I always thought those features in In Style magazine about things you could wear from work to a fancy evening out were a bit silly. But then I bought a series of Friday opera tickets and had to eat my words.
I wore this outfit a few weeks ago to see a performance of Abduction from the Seraglio. Not only does this outfit show a good way to transition to a fancy evening, but it also demonstrates how to easily dress down something from your closet for work.
Dress - Your favorite black dress. Mine is a Theory v-neck with pockets I found on super sale at Macy's a few years ago.
Tights - Gray tights are always a favorite.
Sweater - A cardigan in papaya from J.Crew.
Belt - Braided belts are a good buy since they're infinitely adjustable.
Shoes - These little Steve Madden flats are easy and comfortable.
Ditch the sweater, belt and flats. Keep the same dress and tights!
Earrings - Everyone should have an over-the-top pair on chandelier earrings on hand for dressing up.
Pashmina - In ivory bamboo (thanks Jean!) stashed in your purse during the day.
Black Heels - The higher the better.
Note: Now that my life has calmed down a bit, I'm dabbling in what-to-wears again. But I'm still not ready for your requests yet. Hold tight.