From Office Attire to Dinner-and-Drinks

You know the feeling; you’ve been invited to yet another retirement party after work and dread carrying a change of clothes, makeup, and jewelry around all day. Happy hours, birthday parties, and date-nights sometimes require going straight from professional work-wear to evening chic without leaving time to go home and change your attire. Just as you multi-task at home or in the office, you need wardrobe options that can perform many functions as well. With a few well-placed accessories and hair and makeup alterations, you can go from office-classy to nighttime-sexy in minutes.

Think of what you want to wear that night: is it a bright top and skirt or a sleeveless dress? These options can be toned down for daytime wear and dressed up for the evening. Add a suit jacket over a cute blouse with a skirt or pants for the office and rock the top solo at night, or dress down a pencil dress with a cardigan for daytime. By layering your look, you can go from day to night, no changing room necessary.

While layering is an important aspect of the transition, accessories and shoes are the real power players in this scenario. For the office, stick with a conservative shoe and simply jewelry, like stud earrings. At night, change it up with strappy sandals or higher heels and funky jewelry, such as chandelier earrings or a chunky bracelet.

Hair and Makeup
For a chic daytime look, try a low bun or sleek ponytail that can be taken down later on or dressed up with a shiny barrette. Carrying a smoky eye pencil and darker lipstick in your bag allows you to make a quick transition. Dab on a bit of lip-gloss and smudgy eyeliner, and you are ready to hit the town!

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