So you’ve got a function to attend or a dinner party to go to after work, and you don’t want to go all the way back home to change. Or perhaps you just want to get a bigger bang for your buck and make use of all these pricey professional attire outside of the workplace. What people hardly think of is matching some of these pieces that you wear to the office with pieces you’d wear on nights out – to create a party-ready look that’s not only eye-catching, but also dashing and dapper. 

1. Pair your pencil skirt with a lighter top

This means cropped, slinky, sheer – anything that contrasts against the more structured and polished fit of the skirt. A staple in every woman’s wardrobe, the pencil skirt is one of the most classic and versatile pieces that you can dress up or down with ease. So swap out your blouses for a silky cami or bare a sliver of midriff with a fitted crop top, and turn your outfit into a real head-turner.

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2. Wear your blazer or vest as a shirt

That’s right, you heard me. Go shirtless and fasten your blazer, to act as a top instead of an outerwear, to create a playfully chic look. You can choose to bare just the minimum of a bralette or maybe even a little cleavage. Then slip into some shorts or a mini skirt, or just leave your slacks on for a smart, sexy ensemble.

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3. Jazz up your trousers with a novelty top

Your regular old office trousers can look fit for festivities when paired with a statement piece up top. Try mixing it up with abstract cut-outs, unorthodox fabrics, or glitzy embellishments. Here’s the time to wear the most outrageous blouses you’ve always wanted to wear, but never had the guts to try out. Keep the rest of your outfit minimal, and you’ll pull it off with no trouble!

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4. Turn your crisp button-down into a tunic

Untuck those shirts, roll up the sleeves and let your hair down. If it’s long enough, wear it like a mini dress, if it’s not – layer a pair of leggings or a bandage skirt underneath. The idea is to achieve the casual, cool “I don’t have to be at this party, but I’m here anyway” look. Then layer on the chunky jewelry or a pair of bold heels to transform your shirt into an entirely new addition to your wardrobe. 

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5. Wear socks with your stilettos

The wackier the better. Socks are a fun and unexpected way to add colour to an outfit, especially at the club or dinner parties. Inject some personality into the heels you usually wear to work with whatever colour, texture or design you like. Plus, they provide you with much needed cushion whether you’re standing by the bar or working the dance-floor.

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There you have it, 5 ways to look party-ready in your office wear. Just remember to think out of the box when twisting your boring work attire into an outfit that makes a statement after office hours!

Image: Monika Mlynek
Text: April Lexi Lee