If you’re like many working women, your work attire primarily consists of simple, basic pieces that can be interchanged to create new looks.
A typical office outfit might include a little black dress worn with a blazer and paired with a staple watch, closed toe shoes, simple jewelry and a classic work bag. Because the pieces are so versatile, they can easily transition from work to evening-appropriate with a few small substitutions.
Take your basic dress from drab to fab by swapping your blazer out for an edgy leather jacket, fur coat, or fur vest for the evening party! Switch out your “soft”, office-ready jewelry (like basic stud earrings, a simple necklace and watch) for a chunky statement necklace with color, bangles, chandelier earrings, or hoop earrings to add bold colors and texture to your outfit. These changes instantly transform your look into one that’s perfect for merrymaking!
Leave your workbag at home, and wear a fun clutch purse or wristlet when you go out.
Upgrade your outfit by going from a classic closed toed heel to an open toed heel with straps. While a more conservative shoe is perfect for the office, a party is the perfect place to express your personality and style with the choice of heels you add to your look. Don’t be afraid to mix it up and wear a pair of wedges or boots!
Your simple make-up routine is perfect for work, but when you freshen up your make-up for the party be daring and add pops of color to your look! You can wear a bright lip color, a heavier blush, darker eyeshadow, or even a touch of nail polish with glitter.
You can also don a smudged eye-liner or pair of lashes to add some drama.
Have fun experimenting with different colors and styles outside of your typical comfort zone. Express your personality and individual style through your look this holiday season as you celebrate all the wonderful things this season has to offer.
Janae Thomas is a Fashion Merchandising student at Western Michigan University, graduating in April 2018. She is passionate about writing, fashion, and the empowerment of women. Headshot by Robin Maxim.