Anyone who works in an office knows the challenge of waking up and choosing a cute outfit for the day that can also easily transition into an after-work hour look. Not everyone wants to have to bring a change of clothes — and (surprise!) not everyone has to! There are tons of amazing outfits and outfit accessory options for those of who want to play after hunching over the keyboard for eight hours.
Check out these 10 items (for all budgets) worth owning if you don’t want to look like you’re sending a fax after leaving the office:
This might be for the more brazen woman, but you can literally never go wrong with a form-fitting red dress. At work, you’ll like a boss, and after work you’ll like someone out of Mad Men.
A sweater dress is a great option – especially for those colder months. You can dress this up with a pair of leggings and ankle boots for the office and then throw on some stockings for the after-work party.
The shift dress is the saving grace of all dresses. The collar or high neck line looks work appropriate, while the adorable cut makes for a fun look in the evening. Paired with a blazer and flats or a pair of flashy heels, this is a transition dress that you will want in multiple colors.
Ah, the blazer. I think it’s kind of the holy grail of garments. Some blazers are incredibly stuffy and boring, while others are actually somewhat sexy and sophisticated. A colorful blazer with a nice fit can add sophistication to your work style while letting you look kind of sassy after work. A big yes to the colorful blazer.
Skinny jeans are your friend – especially if you find a good pair that stretches and hugs all the right places in the right way. The skinny jean can be rocked with a tee-shirt, a blazer and blouse or a sweater, and they can be work with any shoe at all. In a darker, neutral color (like dark red or black), they’re the perfect addition for the workplace. Also, who doesn’t look hot in a pair of jeans after work?
A flowing, loose-fitting button-down shirt is widely available, which means you should pick up a few (in white, black and another color). Not only can you rock these buttoned-up with a skirt of pair of pants, you can belt them and tuck them in. Then, when you’re having a much-needed margarita or dinner post-work, you can unbutton for a naughty touch. You can also rock a lacy bralette or crop top underneath and unbutton all the way. Yup.
A simple black dress is a no-brainer. It can be work with a blazer, a pair of heels, a pair of flats or whatever you want. “I hate little black dresses,” said no one ever.
This sort of skirt might be a little bit too playful for the more conservative crew, but I think it can easily be rocked at work with a pair of opaque tights and a pretty blouse. Sure, it’s got a little sass with its legginess and form-fitting shape, but that can easily be downplayed with the right top and shoes.
Capri style pants. Clean print. This everyday look can be rocked with a work blouse or the sexy tank top you’re wearing underneath it.
The Kimono is kind of amazing. It’s flowing, pretty, stylish and chic, and it was born for the day-to-night transition. In black, it’s almost as if you always have the perfect option just sitting right there looking at you, saying, “wear me.”