10 DAWN TO DUSK OUTFIT IDEAS!

Heading to dinner and drinks after work?

We’ve all done it, remembered just as we are about to go to bed that we have a classy drinks invitation for the very next day. The only problem is that the event is in the early evening, leaving no time to go home from the office to change into something slinky.

The result: staying up until the early hours trying on various clothing combinations that might be appropriate for work and play.

Don’t panic. Relaxed enough for day, polished enough for after dark; this elevated edit has 9-9 appeal. We’ve found 10 cute outfits to you take you there, no sweat. Steal the effortlessly cool styles to take your office style to party time.

Autumn’s colder, darker weather isn’t going to dampen our spirits or our wardrobes: rest assured you can pull off  sparkling lurex, velvet and mini bags all the way from AM to PM.

With a little forethought, though, fitting on outfits that will take you effortlessly from desk to cocktail stool shouldn’t be a nightmare. The crucial thing is to have suitable items in your wardrobe that can be whipped out at a moment’s notice.

 

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LOOK #1

This double-take dress needs understated accessories.

Vivetta continues to use surrealist elements to enliven a new range of vintage-inspired silhouettes this season. Choose to boost your personality with this embroidered red, black and white mini dress with pussy-bow detail. Choose a charm bag and little black boots to bring out the embroidery of this characterful piece.

Your Best Desk To Drink Outfit 1

Shop the Look:

1. VIVETTA Red Bugola Mini Dress, $ 925

2. LEIVANKASH Yellow Gold Oko Ring, $ 390

3. LULU GUINNESS Black Kooky Cat Orb Clutch, $ 480

4. DORATEYMUR Black Velvet Droop Nose Boots, $ 510

 

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LOOK #2

Philosophy Di Lorenzo Serafini’s supremely feminine silhouettes consistently prove the power of pretty.
Trust this satin paisley print shirt with a striped pussy bow necktie to lift work-worn spirits.
Nod to this season’s velvet trend with a pair of amber trousers and finish off with black sling back flats.

Your Best Desk To Drink Outfit 4

Shop the Look:

1. PHILOSOPHY DI LORENZO SERAFINI Cream Paisley Pussybow Shirt, $ 780

2. KOCHÉ Burnt Orange Velvet Trousers, $ 545

3. SOPHIA KOKOSALAKI Gold Lunar Hail Chandelier Earrings, $ 390

4. LES PETITS JOUEURS Micro Janis Disco Fringe Bag, $ 645

5. PAUL ANDREW Black Suede Slingback Rhea Sandals, $ 545

 

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LOOK #3

Racil’s contemporary tuxedo pieces are sure to become your trans-seasonal desk to drinks best friend.
You don’t need to take a lesson from the boys to wear this midnight blue tuxedo jacket, boasting contrast black lapels in smooth satin with a dual closure. Simply add cropped trousers, a fitted shirt and stilettos for the ultimate in power dressing.

Your Best Desk To Drink Outfit 2

Shop the Look:

1. RACIL Midnight Phoenix Tuxedo Jacket, $ 985

2. VICTORIA VICTORIA BECKHAM White Cotton Bow Collar Shirt, $ 385

3. RACIL Black Wool Aries Trousers, $ 500

4. ANNA E ALEX Gold Oval Cotton Dragonfly Earrings, $ 200

5. LULU GUINNESS Black Kooky Cat Orb Clutch, $ 480

6. MALONE SOULIERS Navy Velvet Maureen Mule Stilettos, $ 725

 

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LOOK #4

Italian label Vivetta cites Marianne Faithfull as her fashion muse.
Opt for the ’60s mini length with this red cold-shoulder dress, fashioned in crisp cotton with a velvet pussybow and playful ruffled trims. Dare to bare with printed flats for an instant uplift.

Your Best Desk To Drink Outfit 9

Shop the Look:

1. VIVETTA Red Cold Shoulder Ribbon Dress, $ 405

2. ALEX MONROE Gold Little Horseshoe Ring, $ 225

3. LES PETITS JOUEURS Micro Janis Disco Fringe Bag, $ 645

4. MINNA PARIKKA Floral Satin Bunny Loafers, $ 355

 

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LOOK #5

Famed for his digital prints and stand-out colourways, Peter Pilotto has gained a cult fashion following.
Channel SS16’s must-have neckline with this black off-shoulder top, crafted in a knitted stretch fabric with neon printed trims. Transition into cocktail hour with black culottes and matching accessories.

Your Best Desk To Drink Outfit 3

Shop the Look:

1. PETER PILOTTO Black Day Knit Off Shoulder Top, $ 635

2. VICTORIA VICTORIA BECKHAM Black Crepe Pleat Front Culottes, $ 695

3. LINDA FARROW Rose Gold Cat Eye Sunglasses, $ 895

4. SONIA RYKIEL Black Velvet Chain Shoulder Bag, $ 640

5. PAUL ANDREW Black Suede Slingback Rhea Sandals, $ 545

 

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LOOK #6

Brighten up neutrals with vibrant yellow!

Leur Logette’s creations combine antique lacework with Japanese textiles.
Invest in one of Autumn’s much-loved hues; this metallic mustard yellow skirt is split by a pintuck pleat lace panel with an adjacent smooth side and ruffle hem. Make a statement and wear yours with graphic stripes.

Your Best Desk To Drink Outfit 5

Shop the Look:

1. LEUR LOGETTE Navy Stripe Ruffle Sleeve Top, $ 365

2. LEUR LOGETTE Mustard Satin Lace Panel Skirt, $ 980

3. LINDA FARROW Gold Square Frame Sunglasses, $ 750

4. ALEX MONROE Gold Baby Bee Charm Bracelet, $ 315

5. WOMAN BY COMMON PROJECTS White Leather Low Top Achilles Sneakers, $ 410

 

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LOOK #7

Regal and romantic this stuns everywhere!

Victoriana meets ’70’s bohemianism with Philosophy Di Lorenzo Serafini’s PF16 collection.
Go to new lengths in this black velvet mini dress, accented with a vintage-inspired cream lace collar a la Alexa. Keep it effortlessly simple for day-to-day with a pair of slip-on flats.

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Shop the Look:

1. PHILOSOPHY DI LORENZO SERAFINI Black Velvet Lace Collared Dress, $ 835

2. ANNA E ALEX Black Passementerie Regina Stud Earrings, $ 300

3. LULU GUINNESS Black Lips Grace Top Zip Pouch, $ 120

4. TABITHA SIMMONS Black Leather Pointed Alexa Flats, $ 645

 

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LOOK #8

Vivetta ‘s characteristic flair is offset with hyper-contemporary silhouettes and eccentric detailing.
A LBD is a wise investment piece for your wardrobe, so opt for this black velvet mini, featuring a Peter Pan collar with statement ruffles and a central jewel brooch. We like ours with block heel booties to let the dress do all the talking.

Your Best Desk To Drink Outfit 8

Shop the Look:

1. VIVETTA Black Velvet Sorbo Dress, $ 640

2. LELE SADOUGHI Jet Black Resign Flower Earrings, $ 200

3. LES PETITS JOUEURS Leather Small Mask Envelope Clutch, $ 530

4. CAMILLA ELPHICK Black Patent Beetle Boots, $ 905

 

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LOOK #9

Roksanda Ilincic’s contemporary attitude comes through with her PF16 collection abundant with modern eveningwear pieces. Embrace dramatic tailoring with these navy culottes in woven crepe accented with an alluring side slit, wave trims and pink piping. Evoke vintage charm and pair with a tucked-in lace blouse and two-tone brogues.

Your Best Desk To Drink Outfit 10

Shop the Look:

1. MACGRAW White Lace Bell Sleeve Blouse, $ 550

2. ROKSANDA Navy Piped Trim Towan Culottes, $ 1,255

3. ANNA E ALEX Blue Beaded Drop Earrings, $ 175

4. COLIA Navy Leather Scalloped She Brogues, was $ 515, NOW $ 257 (50% off)

 

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LOOK #10

Amp up your day time look with this mint textured shirt dress with ruffles on the front and fluted sleeves. Lace up a pair of Malone Souliers’ snake-print heels, Multi Colour Swarovsky Earrings, and Grey&Silver Box Bag, for added character.

Your Best Desk To Drink Outfit 6

Shop the Look:

1. MARCO DE VINCENZO Mint Silk Ruffle Front Pleat Dress, $ 1,440

2. ATELIER SWAROVSKI BY PETER PILOTTO Multi Colour Swarovski Arbol Short Earrings, $ 250

3. MANU ATELIER Grey & Silver Micro Pristine Box Bag, $ 415

4. MALONE SOULIERS Multi Snakeskin Printed Savannah Stilettos, $ 950

 

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Desk to Drinks Outfit Tips

1. Back to Basics

  • Think of your work outfit as the backdrop for what you will wear in the evening if you have an after work event. Well-tailored dresses, skirts and pants in classic colours like black, navy and cream are great building blocks.
  • Pay attention to detail – the neat pin-tucks in the pants you buy, the exemplary fit of a pencil skirt or the beautifully embossed fabric of a dress. Style and quality really matter when you’re going to be wearing an outfit from daytime to evening.

2. Adding… and Taking Away

One of the quickest, easiest and most effective ways of transitioning an outfit is to wear a combination that can be cleverly adapted, or deconstructed, as you slip out of the office.

  • A crisp white shirt can be unbuttoned a few notches to reveal the glimpse of a lacey camisole. Or perhaps you’ll have time to substitute your day shirt for a chiffon blouse?
  • Wear a shift dress with a plunging neckline that can be covered with a modest sweater or jacket during the day.
  • Zips are great. A leather pencil skirt zipped to the knee can be unzipped a few centimetres (maybe more!) for an altogether sexier evening look.
  • Come 6pm, whip off your boring old work jacket and substitute it with a well cut blazer, a feathered bolero or a cool leather biker’s jacket.
  • Thick tights can come off and sheer stockings can go on. Not only do they look fabulous but they will help you feel different and more glamorous too.

3. Shoes, Shoes, Shoes

There are two ways to go here: you can either wear shoes that won’t cripple your feet in the office and look also good at a party or, alternatively, substitute a different pair for the evening.

  • If you go for the former, kitten heels or wedges are a good compromise, allowing a bit of height with the all-important stability. Alternately, if you’re going for an edgier look, biker boots work well with all kinds of outfits from skinny pants for work to short skirts for play.
  • If you’re going to take ‘change into’ footwear into work, opt for stiletto heeled boots or shoes. These will dramatically transform what you are wearing, as will choosing a bright or contrasting colour. Scarlet, white, silver or gold shoes immediately vamp an outfit up.

4. Accessorise

Think about accessories the night before and pop the things you need into a work or gym bag.

  • Re-touch your make up. If you tend to wear just a sweep of tinted lip-gloss by day, try a dramatic deep red or pink lipstick for nighttime, as well applying smokey eye make-up.
  • Pop on some funky earrings or a chunky necklace.
  • Fasten your hair up with a chic diamanté hair slide, or use a touch of oil to form a sleek bun. For a more effortless look, spray your hair with sea-spritz and tease into messy strands.

Once you have the basics covered, you’ll find that switching from work-mode to party-mode gives you no further sleepless nights – and can actually be a lot of fun.

 

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