Fashion

How to Transition Your Look from Work to Night

Anh Sundstrom of 9 to 5 Chic shares how she styles her office wear to shine for the evening's festivities

How to Transition Your Look from Work to Night #theeverygirl

Just as being on top of your A game at work is essential for a burgeoning career, kicking back every now and then (three words: treat yo' self) is also important for your mental health. But as #GIRLBOSS-type females who often put in extra hours or have an agonizingly far commute, there isn’t always enough time to go home and change into something more relaxed.

So by the time the clock’s hour hand strikes five, we seek simplicity—an easy transition to go from office-appropriate wear to stylish night attire. Who better to enlist for tips than Anh of 9 to 5 Chic, a fashion blogger well-known for her covetable office style?

We asked Anh, who works full-time as a marketing director in the tourism and travel industry, to reveal which business casual wardrobe pieces take her from day to night, requiring only a few tweaks:

9:00 A.M.

Particularly during a hectic day jam packed with meetings, a smart pair of flats is the most comfortable choice. Anh also keeps her printed blouse tucked in and buttoned up.

Though we all do love a good business-like blazer, Anh opts for a sleeveless trench for an interesting touch. It's casual without looking sloppy and helps to add length to her skirt.

GET HER LOOK FOR LESS: 

TRENCH | BLOUSE | SKIRT | BAG | FLATS

5:00 P.M.

Rather than change her entire outfit, Anh loosens up—literally. She shows a hint of skin by unbuttoning the top of her blouse and puts on delicate gold necklaces to emphasize such.

Substituting out the sleeveless trench for a black motorcycle jacket evokes a bit of daring edge.

She also ditches the practical flats for heels, also in nude, to emphasize and elongate her legs. 

GET HER LOOK FOR LESS: 

JACKETBLOUSE | SKIRT | BAG | NUDE HEELS

Other Quick Tips:

  • Amp up the makeup. At work, it's generally recommended to stick with more neutral tones in makeup. But once you've escaped the confines of the office, swipe on that Jessica Rabbit-red lipstick for some va-va-voom. And if you've mastered the cat eye for application on the go, we applaud you.
  • Not one just for heels? Get print-cercising. Kick back with fun prints and vivid colors via shoes, a scarf, a jacket, or whatever other simple substitutions to break up any monotony of subdued hues in your office wear.
  • Downsize with a clutch. Leave the oversize tote bag or briefcase in the car or at the office, and bring out a clutch just large enough for the evening's essentials: method of payment, I.D., keys, and that bold lipstick.

When it comes to style, how do you transition from a work day to an evening/night out? Is your work dress code much more strict—or on the other side of the spectrum by being more lax? Any tips on what to do and what not to do?

Credits

Valerie Chen #theeverygirl

Valerie Chen

Writer

Based in Los Angeles. Digital Editor at TravelAge West and freelance writer elsewhere.