With the party season fast approaching, the frequency of after-work drinks is going up faster than the nation’s Christmas trees. And seeing as you wouldn’t want to waste a second going home to change, the careful balancing act of finding attire fit for both work and play is now in your hands. So, inspired by AW18 fashion trends, here are 4 IDEAL style tips to help you go from desk to drinks this festive season.


Fancy a full outfit change before you head out? Style down a jumper dress during the day with tights and flat pumps and dress it up for the evening with a cross-body bag and printed shoes. Black is the perfect colour for work transitioning into play as it gives off sophisticated vibes in a business meeting and creates a classy evening look when you head out to the bar.

Accessorise with chunky drop-earrings and statement rings to complete the look. Fortunately for us, knitted jumper dresses come in a range of styles today, suitable for all shapes and sizes. Choose one with a leg-split for something that’s less formal if you want to show off your pins post 5 pm.


Not all gatherings involve hitting the bars of course, so how should you style it out for a post-work meal out? We’d recommend keeping on trend with this season’s colour palette — autumnal brown. Choose a culotte waistline to show off your curves but keep it formal with a jumper and blazer. When it’s time to clock-out, swap your smart coat for a leopard print jacket and you’re ready for the evening. It’s that simple.

Bringing together different garments from the same colour palette is an on-trend technique that’s ideal for work-to-play outfits; it creates a look that feels just the right side of carefully curated and not too loud for work.


Choose a no-fuss outfit that doesn’t take long to put together once you’ve clocked out. Like every year, we’re embracing the glitz and glam of the winter season so include a touch of sparkle in whatever you choose.


The chunky knit and skirt combo pictured below is perfect for a seasonal party, keeping you warm enough for when you’re walking from bar to bar but dressy enough for when you hit the dancefloor. The style of this jumper is ideal for the office, and the high-neck brings an edge to your workwear look. Simply pair with black jeans throughout the day and swap for a mini-skirt for the evening. Pair with your favourite pair of heeled pointed courts and clutch bag, complete with gold embellishments, and you’re ready for whatever the night holds.




Rachel is the beauty and fashion director at IDEAL. She loves trying new products and is an avid fan of London's fashion, from the high end to the high street.