Circus apart (as fashion journalist Suzy Menkes put it on the IHT last year), I appreciate the great freedom to dressing style-conscious women have given to themselves since the rise of the street-style and blogging era. Rules rejected, they dress themselves just any way that makes them feel good, and shoes are a great example of this. I like the idea of heels with a sporty outfit - so feminine in a strong way, or Dr. Martens with a maxi skirt or dress – you are in a dressy mood but don’t want to look out of place. Up or down the game seems easier now than ever.
It’s interesting when something so good starts right down at our feet. :’) ... (more)
I love fashion illustrations (maybe this is because they inspire my imagination) and Vogue Netherlands’ fashion editor Marije Goekoop makes me smile whenever she picks up her drawing pencils. I like her drawing style, and I like her sense of humour in the drawings, like when she buys a pair of Prada boots that happen to be excruciating but “persevere” is her mantra, and knocking on a melon without an idea what she's supposed to hear...
Or when she confesses the challenge of meditation to her.
Enjoy more of her works here.
Being an office woman means that you have little time to switch between contexts. An uneventful day at work followed by a formal party in the evening, a day full of important meetings ended with hanging out eating street food with friends. You don’t want to look out of place. ... (more)
There are certainly ways to jump between these very different situations without taking too much time and prep, although you may need a bit of practice and confidence in the beginning. I’ve got here for you some ideas, hopefully they will help you with your balancing act between keeping up with work and enjoying your personal life.
- Restyle your outfit: Undo a few buttons, roll up casually the sleeves of your shirt, tie its fronts into a knot and you’ll be ready to see friends for drinks after work, or let the shoulder of your top fall effortlessly onto one side if you wish to look feminine for a date. Restyling your work outfit must be the easiest way to slip from day to night since you don’t have to change, although you can always add some nice accessories to feel fresher.
- Add or remove an item: You can put on a blazer/sweater or keep your suit jacket in your bag depending on where you’re heading for after work. I like the way Elin Kling throws on her sweater to keep herself warm yet cool for dinner with friends in the H&M Life clip below.
- Change: But you don’t have to change completely, even if you have a wedding to go to right after work. Just bring a fancy top or skirt for an event, and boyfriend jeans or shorts for a casual date. You will not only look different from work but also feel good yourself.
- Makeup: My advice would be cleanse your face if you’re seeing friends and fire up just one feature, like eyes, if you simply want to have fun or to impress someone after work.
And with this Day to Night post I am closing my WORKWEAR RETHINK series but that doesn’t mean the end of it. You will still find inspirations for your workwear wardrobe in many of my coming random post, I promise, as long as you don’t think workwear :')
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