What do you wear when you need to be day-appropriate but still kill it when you arrive at the party?
It’s a good question, and one that sounds easier to answer than you’d think!
I was in London for a meeting early last week. Later that day I was due to attend a networking party with a friend. I spent a good 20 minutes figuring out what to wear that morning (I’d woken-up late), and after much consideration I opted for a simple cream shift dress.
It was a hot day in London and the dress was fitted without being tight and stopped on the knee. Classic, elegant – maybe a little too ‘wedding guest’, but it’s cool, I’ll roll with this. I’d wear it with some black ballet flats and then change into my black Chanel heels for the evening. Simple.
Later that day, whilst on the tube, I felt a tad overdressed. Overdressed in a way that would suggest I was on my way to a wedding and had gotten separated from the wedding party. That evening however, I swapped the shoes over, arrived at the party, only to feel rather frumpy by all accounts.
"What do you wear when you need to be day-appropriate but still kill it when you arrive at the party?
It’s a good question, and one that sounds easier to answer than you’d think!"
So I set myself the challenge of putting together a look for under £1,000 (complete with shoes and handbag) that would work for a casual day in town, followed by drinks with friends that evening.
I took to Farfetch to search for suitable attire; it’s a site I first shopped from in 2015 when I bought my first pair of Valentino Rockstuds. It’s easy – everything is under one roof (so to speak), and because the goods listed are from boutiques all over the world – I always find the range to be impressive.
"I decided I wanted to go for a monochrome look that I could add pink accents too. I love pink and it’s very on trend for SS17, but too much and it can look a little bit ‘Barbie’!"
I decided I wanted to go for a monochrome look that I could add pink accents too. I love pink and it’s very on trend for SS17, but too much and it can look a little bit ‘Barbie’!
The skirt I chose was this from Halston Heritage – it’s a classic waterfall shape. It pinches in at the waist and flows-out, moving beautifully as you walk. This skirt would work perfectly for pear shapes, hourglass or (if you’re like me) straight up and down. It defines the waist and smooths over thighs and bottom. Perfect!
Now for a blouse - I considered a button-up shirt, but in the end opted for this loose fitting asymmetric white tee. I like the slouchy contrast of it compared to the sharp cut of the skirt. It not being tightly fitted also means it’s day-appropriate and actually looks really good with skinny jeans too!
I wanted this look to be feminine but edgy, so I styled it with a leather biker jacket that I purchased from Karen Millen (5 years ago, sorry!)
For a day look, simply add the leather jacket and swap-out the heels for some simple black flats.
Then for a bag and some shoes…. These are the areas I tend to spend my money! A well-purchased shoe and handbag can make you feel amazing and you can use these for years to come to customise outfit after outfit.
I chose these delightful Jimmy Choo pumps in beautiful pinky-coral suede. They are so comfortable to wear and are really versatile, I’ve also worn these with loose-fit jeans and they look fantastic.
For the handbag, I knew I wanted to get the shoes, so I had no option but to find a bag that worked with them. I discovered this mini shoulder bag from DESIGNINVERSO – it’s made from a rubber-type material that has a saffiano leather design on it. The stud design really reminded me of Valentino and I though the look, size and colour combined looked divine.
What do you think of the final look? Any items that you love or hate?!
What are your tips and advice for styling an outfit for day through to night? Please share below in the comment section!
I’m giving away this beautiful DESIGNINVERSO bag, complete with dustbag and box!
For your chance to win, simply leave a comment below sharing your personal tips on dressing for day through to night, the person with the best advice wins. I will draw the winner at random on the 12th July 2017 at 12 noon BST.
The competition is now closed, thank you to all of you who entered! It was really hard to pick a winner, as so many of your suggestions were unique and great. But I'm pleased to announce that Isabella S is the winner - her suggestion was incredibly creative and would be the perfect solution for going from a corporate job to a glam party in the evening. Congratulations to Isabella!!
*This post was kindly sponsored by Farfetch UK.