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.
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.
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)