How To Add Downtown Edge To A Classic Outfit

by Hannah Campbell
A woman walking down the street in a white blouse, grey skirt and a long grey vest with a brown bag

There’s often a major difference between uptown and downtown style—the former personifies a classic and elegant aesthetic while the latter imbues more hip, edgy vibes. Busy gals are infrequently given the chance to completely transform their look between the office and after-work events—which are all too often in different neighborhoods—so choosing staples that lend themselves to a seamless transition is key. To help anyone with a similar plight we’ve selected a few seasonal hero pieces to nail day-to-night style, complete with styling hacks for swapping between ‘hoods. Consider this your ultimate guide.

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Uptown to Downtown

When venturing uptown, a checked mini skirt with a coordinated coat that falls below the knee creates a polished look. A feminine blouse and tall boots keep the look elevated.

For downtown, simply swap a cool knit on top for an edgier result.

A tailored pinstripe pant and coordinated blazer look timeless with a sleeveless turtleneck.

A shoulder-baring lace blouse on top is a simple swap for downtown cool.

A tie-neck blouse and flouncy skirt is the epitome of classic chic. A knee-high boot is a sophisticated pairing in cooler temps.

For a touch of downtown, sub the skirt for a leather iteration.