Day 1 – Delightful Desk to Dinner Dresses
Now that the office party and office drinks season is almost upon us, what do we hard working mature women want?
What we want is the perfect Desk-to-Dinner dress; the “work” to “wow”dress, that doesn’t require you to change.
A dress which you can wear for the office to look businesslike and not as if you didn’t get home last night. And also a dress which, without too much effort and certainly without a scrambled change in the office loo, you can transform from businesslike to glamorous for post-work drinks or dinner.
And, of course, as mature women, we have an extra requirement; the Desk-to-Dinner dress needs to be grown up and appropriate, too.
On your behalf, we’ve been searching for the perfect Desk-to-Dinner dresses, and here is our pick of the fabulous frocks which will look as good in the office all day long, as they will after work to sip cocktails or eat sushi. For these versatile dresses, all you need is a clever switch of accessories and, of course, some great jewellery or scarves…
We’ve even added in a selection of our fave perfumes! Give yourself a little spritz before you leave the office and you’re good to go!
We love this colour-block pencil dress from Wallis. Wear with a blazer and loafers or ankle boots and opaques for day, then just leave the blazer over your office chair, switch opaques for sheers, add heels or ballerinas. Then grab a clutch or cross-body bag, clip on some earrings, apply some glossy lippy and you’ll look as if you spent three hours at home getting ready!
This simply cut Jigsaw dress in a silky fabric in a flattering shape and colour will look efficient for work worn with chunky ankle boots and opaques. For after-work dazzle, swap opaques for sheers or bare legs (if they’re waxed and tanned and you don’t notice the cold), add some towering heels, a squirt of scent and, of course, statement earrings or necklace (STYLE TIP: if you are seated at a table, you want to draw attention to your face and neck; great shoes are good if you are spending all evening at the bar, but if you are eating at a table, jewellery or scarves are more important).
On our quest to bring you the most perfect desk-to-dinner dresses, this Baukjen beauty in navy ranks high. With its body-skimming shape, V-neck and fab fabric (premium quality stretch ponte), its virtues as a work dress teamed with flats and a blazer or waterfall cardigan are obvious. We think its virtues as an after-work dress teamed with heels, clutch and jewellery, are obvious, too.
Monsoon, who make this Lynette Tweed dress, tell us that it will take you from desk to dinner in an instant! What a hero dress. With its short sleeves and in a flattering shade of grey, this is the ideal dress to wear with flats and a tote for a day at the coalface, before switching shoes and bag and adding bold jewellery, to make a glamorous post-work statement.
If, like us, you are loving berry colours this brilliant berry-colour dress from Peter Hahn will tick the “berry” box as well as “the perfect desk-to-dinner dress” box. The simple cut has some clever gathering to make it ultra-flattering, while those elbow length sleeves and round neckline just beg to have fabulous necklaces and bracelets adorning them for after work.
We said we were showing you the perfect desk-to-dinner dresses, but we couldn’t resist this perfect desk-to-dinner Jaeger at John Lewis wide-leg jumpsuit. In navy pinstripe with 4% elastane for a fabulous fit, it will be right at home in the office with flat boots and a tote, while a silver or gold clutch, and a stunning necklace or statement earrings, or a silky scarf and statement earrings will ensure you dazzle at after-work drinks.
This oversized black shirt dress in luxe satin from the M&S Archive By Alexa collection, can be easily dressed down for the office with knee-high black boots and then dressed up for an evening out with heels, cross-body or clutch bag and bold jewellery.
Tell us how you cope with going from work to after-work events? Do you take a small suitcase, or do you have tricks to share?