From Desk to Dinner

It’s Friday night and you have a date after work. There is no way that you have enough time to go home and change, and you’d rather not wrinkle your top by stuffing it in a bag. Solution: wear something versatile! Pairing work-wear with more casual elements is a great way to extend your wardrobe and get more use out of each item.

Blazers, dresses, tailored pants, a nice blouse: none of these items are work specific. Pairing work-wear with casual-wear is a great way to achieve the balance you are looking for when going out after work, whether for dinner, the movies, or drinks with friends. You don’t want to look like you are trying too hard, but you want to avoid looking like a slob. Instead of going to the movies in that oversized sweatshirt yet again, dress up your jeans with something more formal and sleek.

Wearing a blazer, black slacks, and a blouse to work today? Trade out the slacks for dark skinny jeans, add a bit of jewelry and lipstick, and you’re set!

Wearing a dress? Add some fun, colorful accessories and a cute heel.

Lauren Conrad gives advice to her readers in her article about dressing for work and night. She suggests starting with a basic canvas and changing out accessories and layering pieces at the end of your shift. Accessories are small and easy to bring along, plus you don’t have to worry about them wrinkling.

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I made very simple changes in the above example. For work, wear a blazer and heels with a pearl necklace.  To make the look more casual for after work, switch the blazer out for a cardigan, change into flats, and add a scarf. All of these accessories are easy to transport, plus you do not need to worry about finding a place to change.