Take Your Outfit From Work To Play With These Stylish Suggestions

When it's the middle of the work week, a date, or a night out with friends, it usually means bringing something to change into after work- or dashing home at the height of evening traffic for a quick wardrobe switch. Ladies why not opt to freshen up your makeup and skip the cocktail dress. Be ready to go in just a few minutes with these great tips.

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1. Helmut Lang Wrap-effect silk-chiffon top USD 295/ net-a-porter.
  2. Thomas Sabo Glam and Soul Sun Silver Pendant USD 134/  thomassabo
3. Alice + Olivia Olive Draped Shawl Collar Blazer USD 396/ aliceandolivia.
4.. Thomas Sabo Glam and Soul Ear Studs USD 334/  thomassabo
5. Mulberry The Willow small textured-leather tote USD2,350/ net-a-porter
6. Dolce Vita Vulcan Open Toe Bootie USD 329.29/ nordstrom
7. Nanette Lepore Foul Play Pleated Floral Print Skirt/ neimanmarcus


This is the most flexible part of the outfit. If your bottom is work-appropriate, you can have a bit more fun with a top that says a lot without revealing everything about you, and I mean physically. You can hide an asymmetrical neckline, sleeveless, or sheer look with a jacket. Skip the boring button-up, or safe, solid blouse, and have fun mixing and matching your styles, colours, and prints for a new look.


Some girls feel confident baring their pins, while others prefer leggings, or sexy slacks. Skip the leggings and jeans. Instead of the traditional lined pencil suit skirt, try something a little different, like a fun, pleated number, or a pair of dress pants with a more unconventional cut.


We ladies are notorious for being too cold, too hot, or really just too good-looking. Remember, a blazer is more flexible than a sweater, both inside the office and out. They are also a great way to tone down an outfit that might be a little too risqué, or sharpen up a look that might otherwise seem casual.


While most can appreciate a good pair of stilettoes, sometimes the mere thought of high heels is enough to make any girl skip out on a night of fun. But, let’s face it: your work-safe ballet flats just won’t do. Jazz up an outfit with creative sandals or chunky heels instead. Cold out? Try some cute boots. Even vintage peep-toe wedges can work wonders. There is more than one way to get you a confident, sexy feeling , and it definitely shouldn’t take an extra three inches (we’re still talking about shoes here) to make you feel fabulous.   


If you’re the average dame, your work bag and your evening-out clutch are not one in the same. Also, neither will work in this situation. Compromise by leaving the bulky stuff in the car, or office overnight, and switch over your neccessities to a stylish medium cross-body or shoulder bag. This will free your hands up for more important things like holding your drink, or taking down a cute guy’s number.

Regarding jewelry, instead of matching gemstone colors to your outfit, choose interesting, and original, pieces. The compliments you’re bound to receive can be great conversation starters. 

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1.  Loft Vine Lace Tee USD 19.84 /loft.
2. Alice + Olivia Stacey Pant USD 151/ aliceandolivia
3. Jimmy Choo Baxen Patent Peep Toe Wedge USD 625/ neimanmarcus
4. Thomas Sabo Glam & Soul BangleUSD 769/ thomassabo
5. Kate Spade New York Shoulder Bag – Sedgewick Place Delaney USD 458/bloomingdales

Tips for Ladies: Keep a small makeup bag at work with duplicates of your basic cosmetics to transition your look from daytime to playtime. Especially if you’re required to wear a uniform, keep a change of fun sandals or heels, maybe a more risqué top and neat pair of form-fitting black slacks or iron-free skirt at work that can all match multiple outfits. Channel your inner Carrie Bradshaw for a combination of sassy and classy. 

Ladies, what are your transition tips? Leave a comment below!

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Yasmin Spiegel

Yasmin Spiegel


Yasmin Spiegel is a New York-based writer and information professional. She is passionate about books, textiles, good design, and expert craftsmanship. She reserves free time for her own creative work, ballroom dancing and hiking upstate. Future plans include fashion design and any excuse for worl...


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