After Work Cocktails – Here’s What to Wear

Blue Trend 3You’re just leaving the office, heading out to catch up with a few of your favorite girlfriends for dinner (and perhaps a cocktail or two). It can be tricky trying to pick out an outfit that will transition well from day to night, but here’s an idea to help you out.

The Pants

You’ll need a pair of pants to help you transform from a day-to-nighttime look. These trousers are tailored and work appropriate, but they still scream fun and style. They’re far from drab (hello, blue!) and are the perfect pairing to a pretty navy blue blouse.

The Blouse

If you’re going to be in the same outfit for 12 or more hours, you need to be comfortable, otherwise you’ll be out on the town, counting down the minutes until you’re back  home in your sweatpants.  This flowy  blouse with clean lines will make you look stylish at work and after hours, and keep you comfortable the whole time too.  Navy also keeps you looking chic – it’s a great alternative to a boring black which can drag you down after 40.

The Shoes

A plain black shoe would take this outfit from stylish to so-so. Instead, go for a grey suede pump to give this outfit some texture and depth. Grey really grounds the outfit with a neutral , but is not as harsh as black.

The Bag

This bright blue bag is perfect to take from day to evening because of its satchel shape. It’s big enough to carry important work files in when you’re coming and going from the office, but it doesn’t look or feel like a briefcase because it’s not obnoxiously big, and because it’s this stylish shade of blue!

Combing slightly different shades of one color has been a huge trend in the last couple of years. These rich blue hues work so beautifully together and give the outfit a very royal feel.

The Jewelry

The blue blouse, pants, and bag combined make a huge statement on their own, so keep your jewelry relatively simple. These lady-like studs and  bangles are feminine and elegant, in keeping with the look, and of course nothing looks richer than gold and blue.

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What to Wear to Thanksgiving Dinner

Deborah BolandYes, it’s a family dinner, not some big evening out on the town,  and you definitely want to be comfy, but  life is too short to be frumpy!

This Thanksgiving seize the holiday spirit by saying no to sloppy sweatpants and boring  slump-around-clothes and try these suggestions for outfits that are both casual and classy.

Style Contributor Morgan Mullin has put together a few ideas for how to Look Fabulous After 40 at your Thanksgiving dinner.


For Casual Gatherings

Just because it’s a low-key meal doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice style. A cozy oversized pullover with a scoop or V- neck shows off  your lovely collarbones (a body part that looks good on every woman, regardless of her shape). Paired with tried-and-true skinny jeans, you’ll look pulled together, yet effortless.

Add big earrings or a statement necklace and a structured bag in  a pop of color to polish off the look! For footwear, consider riding boots- your jeans will tuck into them easily, and they walk the line between fashionable and comfortable.


To Look a Little Dressier at the Thanksgiving Table

If you’ve invited some extra company this year and you want to look a little more festive, then why not try a sweater dress? A sweater dress is a fantastic way to look glam and relaxed all at the same time.

The soft, bulky texture of knit dress ensures you don’t look  too formal, but the fact that you are wearing a dress kicks things up a notch.  And if you pick a sweater dress that is more structured like this Ralph Lauren Sweater Dress  or this marigold cotton sweater dress  it can be very flattering.

Pair your sweater dress with some great jewelry and tights or even leggings if your dress is short,  for an easygoing look that’s also fashion-forward. Flats are the perfect shoe choice to keep it casual.


Dressed-Up Dinner or Busy in the Kitchen?

Your holiday might a formal affair, but that doesn’t mean it has to be stuffy. Instead of a traditional little black dress, try dressy printed pants and a chic top.  These tone-on-tone brocade pants are subtle, but elegant and up your style quotient by about a million points, while bolder prints like this black and white pair shout “fearless fashionista!”

A top with some flow to it will look fab with the pants and  hide any tummy bloat from  that extra helping of dinner.

Big earrings and simple flats are the perfect bookends to your look, so your pants can take center stage and let you ace the dress code in a fresh new way.

Regardless of what your plans are this special holiday, push yourself to celebrate in style. When you dress nice, you feel good. So glam up a little, enjoy your friends and family, and don’t be too hard on yourself if you happen to find room for one more piece of pumpkin pie!

* By Morgan Mullins. View Morgan’s full profile here.

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