Managing a full-time career with a social life—and looking fabulous while doing it—can be a challenge. It’s even harder when you have to head for a spontaneous drink session and your 9-to-5 outfit just won’t cut it. Instead of fretting over the logistical nightmare of bringing an extra set of garments and shoes to change into, make your wardrobe work harder for you with outfits that are so versatile, they take you from day to night effortlessly—with just some quick tweaks. Here are some affordable and versatile pieces that can help you master the office dress code while being ready for wine o’ clock.
But first, one tip: Always bring along a pair of statement earrings. Put them on and they’d elevate any look instantly.
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H&M blouse, $34.95
A satin blouse is good for both work and play. Button up and tuck it into a neat pencil skirt in the morning. Once the clock strikes six, cut it loose and unfasten the top few buttons to show off your collarbone.
Zara loafers, $69.90
A pair of python printed soles will add stylish flair to your work outfits without looking too ostentatious. Dress this up with a sleek pencil skirt and a cerulean blue top.
Topshop pants, $79.90
Don’t be afraid to go bold with some vibrant trousers! But refrain from piling on the accessories or other shades when you put this on. Keep it minimal with a white shirt and a pair of black loafers.
Skinny Dip bag, $47
A statement bag like this cute baby blue piece that sports a tortoiseshell handle will jazz up your officewear instantly. Remember to leave your work files in the office.
Lovisa earrings, $28
We know, a pair of bright, dangle earrings are definitely not work-appropriate. That doesn’t mean you can’t bring them along with you to work. Simply put them on when you’re leaving the office.
H&M pants, $64.95
Pants are always office-appropriate, but pick one that has a sheen, like this piece from H&M. It’s still formal, but fancy enough for evening drinks.
Cos dress, $171
Work wear doesn’t have to be in monochromatic shades. Go for a piece that is bright and bold like this neon pink dress, but tone it down by throwing a cardigan over, which you can remove after work. Leave dresses with textures and prints at home.
Charles & Keith clutch, $55.90
Opt for a clutch instead of a large tote bag. A work bag will look too clumsy, not to mention clunky, when you’re heading to the bar straight from work.
Bershka blazer, $69.90
Invest in a blazer—this essential is a versatile fashion staple that smartens up even the most casual of looks. Dress it with a pair of flare pants and a blue shirt while at work. After office hours, lose the top within and button up the blazer for a more saucy vibe.
Charles & Keith loafers, $56.90
A pair of velvet loafers is the best of both worlds—while the style is work chic, the luxe fabric and playful burgundy upper make it suitable for play.
New Look jumpsuit, $64
An emerald green jumpsuit screams ’70s Halston chic without looking too casual during the day.
Zara heels, $99.90
A pair of strappy sparkly shoes can be appropriate for work too. Simply cover them with a pair of flare pants first. Roll up the hems once you’re ready to head out for drinks.
Topshop dress, $79.90
We know what you’re thinking—how is this spunky number suitable for work? Ah, but it is, if you pop a black blazer on and slip into a pair of sleek black pumps. Simply take off the blazer and you’re all set.
Lovisa necklace, $23
Accessories can make or break your outfit. Jazz up your work wear with a necklace, but keep it understated and delicate. Choose a piece that sparkles even when you’re in a dimly lit bar.
Zara dress, $99.90
Keep this shirt dress formal by keeping all buttons fastened while at work. Once work’s done, loosen the bottom three buttons to show off your legs. While you’re at it, go ahead and unbutton the top one too to project a more casual flair. After all, if you’ve got it, flaunt it!