Desk to Drinks Challenge With House of Fraser…

Last week House Of Fraser asked me, if I would like to take part in a fun fashion outfit challenge. Share an outfit that can be dressed down for the office and yet can also be styled up for a night out : The Desk To Drinks Challenge. (Just in case you go out then out out!!)

As part of the fun challenge, I got to choose one of their beautiful prom dresses to share how I would style it.

It just so happens I am looking for a new job so a nice dress for work and after work drinks with friends would be perfect.

I picked out a lovely plain cream dress, with 50’s styled cars. One that would not stand out too much, blending in nicely for work. It would have also looked great for a night out with chunky blue shoes to stand out a bit more. For some reason on ordering I forgot to select the car pattern. Doh, what am I like!?

When my dress arrived then it was a big surprise as it was not one I thought I ordered. 

At first I thought; 

Oh no! 

This dress will be too loud for work. House of Fraser kindly offered me an exchange, even though it was my fault, but I decided to stay with this dress as I realised how lovely it was. 

It could be me after all!? 

I would just need to tone it down for work and only wear some nice heels for drinks. 

Easier than I first thought!?

From desk:

I styled the dress with a black cardigan and low heeled boots. It would look great in an office with a black blazer and black flat shoes, which are next on my shopping list.

It looks lovely dressed down for work.

To Drinks: 

This dress is so pretty and loud I think it looks best with plain shoes or sandals. Black, white, orange or red would be perfect. I went for red.

Love it with my red shoes..

What do you think of my outfit ideas?

How would you style this dress from desk to drink?

I was sent this dress from House of Fraser. All thoughts are my own. I was not paid for this post. Thanks for supporting the brands that I work with.


Hi, I am Claire and I created Claire Justine in 2011. I hope you enjoy reading my posts as much as I love writing them. Please leave a comment below and share your thoughts with us.



  1. Tamar SB
    April 17, 2016 / 11:29 am

    I love how you styled it! Good luck with the job hunt!

    • Clairejustine oxox
      April 17, 2016 / 5:10 pm

      Aww, thanks Tamar 🙂

  2. Julia Nyanyo
    April 17, 2016 / 9:44 pm

    It's a really lovely dress, but I would totally wear it for work without covering it up with the cardie. I rarely wear anything that is not a bright colour or two, or three though so my colleagues are used to it!I love how a simple change like shoes can totally transform a look. (love your red shoes btw!)

    • Clairejustine oxox
      April 18, 2016 / 12:09 pm

      Hi Julia, aww thank you. I love bright clothes too, makes me feel happy wearing bright things 🙂

  3. Coombe Mill
    April 19, 2016 / 8:23 am

    It looks wonderful our new and I don't think it is too loud for work I think the flat boots dress it down perfectly #TriedTested

    • Clairejustine oxox
      April 19, 2016 / 8:26 am

      Aww, thank you Fiona 🙂

  4. Natasha Mairs
    April 19, 2016 / 8:53 am

    That dress is just gorgeous!!! It's perfect for both day and night xx #TriedTested

    • Clairejustine oxox
      April 19, 2016 / 10:26 am

      Aww, thank you Natasha 🙂

  5. Kim Carberry
    April 19, 2016 / 9:50 am

    You have the best dress sense…You always look fabulous.I love that dress…You have styled it so well x

    • Clairejustine oxox
      April 19, 2016 / 10:26 am

      Aww Kim, thank you for the lovely comment :):)

  6. Mica T
    April 21, 2016 / 9:09 am

    That is a gorgeous dress, even if it wasn't the print you thought you ordered! I like it layered with the cardi for the office, and it's fantastic with the red heels for drinks!Away From The Blue Blog

    • Clairejustine oxox
      July 6, 2016 / 7:40 pm

      Thanks Mica 🙂

  7. Margarett Murphy
    April 21, 2016 / 6:05 pm

    Lovely dress. I like it with the boots.

    • Clairejustine oxox
      July 6, 2016 / 7:41 pm

      Aww, thank you 🙂

Leave a Reply

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.