An anonymous commenter had this request:
Almost all of my clothes are casual work, but from time to time, I actually want to go out. I can put together cute work outfits pretty easily, but feel like I look bland in the evening. How can I take casual work clothes and make them work for going out?
Great question! And a few easy pieces, tucked away in your bag or car, can help transform a dressed-down day look into a spruced-up night look.
I know, I know. The phrase “statement necklace” has been uttered so many times it makes most of us cringe. And yet, it accurately describes this piece of jewelry: A big, bold, chunk of a necklace that makes a true stylistic statement.
This particular blazer may have an extra large dose of funk, but you catch my drift. Something more zesty than plain suiting: Embellished, detailed, sculptural, shot through with metallic thread.
Choose a larger scarf with an edgy pattern. Bold geometrics, bright colors, or an elegant watercolor motif like the one shown above. Save the floaty florals for another time.
Add any of these three pieces to jeans and a sweater, or slacks and a blouse and you’ll feel instantly pulled together. You might consider swapping out comfy daytime shoes for slightly dressier ones, but otherwise you’ll be ready to leave the office and hit the town!
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Originally posted 2010-12-27 06:05:39.