It’s hard to face the fact, but summer will be drawing to a close before you know it. Which means now’s the time to take advantage of everything the warm weather has to offer, whether it’s al fresco dining or drinks with the girls at your favorite rooftop bar. And since there’s simply no time to waste, it’s more important than ever to pick outfits that seamlessly transition from the office to a night out in a matter of seconds. Good thing we have a few ideas. Keep reading for simple tips on transitioning some 9-to-5 essentials into an after-hours look.
The Fit & Flare Dress
At the office: Slip a colorful, elongated blazer or cardigan over a printed fit-and-flare dress for a polished pices that also protects against blasting A/C. Nude pumps and a slightly-undone bun keep you looking professional-chic for big meetings or more formal dress codes.
After hours: Leave the blazer at the office and switch out your classic pumps for open-toe, heeled clogs. Let your hair down, stash some essentials in a wristlet or clutch, and swipe on a shiny lipgloss to brighten your look.
The Fluid Trouser
At the office: Drapey trousers are not only breezy and sleek, but also look super stylish when paired with a printed blazer and silky tank. Add heels, an extra-long pendant necklace, and a bangle for some subtly glam touches.
After hours: This transition might be the easiest of them all. Simply shed the blazer, keep the heels, and switch out your necklace for a layered version that adds a little more dimension. Add shades to stay (and look) cool in the late-summer sun, and sweep on some luminizer or bronzer for an extra sun-kissed glow.
The Sheath Dress
At the office: Go for a classic black-and-white combo with a midi-length sheath dress and tailored jacket. Pumps keep you looking long and lean, while a simple bracelet and chandelier earrings add just the right amount of shine to your work-ready style.
After hours: Heading to happy hour or a client dinner? Swap your polished jacket for an edgier leather version and add lace-up wedges for a slightly sexier style. Throw on a lightweight printed scarf for a colorful statement, and style your hair into a sleek-but-casual look.