We’ve all been there: you’re at the office when your out-of-town best friend tells you she’s breezing through your area for the evening or that cute guy you’ve been hoping to hear from finally has a night off from work.
The only problem? Time is of the essence and running home to change out of your business blah is not an option. Especially if you live in a big city, such as New York City.
Luckily, there are a few fashion fixes that can elevate even the most ho-hum office attire into perfect night-out ensemble.
Here are our top picks to transform your outfit from work to play:
A boyfriend blazer: If your work outfits normally consist of suits or tailored separates, tone down the office vibe with a cool, slouchy blazer. The collarless, slightly loose-fitting boyfriend blazer provides a casual alternative to cardigans or suit jackets, while keeping you cocktail appropriate. Look for styles with eye-catching details, like contrasting cuffs or thick zippers, and buy yourself the added bonus of forgoing jewelry.
Bib necklaces: There’s no one piece of jewelry that instantly transform an outfit from day-to-night like a bib necklace. Whether you’re wearing a high-necked dress or a scoop-neck shell, bib necklaces add a bit of dramatic flair to an otherwise basic ensemble while totally transforming your previous pieces. Pick an item with bold stones or intricate beadwork to amp up your style for an elegant out-of-office look.
Knee-high boots: Whether you’re a slave to heels or a flats kind of girl, knee-high boots provide a welcome break from your everyday footwear when you’re ready to make a break from the office at the end of the day. These surprisingly sexy style savers manage to mix comfort and form while giving the distinct message that you’re off the clock and ready to enjoy your evening.
Red lipstick: There’s no purse or pocket that won’t fit this classic wardrobe staple, which can transform even a t-shirt into cocktail casual in no time. Look for long wear formulas so you won’t have to worry about your lipstick leaving its mark on your teeth — or your date.