Transitioning Office Wear to Evening Wear

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Your office wardrobe staples are allowed to go beyond your 9-to-5 job. Your favorite blazer, trousers, and blouses can work just as well for your evening wear with the right pairing. Even changing up a monochromatic outfit to one with patterns and colors will take your look to a stylish new level. If you’re looking to make a smooth transition from the office to a night out, these tips will help you do just that.

Trade in your dark hues for florals

While it’s easiest to throw on your basic black blazer-and-skirt combination, the right pattern and colors can change up your whole look. This skirt from Ann Taylor Loft is a fun take on traditional floral print. Pair it with some grey or navy mules and a white blouse on top. Once your shift is over, throw on some wine colored lipstick and you’re ready for an evening out.

Ditch your blazer

If you’re the pantsuit type, a drape collar leather jacket is a great way to add some edge to your blouse and trousers. Swap your blazer to a drape collar, like this one from Nordstrom. Leather jackets are the the ultimate cool factor to any outfit, so no matter where you’re going post-shift, you’ll look like you belong there. Pair the jacket with a white clutch to complete the look. 

Jump around town

Jumpsuits are the best piece of clothing a woman can own. Why? Because they’re versatile, comfortable, and flattering on any body shape. This Vince Camuto jumpsuit is perfect for a night on the town or a day at work. Throw a blazer over your shoulders while in the office and leave it behind before you meet your husband for dinner. All you need is a red lip and your outfit transition is complete! 

Get shifty

The shift dress is the answer to all work-to-evening problems. It’s a modest enough cut that you don’t need to add any additional pieces, like a cardigan or blazer, but it’s stylish enough to take you to any event. The trick is in the texture; go for something like this lace shift by Essential Antwerp at Lord and Taylor. You will look like the stylish, professional woman you are. 


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Shireen Mohyi

Shireen Mohyi is a senior graduating from Michigan State University this spring with a major in editorial journalism and a minor in public relations. Her favorite things are Instagram, celebrity gossip and a great place to brunch.

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