Many of us feel bored with the sartorial choices offered for the office. A black dress, or a white blouse with black trousers are the staples for many of us. These are the most popular for work because they are easy to pull together in a hurry in the morning. You
don't have to think too hard about your outfit and these pieces are found everywhere.
But dinner plans straight from the office may throw us off balance. With no time to go home and change, how can we put a simple but elegant outfit together? Our aim is to look suitably attired for work, while at the same time, look amazing for our evening date. How can we do this with our work clothes?
Well, the first thing you need to think about is that bringing the sexy look into the office is a no-no, especially if you are looking for a serious promotion any time soon.
The second is that looking as if you are entertaining a client over dinner may not attract admiring glances your way, but probably pitiful ones.
No need to panic here girls. As per one of the tips I abide by, the easy solution is to keep it simple. By keeping in mind that a dinner date is not an occasion for a ballgown, the panic is soon over. Do as French women do by not going over the top, that's all.
The simple but chic solution is the one below.
By adding a dressy top to your 'de rigueur' black trousers and court shoes, you can easily add a touch of chic. The nude colour is neutral enough for the office and lace will not look too 'officey' for dinner. You will still be the professional during the day, adding a jacket or cardigan over the top if you wish. The handbag adds a welcome bright accent to the otherwise monochrome look.
After work, touch up your makeup and glam things up with a statement necklace and crimson lipstick. There you have it, a simple but chic look that will take you from the office to dinner in no time at all.
ps. The beauty of this outfit is that it will equally look good for women of all shapes and sizes!
originally published on 3/4/13
I'm Marie-Anne Lecoeur. I teach women how to upgrade their style and think, shop & dress like a French woman in my Ecourses and The French Chic Academy
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