What To Wear To Transition From Business Meeting To Romance


Wearing a grey trench coat, purple shrug and black power dress for a meeting | How to transition from business meeting to romance | The Barefaced Chic, a fashion blog for women over 50

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.

Standing in front of a pillar wearing a grey trench coat, purple shrug and black power dress for a meeting | How to transition from business meeting to romance | The Barefaced Chic, a fashion blog for women over 50

Standing in front of a pillar wearing a grey trench coat, purple shrug and black power dress for a meeting | How to transition from business meeting to romance | The Barefaced Chic, a fashion blog for women over 50 
Standing in front of a pillar wearing a purple shrug and black power dress for a meeting | How to transition from business meeting to romance | The Barefaced Chic, a fashion blog for women over 50
Standing in front of a pillar wearing a purple shrug and black power dress for a meeting | How to transition from business meeting to romance | The Barefaced Chic, a fashion blog for women over 50
Close up of black low heeled suede shoes, large black bag, black power dress for a meeting | How to transition from business meeting to romance | The Barefaced Chic, a fashion blog for women over 50

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?

Standing in front of a pillar wearing a grey trench coat, purple shrug and black power dress for a meeting | How to transition from business meeting to romance | The Barefaced Chic, a fashion blog for women over 50

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.

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Wearing a black dress, silver bling, a pink clutch bag and purple wrap for a romantic evening | How to transition from business meeting to romance | The Barefaced Chic, a fashion blog for women over 50

Wearing a black dress, silver bling, a pink clutch bag and purple wrap for a romantic evening | How to transition from business meeting to romance | The Barefaced Chic, a fashion blog for women over 50
Close up of shoe clips that look like Smarties and wearing a black dress, silver bling, a pink clutch bag and purple wrap for a romantic evening | How to transition from business meeting to romance | The Barefaced Chic, a fashion blog for women over 50 
Wearing a black dress, silver bling, a pink clutch bag and purple wrap for a romantic evening | How to transition from business meeting to romance | The Barefaced Chic, a fashion blog for women over 50
Wearing a black dress, silver bling, a pink clutch bag and purple wrap for a romantic evening | How to transition from business meeting to romance | The Barefaced Chic, a fashion blog for women over 50

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.

Annette from Lady Of Style in her work wear | Transitioning from business meetings to romance | The Barefaced Chic a blog for women over 50

Lady Of Style – Part One Part Two | Instagram 

Michelle of RetroChicMama in her work wear | Transitioning from business meetings to romance | The Barefaced Chic a blog for women over 50

RetroChicMama | Instagram

Catherine of Not Dresses As Lamb wearing her work wear

Not Dressed As Lamb | Instagram

I adore taking part in these collaboration 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)

20 Comments

  1. September 4, 2017 / 12:47 pm

    You look so gorgeous Michelle. equally so in both your desk and romance look. I love how adding the shoe clips makes them look totally different. Some very good advice in their too. And might I say that you appear to look younger and younger with every blog post! Big hugs lovely lady xxx

    • September 5, 2017 / 12:11 pm

      Ah thank you Liz, though if you could see me today after my hospital trip you’d probably think you were watching an episode of the walking dead
      xxxx

  2. September 4, 2017 / 2:06 pm

    Shoes clips hey? Well I never…Learn something new every week! These are bloody genius, why have I never seen them before? I have so many shoes that would be transformed into a second look with these nifty little cuties. As I always say, you’re gorgeous & clever, thanks babe xx

    • September 5, 2017 / 12:13 pm

      I think shoe clips were really in quite a while back – they were everywhere. Not so easy to get hold of now but I love them, and they really do add another dimension to a wardrobe.
      xxxx

  3. September 4, 2017 / 3:59 pm

    Those shoes and clutch are the PERFECT finishing touch to take your dress from boardroom to barroom! This is so pretty on you, Michelle, and pretty perfect for your chaotic lifestyle when you never know where your day may take you. The shoe clips (while making me hungry… smarties!!) are fabulous; I love those. Beautiful, lady. xxx

    • September 5, 2017 / 12:16 pm

      Thank you lovely lady! The outfit actually worked really well. The dress is super comfy and I didn’t feel to office-like in the evening.
      xxx

  4. September 4, 2017 / 4:12 pm

    Ditto what Liz said about looking younger every time, MLD!! You’ve shown how a simple black dress is never boring when you style it well. I have a Hobbs trench coat too and know just how beautifully made they are, so that one’s a no-brainer for a smart work look. And OMG the bling in your evening look is beautiful – the watch is TDF – and how you’ve not tried to eat those shoe clips I have no idea because they really do look like Smarties, hehe 😉

    I’ve loved working on this project with you and the other lovely O40Co ladies, I think we all need to give ourselves a big pat on the back!

    Catherine x

    • September 5, 2017 / 12:19 pm

      Thank you my lovely

      I bought the trench in the sale and it’s incredibly well made – I think I’m going to be wearing it to death! I do seem to be blinging things up lately, I blame Lisa

      As always, it’s been a pleasure working on this cooperating with you lot.
      xxx

  5. September 4, 2017 / 5:10 pm

    You totally nailed it. I love all the cool touches, the shoe clips and silver jewellery. The colours really suit you.

  6. Jackie
    September 4, 2017 / 8:20 pm

    What body type (shape) would you say you have? Its good to know as a guide.

    • September 5, 2017 / 12:22 pm

      I Jackie.

      When I was younger I was very straight up and down, but as I’ve reached midlife I’ve developed more of an hourglass figure. At the moment I’m bottom heavy as I’m holding a lot of weight around my middle. I’m a UK size 12 and am wearing shape wear in this post (and quite a few of my others) to suck my tummy in.

      I hope that helps.

  7. September 5, 2017 / 6:56 am

    Hi Michelle. What a great bag with all these belts. I absolutely love it, as well as your remark that size really matters in this perspective. Maybe I should try out a large bag for practical purposes too. I always stick to tiny ones, since I feel they suit my own size so much better. So, thinking outside the bag box might be the thing for me to do! Thanks for the inspiration. Love, Lieske

    • September 5, 2017 / 12:25 pm

      I always used to carry small bags because of my size (I’m 5′), but I’ve been experimenting with larger ones for a few years now. They don’t seem to be drowning me out so it might be worth you giving one a try xx

  8. September 6, 2017 / 9:04 pm

    This is all so pretty! I love that even when you have to kick butt, you still look feminine. Feminine can still equal powerful! Those shoe clips are just the best. I love a huge bag! I seem to fluctuate between barely there, cross bodies and giant, mega bags! Love everything about this dress and the way you styled it. And your skin looks Ah-MAZING!
    ~Melissa xx
    https://freshairandfalselashes.com

    • September 7, 2017 / 1:20 pm

      I’m the same with bags Melissa! I seem to go from one extreme to the other lately
      Thank you for the compliment xxx

  9. September 9, 2017 / 3:46 pm

    I think you did a pretty good job with your bling, clutch and shoe clips. Those clips are real pretty and unusual.
    The clutch reminds me I NEED one like this. All your girls had such a beautiful and colourful at the UK Blog Awards. But me.
    Greetje

    • September 11, 2017 / 9:38 am

      The clutch is actually the same one I wore to the UK Blog Awards – I use it a lot! The shoe clips are my favourite because they go with everything.
      xxxx

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