Ahead of your December galivanting and office dos I have run a few trial sessions on how to manage the logistics of traversing from office attire to glamour puss in one easy backpack.
First you need a backpack.
Also essential if you are changing in the office is a non crease outfit. My dress is an old Ronnie Nichol dress that was such a good buy several years ago. Such a good buy that I bought two, one red and one black. This one does not crease at all but sadly I can't link it as its no longer availabe.
Shoes. My black tie event shoes are stored in their box
but I pack them in a plastic bag and into my backpack for the evening.
Evening bag. This is small. It takes my phone and little else. Like the shoes I keep it in its box when its not in use.
As my backpack will be in the cloakroom concierge type area I don't want to leave valuables in there so I reduce what valuables I take to work to what will go in the evening bag later.
These essentials. Keys (if someone will be home when I get home I don't bother) travel card, £10 cash and one debit card. My work lanyard and desk key can stay in the backpack but debit card, phone and cash goes in my evening bag once I get to the event.
My make up bag contains re-application essentials, blusher, lipstick, eyeshadow. Yet I must tell you that at 5pm when I was getting ready my morning makeup was still going strong so I just touched up by deepening the eyeshadow, stippling a bit more blush on and wiping over a new coat of lippy. A swipe of my hairbrush and I was done.
All I take to work on those days goes in my backpack. I leave my normal work handbag at home.
This worked for me and I'll be keeping this guide for future occasions. I hope it's useful for you. How do you cope with an evening event straight from the office? Any further tips would be useful.