Kat Griffin is the founder and editor of Corporette. In the final instalment of Work It, we’ve asked her how she’d take the perfect boardroom outfit out after a long day on Wall Street.
What factors would you consider whilst searching for a smart work, interview or meeting dress that could make the transition to after-work drinks or events?
I would look for something flattering but (for the office) not too low cut, tight, etc, etc. Sometimes simple is best — with just a few accessory changes you can take a little black dress to work (with pearls, a blazer, and classic pumps) and then out (ditch the blazer, add a statement necklace, and maybe some strappy sandals).
How would you jazz it up post-5pm? Is there anything specific that you would include in your handbag to add to the outfit when you finish work?
Sometimes a different bra can work wonders! Whether you want something lacier or with more of a push-up vibe, it can change the way you move and feel in the same outfit. But for work, I generally recommend a full coverage t-shirt bra that doesn’t show beneath your clothes. Sparkly, dangly earrings can be too distracting for the workday, but really make a difference to your after-work outfit
I’m also always a fan of a smoky eye, which can be easy to add when you’re touching up your makeup before you go out.
Also, if you’re not wearing a dress, I find one of the best ways to signify to yourself that the workday is over is to put on a pair of jeans for the evening, or something else you couldn’t (or wouldn’t) wear to work.