  • Pants - classic tailored pants
  • Skirt - pencil or A line
  • Jacket - a tailored, structured, long sleeve or ¾ sleeve
  • Dress - you can't go wrong with the Little Black dress
  • Heels - classic pumps, peep toes, or patent
  • Bags - classic tote or patent clutch in a neutral colour palette

For the Guys

  • Shirt - a crisp white shirt, blue hues, fine checks, vertical strips. If you hate ironing try a Country Road Crease resistant shirt (As featured)  
  • Pants – slim leg
  • Classic suit  
  • Shoes - black and brown
  • Ties - Stripes and plains


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