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.
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.