Work the Look

Transform your office ensemble for a night out. 

By Nadia Gardner

Last minute party plans and you’re still stuck at work? Don’t let your corporate attire ruin your party plans. Here’s my quickest way to transform your work look for the party…

I often frequent my favourite online style destination - Plain Tiger - to put together my best outfits to carry my work look to a party, with the aim of the game being covetable and eye-grabbing pieces. I love the site’s fashion tastemakers that are the new go-to for your style inspiration, coupled with the fact that I can sport accessories from emerging sustainable talent from across the globe.

The Dress

Having worked in corporate retail PR for 14 years, I learnt to mix and match pieces in my wardrobe to wear throughout the year, including ones that take me from an office day to a chic night out. While shift dresses are a safe option for office wear, opt for something slightly different. An adaptable dress in luxurious swathes of deep black linen from l u • c i e e is your hot ticket. This dress works just as well for winter with a jacket and boots, as it does for summer with a pair of elegant Vegas black heels – wear it with a jacket to keep your look professional until the happy hours. Transform the look with an Oasis dented bangle and Vista hoop earrings, both from Matter of Fakt, and a bag with a pop of blue from Nica.


Style a pair of high-waisted, loose-fit Florence pants from 1 People that will look and feel good, with a classic and minimal black camisole from Emilia Ohrtmann or a white smocked top with yellow re-fabricated cotton dot from Lara Klawikowski for a little drama. Add a bag from Nica and a gold necklace for that final fabulous touch. 

Transforming your look from day to night should be fun. I believe in investing in chic outerwear and great shoes to elevate your wardrobe to help you look like the most expensive version of yourself - sophisticated, minimal-chic.