When it comes to style, I’m a big believer in fluidity: transitioning daytime makeup into night-time glam, styling up a casual t-shirt with a sequin jacket for a night out on the town, repurposing beachwear in the city with some carefully selected accessories – you get the idea. And while we’ve all spent a lot of time thinking about how to dress up certain casual items in our wardrobes, I’m sure most of us have not thought quite as much about how we might dress down our work wear to make it more fun and fashionable for the weekend. But it’s time to start thinking about it, pronto, because it will open up a new world of possibilities in your wardrobe. Trust me.
The most important thing to remember is that this style is all about balance. To make your work wear more stylish and less serious, you need to balance it out with elements that are carefree, casual and even bohemian.
That’s what I kept in mind as I started to style this cute rabbit print shirt. In order to brighten up the look and take it from corporate to colourful, I decided to pair the shirt with a pair of cobalt blue cropped pants. Not only did these pants match the print while brightening up the look; the cropped style took the fuss out of wearing a shirt, instantly giving the look a carefree vibe. Next, I threw on a bohemian coin necklace over the shirt, to add some more fun to the ensemble. This simple addition took my entire outfit far, far away from the office space and into a more relaxed, weekend-ready zone.
The final additions were a pair of sunglasses (I never leave the house without them!) and a pair of strappy heels – but you could just as easily pair this with white sneakers if you wanted a super casual outfit. And with that, I was ready to rock my corporate shirt out and about over the weekend, in a look that was carefree and chic, yet put-together.
If you keep the idea of balance in mind, you can pretty much take any piece of office wear you own, and style it for an after-hours or weekend look. If you wanted to style your regular black trousers, you could easily dress them down by pairing them with a simple white t-shirt and sneakers, or a tank top, leather jacket and boots for a more edgy outfit. You can dress down corporate work dresses by throwing on more bohemian jewellery, switching up your hairstyle (for example, from a chignon to a messy bun) or even throwing on a cooler jacket (leather, denim, bomber…the possibilities are endless!)
The trick is to open your mind to experimenting, to mixing and matching, and to understanding that clothing items don’t have to be worn in only one way – you can wear them however you please! By starting to reuse your formal clothes over the weekend, you will not only get more wear out of them but also expand your off-duty wardrobe greatly. And as every fashion lover knows, it doesn’t get better than that.