One of the biggest complaints we hear from our friends and clients is- ugh, I hate buying work clothes. We’ve realized that the real problem is women feel like if they buy an item for work, it is business only. We disagree! While pieces like a suit jacket may be a bit stuffy for a Saturday gal-pals brunch, many items translate well into your personal life and vice versa. The key to making a piece work both ways is to use other items to up the professionalism or take down the serious vibe.
What about you? Have something you want to purchase but don't know if you can get the wear out of it both personal and professional? Let us know what it is in the comments below and we'll help you style both ways!
How to Office: Add all this color to a streamlined all black or all navy look. Tone the shoes by your office- very formal office, go pumps. More casual, try summer sandals.
How to Casual: Wear with simple jeans/shorts and a t-shirt. Keep the look Saturday approachable by wearing sneaks or flat sandals.
Example Two: The Shirt. Texture is big right now, and this lace-crochet combo doesn’t disappoint. The key with this one is that you are completely covered in this shirt, there is no exposure, making it easy to wear to the office.
How to Office: black skirt and black pumps for super formal settings, light jewelry. This shirt is slightly flowy fitting, so make sure it fits you correctly with a slight peplum.
How to Casual: go for a mod look and pair this with white skinnies or a pair of bright dress shorts for night out.
Example Three: The Shift Dress. This Nordstrom staple has been one of my favorites for years. For a bit it was my "go to" when time ran short in the mornings or the margs the night before ran too long. Bonus- it comes in 7 colors. Use it like as a streamlined piece, a blank space or an extended t-shirt.
How to Office: pair with a vest and peep toes to add an instant pop of profesh.
How to Casual: wear with flats for a Saturday morning look. Or if you are tall, try it with a pair of distressed jeans and a pair of booties.