It's the age-old question: How to dress for the office, but still feel ready for "real life" to kick in after work hours tick over. How many times have you been there? Where you have big plans to race home after work but it just doesn't happen. You probably keep a pair of heels under your desk "for emergencies", and that's a good idea in theory, but chances are they're the heels you don't really love that much, and that's why you've left them hidden under your desk.
The balance between looking perfectly-pulled together, and office appropriate, while still feeling like yourself is a debate we're always tossing around the office. There might be a day that involves a board meeting with the CEO, followed by a team brainstorm, and finishes up with a special date night.
To help navigate the tricky work of boardroom-to-bar, I've enlisted our group publisher, Alison Rice, to help me demonstrate how you can plan out your week in outfits, and use accessories to elevate for any after-dark occasion.
You know we've been pioneering the rise of "the second bag" at Who What Wear Australia—a sleek carry-all to transport all of the things to and from the office (cya later canvas tote), and it's just the right size to carry your extra accessories, so you never have to scrounge around your desk for something to elevate your look.
For some inspiration on how to change-up your office look with accessories, and some outfit ideas for your Monday to Friday, keep scrolling.
Starting your week off in your "dressiest" or favourite outfit can help set you up for a productive and successful week. When you're not tugging, pulling, and adjusting yourself in an uncomfortable outfit you don't feel confident in, you can spend more time doing what you're supposed to in your nine to five. Take the look away from a corporate place, with a pair of fun specs (even if you don't need them, wire frames with "fake" lenses are perfectly acceptable in our eyes... pun intended), and a clashing clutch.
Instead of suffering through confusing transeasonal weather, try layering instead. Here, Rice is wearing a sheer lightweight knit, with a white shirt layered over the top for extra warmth. When she's ready to shut down her computer, she adds a red lip and shoulder-grazing earrings.
You've made it to Wednesday—well done, you. From here, you can relax a little into the week and shimmy into a slip dress and oversized blazer. If you're yet to shop a checkered blazer, you're missing out on the easiest way to add an Annie Hall vibe to any outfit. How to make this combo feel more "you" after the office? A bright box bag, and chain necklaces.
Outfit fatigue generally starts to set in by Thursday. Our remedy is a pair of classic black pants, a silk singlet or tee, and a jacket that makes a statement. Choose your accessories by picking up a colour in your jacket to highlight.
The old Friday faithful—jeans. If your office is more on the casual side and you can get away with wearing denim, it's an easy go-to. Again, make layering your friend with a crisp shirt over a silk singlet, so when the time comes for the Friday wine-down, you can slip your shirt off-the-shoulder, and add some fun shoes.