Transition in style
Gatherings and parties are aplenty during this time of the year. Aside from making lists of gifts and whom to give them, we’re also busy preparing for parties here and there. With the many things on our plate, it can get really overwhelming. But you don’t really need to shop for a new outfit for parties. Your office-wear can pass as a party ensemble… but only if you follow these tips.
Embrace power dressing
Bella Freud Bianca double-breasted cotton velvet blazer, USD1,037 (net-a-porter.com); Max Mara cashmere and silk-blend sweater, USD626 (net-a-porter.com); Ellery Belted woven straight-leg pants, USD503 (theoutnet.com); Iris & Ink Siobhan velvet mules, USD155 (theoutnet.com)
From the boardroom to a bar at Lan Kwai Fong in Hong Kong, you can’t go wrong with a power suit. If you have one in a jewel tone, that’s perfect. But if you don’t, a sleek black pair would do the trick just the same. Opt for a coloured innerwear as a nod to the festivities.
Indulge in holiday textures
Get into the celebratory spirit by wearing fabrics with textures that are normally used for celebrations. Think velvet, glitters and silk. Wear an item of clothing in any of these materials but make sure that the cut is still work-appropriate. Pair your usual work clothes with a silk shirt or a velvet skirt to up the vibe as though you’re living it up on a night of after-work fun in Kuala Lumpur.
Play with accessories
Kate Spade New York gold-tone crystal bracelet, USD213 (theoutnet.com); Vince silk-paneled gathered crepe de chine dress, USD796 (net-a-porter.com); Kenneth Jay Lane gold-tone earrings, USD30 (theoutnet.com); Charlotte Olympia Debbie suede platform pumps, USD272 (theoutnet.com); Yuzefi Asher small color-block textured-leather shoulder bag, USD569 (net-a-porter.com)
There’s no easier way to transition your usual work look from day to night than with accessories. We’ve been told to remove one piece of accessory before heading out the door, but when it comes to partying, we say pile on some more. Layer your necklaces or exchange your studs for hoops. These little changes can go a long way in making your look ready for booze and socialising in Clarke Quay, Singapore.
Staud Shirley mini patent-leather tote, USD339 (net-a-porter.com); Givenchy pussy-bow silk crepe de chine blouse, USD1,524 (net-a-porter.com); J.W. Anderson asymmetric wool and cashmere-blend wrap midi skirt, USD325 (theoutnet.com); Chloe leather-paneled suede ankle boots, USD588 (theoutnet.com)
The midi skirt is an in-betweener when it comes to length, but that’s what makes it perfect for transitioning from one look to another. Opt to go for a midi skirt that’s a little light when it comes to the fabric and avoid tweed or other fabrics that are typically associated with workwear; this will also be especially helpful if you’re going to party it up in humid places like Jakarta. As a bonus, go for something that has an asymmetrical cut for a fun touch.
Pull off a trend
One way to make an outfit veer away from being strictly for the office is by incorporating a trendy piece. Instead of your usual sensible bag, carry a beaded bag. Or switch your usual workwear shoes to something that’s a bit more jazzed up and bedazzled for some dancing in the Bangkok nightlife.