It’s 5 PM, and you’ve got a hot date. Whether it’s with your co-worker gal pals, your best girlfriends, or someone special, you need a quick and easy way to take your work look from traditional to exceptional.
To make your office attire work for the evening hours, all you really need are a couple of solid “look-at-me” pieces. Add one or two standout accessories to your daytime staples, and instantly glam up your whole outfit. Need some inspiration? Check out these five ideas for easy, affordable outfit additions from some of our favorite style bloggers—and our picks for making their looks your own.
Inspired by: Kelly from The Glamourai
There’s nothing that elevates your work look faster than a fabulous bag. Bold clutches and mini cross-bodies are a piece of jewelry and stylish purse in one, and the strap can have just as much character as the bag itself!
Pick one with chain link, studded, python, or sparkly embellishments to add drama to your ensemble. Just make sure there’s enough room inside for your phone—and lipstick, of course!
The Statement Scarf
Inspired by: Helena from Brooklyn Blonde
Scarves are just as bold and punchy as the collar necklace, but they keep you warm, too! Throwing on a statement scarf after a long day at work is so easy, and it’ll add instant pizazz to your office attire. The contrast of your structured shift dress or skirt with the tossed-on scarf will look effortlessly easygoing and put together at the same time. Try a comfy-cool knit, a chic leopard pattern, or a bright pop of color.
Get the Look: fringe scarf — red scarf — embellished scarf — loop scarf — silk scarf
Inspired by: Jean from Extra Petite
From knee-highs to bold patterns, leg accessories are utterly fabulous. They’re sleek and sexy, add a touch of mystery, and give just the right amount of attention to your gorgeous gams. Plus, they keep your legs warm!
After a day spent in boring nylons, slip into a pair of patterned tights, polka dot stockings, or classic opaque black hose to completely change the look of your dress.
Get the Look: cable knit — dotted tights — lace tights
Inspired by: Laura from OnTheRacks
Every woman should have a pair of gorgeous heels that makes her feel like a million bucks. And if you don’t, well, this is the season to buy one: Bright colors, leopard print, and super sparkly picks are everywhere! These spicy heels act as a mini-party for your feet, and they’ll make the sweater and mid-length skirt you wore to work look instantly ready for the evening.
Inspired by: Kristy from Monochroma.Chic
My mother once told me that a good blazer never goes out of style, and, in this case, she knew best. A loud blazer can take your muted workwear ensemble from plain to polished—and perfectly fashionable at the same time.
Get the Look: yellow blazer — blue blazer — pink blazer — striped blazer — turquoise blazer