Six Ways to Transition Your Work Outfit into Evening Wear

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All busy women have had one of those days where they must go straight from work to a dressy evening event—without having time to run home and change outfits. That means you’ve also likely stood at your closet in the early morning wondering what on earth you should wear. Your look needs to be fancy enough for a night on the town as well as office-appropriate for daytime.

The good news is that in seconds flat you can assemble a fuss-free ensemble to take you from morning ’til midnight. Keep reading for my six simple steps to turn your work clothes into evening wear without a magic wand!

Bring back classic black.

This dress is available from Worth NY.

Black is timelessly flattering and works as a workplace ensemble and as eveningwear. You can easily create a versatile outfit by relying on this elegant hue. Wear a sleek black suit to the office and after work slip on a great white shirt or a lacy camisole.

Wrap available from Bloomindales.

Or wear a sexy top all day (underneath your suit jacket, of course!) and remove the jacket for your evening event. You can even wear a simple black sheath dress and top it with a statement scarf or a leather jacket to really make it shine.


Leather jacket available from Worth New York.

Be a “shoe-in”!

This shoe is available from Nordstrom.

A pair of chic and sexy shoes may not be appropriate for the office, but you can store them in your work tote and wear your usual dressy flats or wedges to the office. Then, make your look evening-appropriate by slipping on a show-stopping pair of strappy heels or some sassy peep-toe pumps. And feel free to gravitate toward metallic shades—which work well with most other colors.

Ace your accessories.

Kendra Scott Bracelet available from Bloomingdales.

Office wear instantly becomes “wow”-worthy when you add the right finishing touches. Accessories like dangly earrings or a striking bracelet can liven up your outfit. A simple string of pearls is another great option, depending on your outfit. Or add a stunning cocktail ring to make a lasting impression.

 It’s in the (hand)bag!


Leather clutch available from Nordstrom.

Remember to tuck your favorite evening bag into your briefcase when you head to work in the morning. Black silk or leather clutches add a timeless feminine touch to your ensemble. Or to make a bigger statement, go with a red or metallic-hued handbag to give your outfit a cohesive dressy vibe.

 Take your makeup from day to night.

Dior Rouge Lipstick available from Bloomingdales.

Do a quick touchup at your desk before you head out to your event—it truly makes you feel refreshed and ready for anything. An under-eye highlighter “wakes up” your face, and a fresh coat of mascara plus a sweep of eyeliner makes you appear bright-eyed and vibrant. If you prefer to play up your lips and leave your eyes neutral, apply a coat of bright or deep-hued lipstick to really make your smile pop.

Let your locks down.

Earrings available from Bloomingdales.

To really transform your style from workaday to an evening on the town, pull down your office hairstyle and finger-comb your hair into soft waves. Or pull part of your hair back and secure it with a beautiful clip.

On days when your outfit needs to pull double duty, don’t fret—just choose clothes and accessories that are versatile and portable. A few easy tweaks are all it takes to turn your office-worthy outfit into a look suitable for an unforgettable night of style and glamour.


  • Marla Tomazin, Certified Image Consultant, established her image consulting business in 1990 with the goal of helping clients identify an authentic image and develop its effective expression. Marla utilizes her abilities in evaluating body shape, movement, and coloring as well as synthesizing optimal cuts, lines, colors, and textures. This results in balance and proportion that accentuate attributes and conceal flaws. Marla has appeared on numerous TV and radio stations and programs. Visit

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