This is a busy time of year when many demands are made on your time. While the demands can be enjoyable like attending parties or networking events, you need some preparation and planning with your daytime wardrobe so that feelings of being overwhelmed in the process won’t happen especially if the event is scheduled right after work.

The main backbone of your closet should be good quality, basic neutrals that can be dressed up or down as needed. One good neutral that should be in every woman’s closet is the LBD – little black dress. Or Blue, if that’s a more flattering color!

An exquisitely cut, basic dress in your best color can be a great workhorse for the professional business image and with a few interesting accessories, can become an elegant ensemble for a special evening out. For those who have a Triangular shape and have difficulty in finding a well-fitting dress, may want to opt for a two piece outfit in the same color instead.

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For daytime office wear – Depending on your industry, a great business look would be to pair the LBD with a contrasting jacket, understated jewellery, hosiery and pumps.

Houdstooth Jacket

Black Pumps
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After work for a casual event, leave the jacket and pumps at the office. Change into colored tights and boots. Add an interesting eye-catching belt in the same hue as the tights to give you a sophisticated, relaxed look.

Light Orange Tights
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For a dressy affair when you need to be glammed up for an after-work get-together, remove the jacket and add a faux fur wrap, jewellery that glitters, patterned hosiery and a gorgeous pair of high heels. Don’t forget your beautiful clutch and you’re off to a wonderful night out with friends!

Faux Fur

Chandelier Earrings


Red Shoes
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The key is to find a well-made, quality (best you can afford) neutral base allowing you to create different looks according to your specific needs. This is how to create workable, affordable wardrobes that last. Remember the mantra, “Less is more”, not less quality but less in quantity!

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