Regular readers will probably know that my life is at best exquisitely eclectic, at worst manic. There are times when I don’t know what city I’m waking up in, or even what day it is. As much as I would love to wave goodbye to any kind of corporate life, I believe meetings are going to a part of my future – at least until I achieve world blogger domination mwah ha ha.
All this hustle and bustle means that my work life sometimes bleeds into my personal life, so my wardrobe has to work incredibly hard. Now I am lucky inasmuch as most of my meetings are pretty relaxed and I can get away with wearing smart/casual. Yet there are times when I have no choice other than to portray an image of authority – especially when I have to metaphorically kick some butt!
So when I called a meeting to do exactly that I decided it was time to pull out all the power dress stops. What I hadn’t realised when I scheduled the meeting was that Andrew had booked a romantic meal for us at one of our favourite restaurants, and there would be zero time between business meeting and romance.
Luckily for me I was already working on a collaboration with the Over 40 Collective on a desk to dinner look, so I already had the outfit sorted. Talk about life imitating art. I feel the power dress, which was gifted from Hobbs gives me a bit an edge – especially when I know I’m about to walk into a room full of fairly hostile (in a business sense) people.
Flexibility in a piece always appeals – eclectic life remember, and I am fairly adept at adapting outfits to fit the occasion, but had I bitten off more that I can chew with this particular dress? The question was: could I make a power dress transition from business meeting to romance?
By ditching my trench coat, using the oversize scarf as a pashmina, adding a bit of bling, changing bags and snapping on some shoe clips I think I pulled it off. What do you think?
How I Transition From Business Meeting To Romance
Think outside the box. When I make a purchase I not only consider how many times I’ll wear an item of clothing, or what I’ll wear it with – I also think HOW I’ll wear it. Large scarves become shrugs, I’ll tie smaller scarves in my hair or around my waist as a belt. Some earrings become brooches or hair accessories. Try to squeeze as many different options from each piece as you possibly can.
Bigger is better. Without a shadow of a doubt, when it comes to bags for meetings, bigger is definitely better. It’s one of the only times that size really does matter 😉
Take the black beauty I chose for this outfit. It’s big enough to hold my Mac, make up for freshening up, my jewellery to bling up and even my evening bag.
Ch-ch-ch-changes. If you are going out after work, whether it be for a romantic meal or a night on the town, it can be a total and complete faff to change outfits.
Try adding some unusual jewellery, bling up your shoes with shoe clips (the ones I’m wearing are my favourites because they remind me of Smarties), add a pretty hair slide to your hair, or twist a scarf in your hair.
Shop Similar Styles
I hope this post has given you a few idea for transitioning from business meetings to romantic liaisons. To give you even more ideas, here are the ladies from The Over 40 Collective who have all gone from desk to dinner in their own way.
Some of their posts will go live after this one has published, so do keep checking back and click through to their posts. I’ve posted their desk looks, go check out how they’ve styled their dinner looks.
I adore taking part in these collaborations as we all have such different tastes and styles yet I always pick up a few styling tips. Do let me know in the comments what you think and share any tips you may have for transitioning from desk to dinner.
Dress – c/o Hobbs
Shoes – c/o Hobbs
Pashmina – c/o Hobbs
Raincoat – Hobbs (only a couple left in the sale)
Pink Bag – Dorothy Perkins (again, only a few left)
Black Bag – Past season but I like this one (smart and businesslike)