My idea of business dinner appropriate means keeping it classic and conservative, but stepping it up a notch by playing with color, cuts, patterns and fabrics. I've been keeping my eye out for inspiration:
|From left: Emmy Rossum in an amber Amanda Wakeley dress with gold accessories including Coomi jewels, Rene Caovilla heels and a Jimmy Choo bag; Kate Walsh in a bold red Salvatore Ferragamo sheath, Anita Ko jewels and Jimmy Choo booties.
I love the mustard shade on Emmy above, as well as Kate's bold red sheath. There's also the "shiny" element to both of their looks, which is always a night-time standout.
|From left: Sienna Miller in a Twenty8Twelve LBD with sparkling platinum shawl; Carla Gugino in a rosette-embellished sheath, patent leather peep-toe heels, a blush clutch, Tito Pedrini earrings and a Carla Amorim ring.
If you don't want to spend a lot of money on a new look, another idea is to invest in a fun sweater or shawl like the one Sienna is wearing above, making the traditional LBD more night-time appropriate. Also, don't be afraid to have some fun with your attire, like wearing a bold rosette pattern like Carla's.
Here are a few fun styles that I've been looking at online:
|From left: Forever 21 Ponte Rosette dress, $19.80; ASOS Halter Drapey Dress in Celariac Lime, originally $68.13, on sale for $53.79; Laundry by Shelli Segal cerulean leopard jersey quilted neck belted dress, originally $175.00 , on sale for $71.19;