You might think that you need to make room in your closet to have room for casual wear and evening wear. The truth, though, is that you don’t have to do that. With current trends leading toward slimming down your wardrobe and making it more of a seasonal “capsule,” the better idea is to find a way to make your casual wear extend into evening more effectively. This is particularly helpful when you don’t have time to head home from work before you head out to meet up with friends or your significant other.
Change Out Your Accessories
Your accessories have a lot of say over the tone of your outfit. Simple bangles and earrings, slim belts, and utilitarian handbags all say “office casual wear.” Swap out those sensible accessories for something a little more flashy and suddenly, even though you haven’t changed a single piece of clothing, your work outfit is suddenly perfect for drinks out with the girls. Try mixing and matching accessories that really transform your outfit, which might mean adding a shimmery scarf or finding a cute metallic clutch. Accessories are also easier to take with you to work, making a quick change super easy.
Add a Sparkly Shrug
Blazers and jackets can keep your office top looking too much like something you wore that day to the office. Another way to add a little warmth on a cool fall evening is to choose a sparkly shrug or shawl. Either will instantly dress up your casual top and make you feel less like you just left the office and more like you’re ready for an evening out. Shrugs and shawls are also easier to carry around than bulkier jackets and blazers are.
Shoes Make the Outfit
Every girl knows that the perfect shoes trump just about every other accessory. Maybe you wore flats with your cute skirt and casual top to the office, but slip on a pair of sleek, heeled sandals and you instantly have a dressier feel, even if you don’t change any of your other accessories. Play around with different shoes to see what exactly they do to the overall look and feel of the outfit. Once you find the right transformative pair, you’re ready to go.
It’s really easy to make your casual work tops do double duty for you. You’ll feel like you doubled your wardrobe without having to spend any extra cash.