It’s party season, which means, you gotta buy those party dresses. But honestly, dropping $150 on a dress for one-time wear sounds like a total waste of money, no? Sure, you can wait till the next party season to wear it again, but that’s like more than 300 days away. So what’s a broke girl to do when she wants to look party-ready and still get her bang for her buck? Our suggestion? Put that dress to work and recycle it for the office. Before you dismiss this as a ridiculous notion, hear us out. It’s tricky, but not impossible. Here’s how to do it.
Put on pants
When it comes to wearing a party frock to the office, the rule of thumb is to be conservative, which means, to cover up. If you’re in a conservative working environment, exposing your arms, neckline and legs all at once is (obvs) a big faux pas for work. Give your look a quirky edge by pulling on some pants underneath your dress. Tonal coloured pants are great for bright-hued dresses, and vice versa. If your dress is a bodycon, this trick works too. Simply tuck it into your pants and voila, it becomes a top!
Blazer, blazer, blazer!
Got yourself an ostentatious metallic dress or one with blinding sequins? As long as it’s not fashioned in a bodycon silhouette, you’ve got the green light to don it for work. However, you’ll need to tame the bold number down with a black blazer. Work with a double-breasted piece, preferably cotton, to sharpen up your look.
Layer a work-appropriate blouse over your party number
When the weather’s too warm for a blazer, throw a blouse on instead to keep yourself cool. A neatly-pressed collared shirt in white or light blue is a fail-safe option. If your shirt is too long, button it up and leave the last two buttons undone. Then, tie a knot at the hem of the shirt and tuck it inwards to hide the knot. Alternatively, wear your strapless dress as a skirt and wear a shirt in a complementary colour.
Flats over heels
When wearing your party dresses for work, the last thing you should do is to strut into your office wearing your platform heels. Tame your look by donning flat shoes instead. Think along the lines of ballerina flats, moccasins, loafers or even dress sneakers (made of leather, wool or suede). Not only do they provide a more quirky contrast, it’s also more sophisticated and suitable for work.
Keep your accessories minimal
A fancy party dress is already loud enough. The worst thing you can do is over-accessorise it with more bling. Leave your big and bold jewellery at home and just go for the simplest pieces. Dainty necklaces and solid gold-tone earrings are just some options, but going bare is best. A tip: Avoid hoop earrings especially, as these are go-to party accessories. Your boss is unlikely to take you seriously if you show up flaunting them.
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Text: Sean Tham