Of course you’re not a slave to your day job — but sometimes you plan a night out and are chained to your desk with only minutes to spare until the curtain rises. How do you plan ahead to make sure business casual doesn’t make your opera awkward?
Start with a versatile, classic piece that’s comfortable enough to wear all day and stylish enough to catch eyes long past 9 to 5. crisp black chino pants are the perfect piece; pair them with a lace blouse that’s more striking than frilly.
For a simpler solution, grab a dress with detail, like this Jones New York Dress Wrap Shirtdress. A wrap jacket keeps the look softer than suiting and fashion-forward enough to make a splash after hours. Pair up your outfit with the perfect pair of shoes from your office chair to the theatre seats; it’s hard to go wrong with low-heeled wedge peep-toes.
The easiest way to bring an office outfit over the top is to accessorize. For the woman who doesn’t like to haul extra jewelry, a square bangle bracelet is simple enough for work but graphic enough to draw compliments during intermission. But if you want to wrap up a bare neck for a little shine, pick a statement piece, like this pearl necklace with ribbon tie, that makes it clear you’re off the clock.