Going out after work? No time to go home and change? Check out this post for some helpful tips on transforming your outfit from day to night.
It’s 4:59 PM, and you are just seconds away from punching out for the day. It’s been a long week, and you don’t have time to go home before heading out for the evening. Whether you are going out on a date with a new Tinder match or you’re hitting the town with your favourite gal pals, one thing is for sure: You need a quick and easy way to take your work look from drab to fab.
The good news? Transforming your outfit from day to night is easy. In fact, with the right accessories, you can pull off an amazing transformation in no time at all. Need some inspiration for turning your workwear into something that feels more appropriate for heading out on the town? Check out our tips!
Change Your Bag
Nothing dresses up an outfit faster than the having the perfect purse. Ditch your normal work purse, briefcase, or tote in favour of something a bit more fabulous like a stylish mini crossbody or a bold clutch. If you prefer a bag with a strap, choosing the right strap is vital. Dress up your look with a studded or chain-link strap to add some glitz to your outfit in seconds.
Ditch Those “Business Casual” Shoes!
Every woman has a pair of shoes that makes her feel like a million bucks. And chances are, yours are not the sensible black pumps you wear to the office. When you know you’re going out right after work, bring your favourite stilettos along to instantly take you (and your outfit) to new heights. Need to wear neutral colours for work? Choose brightly coloured or sparkly heels. Or go really bold with some animal print. The right shoes are like a mini party for your feet, and they’ll have you looking and feeling amazing!
Add Bold Jewellery
If you’re like most women, you probably have a jewellery box that is overflowing with bold earrings, statement necklaces, bracelets and rings. Put all those gems to work by using them to accessorise your work wardrobe. Trust us – the right necklace can take a basic white t shirt from work-appropriate to dance-floor-ready in seconds.
Dress in Layers
The sleeveless top that normally remains hidden under your blazer during the workday is the perfect option for going out. When you’re getting dressed in the morning, choose a tank that’s conservative enough for work when worn under a blazer (or cardigan) but sexy enough for a night on the town. When you punch the clock, take off your outer layer, and you’re good to go!
Dressing in layers also enables you to start with something simple – like the classic little black dress – and pair it with a stylish jacket for work then bare a bit more skin for your after-hours adventures.
Change Your Makeup
You probably wear conservative makeup to the office. You might dab on some foundation and a little eyeshadow and apply some mascara, but you probably don’t go all out creating a full-face look.
By bringing your makeup bag with you when you head out in the morning, you can completely change your look with some amazing going-out makeup. Replace the neutral eyeshade with something bold or darker, and add some dramatic eyeliner. Use a highlight kit to contour, or add a pop of bright blush to give your cheeks some colour. Don’t have room to bring your entire kit with you? Swiping on some bright lipstick takes just a few seconds and can alter your entire look.
Let Your Hair Down
Do you tie your hair up for work? Let it down at the end of the day for a sexy, fun nighttime look. If you wear it up in a bun during the day, letting it down will result in some amazing volume and waves that will instantly change your appearance.
If work requires you to maintain a conservative hair colour, tuck some hair mascara in your bag to give yourself a few highlights at the end of the day. Coordinate your highlights with your outfit, or if you’re wearing neutral colours, add some bright colours to make your look pop. If you’re heading to the club, a bit of glitter hairspray will make you shine brighter than the disco ball. Just remember not to apply it in your employer’s bathroom. Glitter bombing your place of employment is never a good idea (no matter how fun it may sound).
Think Outside the Box
Embrace your own unique style when thinking of ways to transform your look from day to night. If your daytime attire usually includes a T-shirt, jeans, and sneakers, spice it up by replacing your sneakers with a nice pair of knee-high boots. Love accessorising your daytime look with trendy scarves? Choose one that you can use as a belt to spice up your nighttime look. Even something as simple as switching from glasses to contacts can completely change your look and get you ready for a night out.
But Don’t Overthink It
Someone invited you to go out after work, but you don’t have anything with you to transform your look. You probably should politely decline or reschedule for a time when you are prepared, right? Wrong! It’s one thing to prefer to be dressed for the occasion when going out, but there is no reason to turn down an invitation just because you aren’t wearing the “right” outfit. You are beautiful and amazing no matter what you are wearing, so say “yes” to that invitation and go have an amazing time!