As many of you surely know, September is the month where summer ends and we all trundle back to work or University with heavy hearts. No more lazy lay-in mornings, all night parties or sunny holiday frolics (unless you’ve got a late hols booked, if so then lucky you!), it’s back to reality for the most of us. However, an upside to this period of time is picking a new back-to-work wardrobe for the new season, although sometimes a lack of funds (perhaps you partied too hard this summer!) mean that you can only afford a few signature pieces. To maximise the wears you get out of your new clothes, get creative with your wardrobe. With a few simple details one piece of clothing can be transformed from a daytime work uniform to a dazzling nighttime outfit. I have created a few examples below!
Add some simple, cute and practical accessories to this skirt to dress it down for an everyday outing. Low maintenance ponytails were seen all over the catwalks this Autumn/Winter, and a roll-neck will keep you warm and looking stylish as it gets colder, and ankle boots are a staple that can transition throughout seasons.
For a nighttime look, get decadent! There’s no such thing as too much with this show-stopping outfit. A lace bustier will add some sex appeal, and chandelier earrings and crystal-embellished heels are details that will keep you looking refined. Sumptuous matte red lips finish off the look!
1. Paris Fashion Week AW13 2. Brown Cambridge Satchel by the Cambridge Satchel Company at Shopbop - £103.18 3. Polo Neck Blouse by New Look -£12.99 4. Charlotte Chelsea Boot by Poste Mistress at Office - £135 5. Corset with Cornelli Lace by ASOS - £16 6. Crystal Suede Sandals by Brian Atwood a Net-A-Porter - £825 7. Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in Mysterious Red by Nars - £17.50 8. Black Chandelier Earrings by LK Designs at Pret A Beaute - £100.30
For a look that is perfect for the office pair this jacket with a cute pussy-bow blouse and an on-trend midi circle skirt. Brogue heels keep the look strictly business yet some patterned tights add some modern fun to the mix!
Let your wild, inner rock-goddess out by pairing the tuxedo jacket with dark jewel shades and androgynous sex appeal. Channel the underwear-as-outwear trend with a daring bodysuit and layer on the silver jewellery for an effortless look. Retro-inspired hats are here to stay this Autumn/Winter, and they’re great for covering up when transitioning from a bad-hair day to a glamorous night!
1. Black and Ivory Polka Dot Blouse by Whistle and Wolf - £40 2. Black Ponte Full Midi Skirt by Dorothy Perkins - £18 3. Spotted Tights by Pretty Polly at John Lewis - £5 4. Lily Leather Heels by Office - £60 5. Mulberry Felt Diva Hat by Kangol at karmaloop.co.uk - £65 6. Hella Block Body by Playful Promises - £35 7. Silver Multi-chain Bib Necklace by Michael Kors at Saks Fifth Avenue - £133.41 8. Intense Eye shadow in Lust Red by Giorgio Armani Beauty - £26
For a daytime look, make this mini more demure with ballet flats and a casual low braid for instant romance. Add a soft waterfall cardigan in complimentary colours to finish off the look, and an oversized handbag is a functional and pretty accessory for work.
For a night-out, become your inner gypsy fortune-teller with bohemian floral accessories, fringed details and oodles of silver jewellery. Delicate fuchsia lips will finish of this dreamy look!
1. Valentino runway AW13 2. Waterfall Ribbed Cardigan by Chesca at John Lewis - £85 3. Flocked Leather Hobo Bag by Red Valentino at Neiman Marcus -£338.34 4. Barbara Ballet flats by Whistles - £110 5. Oversized Floral Headband by Rock N’ Rose at ASOS - £42 6. After Glow Lip Colour in Festive Fuchsia by Stila at Feel Unique - £12 7. Kiana Fringed Ankle Boot by Sam Edelman at Bernard Boutique - £250 8. Silver and Pyrite Bracelet by Colana at luisaviaroma.com - £206
Hope this has given you some new season back-to-work wardrobe inspiration! The dress featured above is going to be a Facebook giveaway very soon so like us on Facebook if you haven't already and keep your eyes peeled!