If I’m going out for a drink or dinner after work, how can I easily change my ensemble without carrying a new outfit with me?
The easiest thing to do is wear dark, formal trousers and a jacket, with a dressy top or camisole underneath. When you’re on your way out of the office, you can slip off the jacket. If you don’t think it’s appropriate to wear an ornate top under your jacket, wear a simple blouse and carry along a dressier option to change into. Another simple way: When you’re picking your outfit for the day, choose something slightly more stylish than usual. But the trick which I find makes a world of difference with a minimum amount of effort is changing the colour
of the lipstick and adding a pair of dangling earrings.
I love large bags and carry them to work as well but, unfortunately, my colleagues think I’m showing off because some of them happen to be expensive brands. That’s not the impression I want to create, so how can I fit in without giving up my passion for big bags?
I’m sorry to break it to you, but carrying branded bags to work is, in a way, showing off. If you have to take them to work, I suggest you opt for those which have the logo all over, rather than a chunky logo or detail dangling from the piece. It’s better to have all-over branding than single eye-catching branding. The size of your bag should also not be inappropriate for the purpose it was meant to serve. You can’t blame your colleagues for thinking the way they do if you show up with a giant metallic Gucci bag. Keep your branded stuff for evenings or nights out. They will fit in more easily there than at the workplace. And finally, if it’s really the workmanship of the brand you’re after, there are subtle options from most luxury brands. Opt for those and you’ll still have a branded bag, but no one will really know.
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