The festive season is upon us again, and for most of us that means a jam packed social calendar this month. From the office Christmas party to drinks with friends, family parties and more, if you want to fit in the festive fun you might have to get a bit creative. One way you can do this is by creating a work look that can easily be glammed up for the evening. That way you don’t have to go all the way home and start from scratch, you can simply add or remove a couple of items and you’re ready to go. Here are some of the ways you can go about it!
Choose a Plain, Staple Outfit
The trick to getting a ‘work to party’ look right is to get your basic outfit right. This could be a plain black dress, or even a pair of black trousers or a skirt with a black vest top. For work you could wear a white shirt over the top (or under the dress depending on the style) and afterwards you can take it off for your party outfit. If you’re looking for nice basics like this, brands like Ruby Rd clothing have a variety of different options you can choose from. All black looks formal for the office but can easily be glammed up for the party with a few extra things. If you’re wearing a skirt or dress, you could wear tights underneath for work but then take them off for the evening. So don’t forget to shave your legs!
The best way to transform your plain work outfit so it looks party ready is with accessories. A statement necklace, earrings or a bracelet will instantly make it look more evening appropriate. You could add a sparkly waist belt and switch up your work bag for an evening clutch. You could wear a cardigan to work during the day, and switch this to a trendy white or pastel coloured blazer for the evening.
Another way to turn an outfit from day to night is with shoes. If you’ve worn flats or plain black stillettos to the office, at the end of the work day switch these out for a stunning party- ready pair. It could be strappy heels, sparkle stilettos, peep toe wedges- whatever works with the rest of your outfit. Ankle boots and shoe boots are a good choice for this time of year when it’s cold outside, they still look cute and trendy but keep your feet warm.
During the daytime you of course want to keep your makeup looking work appropriate. One way you can do this is apply a smokey eye shadow in neutral colours such as browns and golds. And then keep the rest of your look very simple. That way at the end of the work day your eyeshadow is already done but you could amp it up with some black eyeliner and maybe even some false eyelashes. You could wear a nude or light pink lipstick to work, and then redo it with a bold shade for the evening which will totally change up the way you look. Since it’s party season red would be a good choice, you could be extra festive by adding a swipe of sparkly lip gloss over the top. A highlight and contour palette in your makeup bag with a fluffy brush can help to give you definition to your face without much time or effort.
Finally, a spritz of perfume can go a long way in finishing your look and give you a confidence boost. If you wear perfume to the office, chances are it’s a lighter fragrance for the daytime. For the evening you could put on something a little more sultry. If you have lots of miniature perfumes and samples from things like beauty boxes now is the perfect time to use them. Pop one into your makeup bag and apply it before you leave for the party for an ultra glam and feminine finish to your outfit.
December is a busy time of year, but it’s worth making the effort to go to these social events. If you’ve not seen loved ones much during the year Christmas is the perfect opportunity to do so. So find a way to make it work, even if you have to attend straight from the office!
Will you be going from the office to the party much during December?