There are days when you just want a simple outfit. Something chic that you can throw on without thinking about it and know that you look good. And what if that easy outfit could go from day-to-drinks with a simple shoe/bag change?
Camel Coat. Always the perfect choice for a basic item with a hint of refinement. When looking for a camel coat, look for something with a fitted shape. Nothing ruins this look faster than a boxy, matronly style with no structure.
Black Turtleneck. A wardrobe essential that you will reach for time and again. Look for one with a sleek fit in a medium-weight. To keep it looking its best, wash it on the gentle cycle in your machine with a delicates bag. Minimize time between washings by spritzing the under arms with a dilution of water and vodka.
This Bloomingdale’s cashmere turtleneck is a little bit of luxury for $79. For those of you with wool allergies (I hear you in the comments), try this Three Dots turtleneck. Maternity? Try this Rosie Pope top.
Black Trousers. A pair of Audrey Hepburn-inspired skinny trousers are a lovely addition to any wardrobe. The secret is proper tailoring to make them look their best. This post from Alterations Needed will show you the profound difference between off-the-rack and a few adjustments.
I chose these Ryan straight-fit pants from BR, on sale for $66. They’re pricier, but one of my friends raves (raves) about these Eileen Fisher pants, which she says are as close to “work leggings” as one can get. Plus-size? Eloquii’s Kady fit pants are worth a look.
Now, for the day-to-drinks portion of the outfit…
For Day. A stylish pointed toe flat and a structured satchel complete this ensemble for day. The look is understated, but completely pulled together. I chose this Furla Agata satchel, and these Chinese Laundry flats. I love that the satchel is big enough to hold all your essentials and comes with the crossbody strap for commuting. I added a simple Zoe Chicco earring, which is the kind of piece you’ll wear for a lifetime.
I usually style my hair up when I wear a turtleneck; I like the pulled-togetherness of the look. I like this updo I found on Pinterest, it mixes romance with sleekness. Keep your makeup simple because you’ll be adding to the look later.
For Night. Tuck your clutch and high heels into your bag for later. I use my evening clutch as a storage pouch for my wallet, keys, and other essentials, so it’s always in my purse. You can also keep the makeup you’ll need to up your look for evening in the clutch.
I chose this simple GiGi NY clutch with a fun tassel accent. For the shoes, I like these Sam Edelman Hazel heels. A flesh-toned heel strikes me as a bit more casual than a black, and if you do a 3.5-inch-plus heel height, it will feel more “after work.” Add some black eyeliner (this Sephora one is my current fave), a great highlighter, and your favorite lipstick and you’re off to happy hour in style.