From Desk to Dinner: Effortless Style Tips for Every Occasion

Woman wearing Neem vintage silk sari kimono style wrap dress with sequin trousers and top saying joy

Make the occasion with what you wear. If it's worth getting up for it's worth getting dressed for. Whether you're heading to the office, meeting friends for brunch, or attending a fancy dinner party, effortless style is key. But how can you achieve that perfect balance of comfort and chic without spending hours planning your outfit? Fear not, because I've got you covered. In this article, I share some simple yet effective style tips that will take you from desk to dinner with ease. From versatile wardrobe staples to easy accessory swaps.  How your dress your mood and mindset are interwoven.  Worth being the key.  You are worthy of looking and feeling fabulous. So get ready to upgrade your wardrobe game with these effortless style tips.

Building a Capsule Wardrobe: Key Pieces for Every Occasion

Building a capsule wardrobe is a great way to simplify your wardrobe and create versatile outfits for any occasion. A capsule wardrobe consists of a few essential pieces that can be mixed and matched to create a variety of outfits. These key pieces include:

1. A tailored blazer: This is a versatile piece that can be dressed up or down. Pair it with jeans and a t-shirt for a casual look, or wear it over a dress for a more formal occasion.  A charity shop is a great place to start.

2. A classic white shirt: This wardrobe staple can be worn in a variety of ways. Dress it up with a skirt or dress pants, or wear it with jeans for a casual look.

3. A dress: This timeless piece is a must-have for any wardrobe. Dress it up with heels and statement jewelry, or wear it with sneakers for a more casual look.  eluroom dresses are based on timeless shapes destined to be wardrobe favourites - take a look at the collection

4. Comfortable jeans: A good pair of jeans can be dressed up or down. Pair them with a blazer for a business casual look, or wear them with a t-shirt for a more casual look.

5. Neutral-colored shoes: My motto is metallics are a neutral so pimp up your footwear.  Next time you buy a pair of switch out the black or nude for a metallic. 

By investing in these key pieces, you'll be able to create a variety of outfits for any occasion without having to spend hours planning your outfit. 

Try this fun exercise to build your capsule wardrobe

Dressing for Work: AKA from Desk to Dinner

Transitioning from work to dinner can be a challenge, but with the right outlook, it can be effortless.  You have your capsule collection of wardrobe favourites but what about the pieces you love that you save for 'good'.  Why do we do this to ourselves.  If its worth getting up for it's worth getting dressed for.  Here you can make the occasion.  Wear that sparkly top, or swishy dress. BTW maxi dresses are great for this.  Pair it with a blazer and or trainers comfort.  Don't waster your time or energy on carting things around and switching them up.  A swipe of lipstick a spray of perfume and your set.   The 2x2 code which is all over ticktock is a great way to break it down by numbers.  2 smarter pieces paired with 2 casual pieces.  

Dressing for a Night Out or Occasion: Effortlessly Chic Style Tips

Hands up who has been to anything where the dress code is clear?  The races, a church wedding.  There are not many these days where we come unstuck.  The dilemma.  A common pitfall is to go and buy something totally outside of our usual style, which means firstly we are likely to to feel comfortable and will probably never wear it again. It be good excuse to get something new - go for it.  Approach it from a place of joy, this will shine through in what you select and how you feel wearing it.  You can make a day of it hitting the store or shop online.  See how it integrates with the rest of your wardrobe - you could find a wardrobe game changer which turns the fine into fabulous.  Remember feeling fabulous is free The most important thing is to enjoy it.  Wear what you feel most comfortable in.  This can be down to your mood.  How your dress your mood and mindset are interwoven. Pick a colour to boost your mood or a style to reflect your mood.

Don't be afraid to experiment with bold colors and prints. A colorful dress or a printed blouse can make a statement and add personality to your outfit.   Accessories can make all the different, again experiment with colour and size.  Read on to find out more about accessories.

With these tips, you'll be able to create effortlessly chic looks for a night out.

jade wering ausus jade green maxi dress sitting on mustard velvet couch

Accessorizing: The Finishing Touches for Every Outfit

Accessories can make or break an outfit. When it comes to accessorizing, less is often more. Instead of piling on statement jewelry, opt for one or two key pieces that complement your outfit.

We tend to gravitate to a certain accessory for example are you a shoe person or a bag person?  Maybe it's sunglasses.  Try this fun quiz to learn your style personality.

For example, if you're wearing a simple dress, a statement necklace or a pair of earrings can add a touch of glamour to your outfit. If you're wearing a printed blouse, opt for simple stud earrings and a dainty bracelet to keep the focus on your outfit.

When it comes to shoes and bags, opt for neutral colors that can be worn with a variety of outfits. This is where metallics turn the fine into fabulous.  

Hair and Makeup: Simple Tips for Polished Perfection

Hair and makeup are the finishing touches to any outfit. When it comes to hair, keep it simple.  What are you most comfortable with hair up or down?   I know when I struggle with my hair it's because I need a haircut.  Never ever though for a big occasion/event go for a radical change with your hair.

When it comes to makeup, I like the tip of focussing on a feature.  I'm all about smokey eye til I die with a nude lip but every now and then I crave a pop of colour so will switch it out with a splash of mascara and bold lip.  

woman putting on lipstick and winking

Dressing for Your Body Type: Flattering Styles for Every Shape

When it comes to dressing for your body type, it's important to choose styles that flatter your shape.  As a yoga teacher I see so many different bodies.  Take time to appreciate yours and figure out what you want to show off.  We all have parts we love and some we don't. Media can play a bit part in this too - body shapes go in and out of fashion and this is all done to play on our minds and get us to buy things.  Check out my body shape guide to learn more about the best parts of your body.

It's also important to choose the right undergarments. A well-fitting bra and shapewear can make all the difference in creating a smooth silhouette.

Remember, the key to dressing for your body type is to accentuate your best features and choose styles that make you feel beautiful

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Conclusion: Confidence is Key

Effortless style is all about feeling confident in your outfit. With these tips, you'll be able to create stylish looks for any occasion without breaking a sweat. Remember to invest in versatile wardrobe staples, follow dress codes, and accessorise with care. And most importantly, have fun with your outfits and let your confidence shine through.  Feel fabulous whatever the occasion


  • Rosemary Davis on

    Thanks for sharing these timeless and helpful tips!
    Looking our best is vital to feeling good, enjoying the moments, and building our self-confidence.

  • Michele on

    Hi! Great tips on capsule wardrobe ideas. Thanks for sharing! Also those sequin pants—amazing!! Can’t wait to read more! xo Michele

  • jESS on

    Hi! Good to meet you! Fashion is my thang! :-) Love the tips here, and the capsule wardrobe ideas, as well as not buying something out of your style for an event, that you wont wear again. The makeup tip is wonderful, I have not mastered the smokey eye. Love a bold lip!
    Enjoy your week!
    jess xx

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