When your work wardrobe screams “I only shop at Ann Taylor Loft,” but your after work plans don’t include attending a PTA meeting, it’s most likely you’ll want to slip into something a little less stuffy. However, when you’re sending out your last email at 5:30 and meeting up for a drink at 6:30, there’s only a small window of time for a full blown wardrobe change. And don’t forget a little thing called rush hour traffic, which in Los Angeles is referred to as driving.
So how do you master wearing articles of clothing that are versatile enough to go from day to night? With the help of Athleisure clothing brand Lime and Vine, we will show you two items that will work inside and outside the confines of your office walls.
Now before you assume I have a very lax dress code at my office, or think I’m telling you to parade around exposing your bare midriff to your receptionist Tammy, don’t be fooled by the name. This cropped sweater has a mock shirt detail underneath, so it’s completely work appropriate. Because Lime and Vine is an Athleisure brand, the sweater maintains a stylish look while being extremely comfortable. Like the culottes in the next look, the cropped sweater is a versatile article of clothing. For daytime, I wore the patterned cropped sweater with a pair of black skinny pants and flats.
For the night look, it’s all about playing with fabric and materials. I paired the cropped sweater with quilted leather shorts and a tall strappy heel. Mixing a more conservative article of clothing with an edgier accessory like a studded shoe or leather fabric is a good way to look sharp and chic.
The “Blythe” cropped sweater can be found on Lime and Vine for $101.
Just like many ’70s trends, culottes are back in style. My mom would be so proud of me for saying this, but I fully support culottes making a comeback. As soon as I saw Emma Watson gracing the red carpet in a black high-waisted version, it was game over. Aside from the heavy influence of Ms. Watson, I agree that they are a chic alternative to the tailored skinny dress pant and are easy to transition from day to night. In my day look, I’m wearing a sleeveless white button up with a blazer on top. I usually wear flats while at work because I don’t want to kid myself about being in heels for 8+ hours. My practical black flats were the same shade of onyx black as the Lime and Vine culottes. I kept the color scheme black and white for a simple and classic look.
For my night look, I paired the wide-legged pants with a black American Apparel bodysuit. What used to be pants almost passes for a black dress. The key with bumping this outfit up from day to night are the shoes. The six-inch strappy heels instantly make the outfit feel ready for a night out and are also adorned with gold studs. The combination makes the pants feel more casual and little less stuffy. Not photographed, but recommended is throwing a leather jacket on top of this outfit.
The “Brady” culottes can be found on Lime and Vine for $99 and also come in white alabaster.
Although these looks do require a few additional pieces for you to tote around in your car, the day-to-night transformation can be done without going home. By finding pieces that could work well in a meeting and also girl’s night out is more financially beneficial for you too.