Raise your hand if you've ever been in this modern-day conundrum: You have a first date waiting at the end of your workday but only a short 15 minutes to get from your office to the bar, leaving you with no time to prep, polish, or even change. You'll just have to rely on the hope that you picked the right outfit in the morning to get you through the day and pray to find a red lipstick in your desk drawer. That's all well and good, but what outfit will seamlessly blend at the bar as much as it does in the boardroom? Shoulder straps and stilettos being out of the question, we turned to the only person we knew who could solve this digital-age dilemma: a fashion editor.
Heading to a date straight from the office takes off the pressure of fussing over what to wear. Usually, a polished pair of jeans (or pants), mules, and a cute top fit the bill for both work and drinks afterward. Then, if I need an extra boost of confidence, I'll swipe on a red lip—easy.
Better yet, you probably have all these in your closet already. Wondering what to wear on your next weeknight date? We put together a few fashion editor–approved options.
From Boardroom to Bar Bites
On a day where you need to keep your outfit semi-professional, swap out your blue jeans for a colored denim, and pair with a simple (but sultry) wrap blouse. Finish off your look with silver mules and a bright red lip, and you'll be ready to head to the bar for your date.
From Client Meeting to Happy Hour
This outfit is perfect for happy hour—when most people are still dressed in workwear. A lacy blouse is professional while still being date-appropriate while the red pants add a seductive touch. Pair this with comfortable slides and a structured mini bag.
From Casual Friday to Cocktails
Is your office jean-friendly? Pair high-waisted denim flares with a frilly top for the perfect day-to-night look. All you'll need is statement mules and a beautiful bag to add a little visual interest to your outfit.
From Board Meeting to Dinner
There are those days when you need to look like a million bucks, both in the boardroom and at the bar. If your day consists of an important board meeting followed by a Michelin-starred dinner date, try a sleek pair of white paints mixed with a dramatic black top with statement sleeves. A deep red lip and Gucci mules will complete this powerful look.