Chances are your social calendar is filling up fast this month with events and parties right after work. Because attending in your daytime attire won’t do, elevate your look with these simple changes.
Your holiday social calendar filled with after-work drinks, dinners and parties leaves you with some major planning — as in how to easily and quickly transform your day look for the office into one that’s festive for the evening. You don’t need to keep your entire wardrobe or arsenal of beauty products at the office. With some smart choices, changing your look into one that’s more holiday appropriate is easy.
Pretty your pout with bold colour
Your neutral, everyday lip colour is flattering, but everyone sees you with it daily. Slick on a bold, cherry-red lip, and it’ll brighten up your entire face. Or if you’re up for trying a more trendy but edgy look, try a deep, dark plum or wine lipstick, as seen on many fall runways.
Add shimmer to your face
Tuck an eyeshadow pencil or liner from Yves Rocher or Bobbi Brown that features glitter or sheen, and give your eyes a subtle shine. Using a highlighter such as Benefit Cosmetics High Beam to touch up your cheekbones will also help you glow, and you’ll look just lovely in the many photos you’ll be in.
Incorporate sparkle into your wardrobe
Sequins come back in a big way each holiday season, so if you can get away with sequins in your office environment, wear a simple sequined tank with a blazer overtop for the day, and then pull off the jacket when you head out after work. If you’re not into the glitz of sequins, consider a simple sheath dress in a rich jewel tone or the colour of the season, oxblood. You can splash out on an investment piece when it comes to sequins, but brands such as Joe Fresh and RW also have fantastic yet budget-friendly choices.
Switch to party heels and a chic clutch
Just a simple change of your daytime shoes to showstopper heels can elevate your entire look to one that says, “I’m ready to enjoy this evening!” Glittery heels or the sheen of patent stilettos can become the focus of your evening look. Also, downsize your handbag to a classy metallic clutch, and your outfit will almost become secondary.
Put on rhinestones and crystal jewellery
If bringing a change of clothes isn’t possible, simply tuck some statement jewellery into your handbag. Shops such as J. Crew, Loft and Banana Republic all have pretty, sparkling numbers that won’t break the bank.