Starting with the cardigan or jacket, and the pants, a neutral pair of comfortable work shoes are all you need for day. To switch to evening, add some eye-catching earrings, a cross-body bag that leaves your hands free for drinking/nibbling/hand-shaking, and some pretty shoes, still in your neutral. Nothing flashy, still nicely neutral, but unquestionably dressed up for the event!
Even khakis can go out to dinner with some pretty silk and some dressy earrings.
Love this little velvet bag….