I recall a rather mortifying event one Valentine’s Day. Having just left the office on my way to meet a date, I had my “go out heels” in a bag on hand in an attempt to delay the inevitable torment that is switching out my comfy flats for pinching stilettos. It probably didn’t help that it was pouring heavily – and I vividly recall the struggle of having to balance on one foot while I awkwardly slip each side into the heels before the date started. I wish that was all there is to the story, but an hour before that, I was in the washroom at the office changing into an outfit that wouldn’t have been appropriate for the workplace.
That’s the thing about date nights: they’re an absolute pain in the neck when they fall on work days.
I made a solemn vow that night to never put myself through that hullabaloo again. Instead, I need to strategically plan my outfits so that they work for both the boardroom and an after hours date at a fancy restaurant.
Now that V-Day (and the anniversary of that tragic night) is fast approaching, this ongoing goal of mine feels particularly relevant. The days of hauling a separate outfit and a change of shoes to work are no more; coordinate an outfit that hits the sartorial nail on the head from desk to drinks.
To help you with that, here are 5 curated ensembles to try out this V-Day below.