A Dress For Work & Play

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How many of you get invites to hang out with friends or go to a happy hour after work? I’m sure there are many of you. And I’m sure that many of you have the struggle of staring at your wardrobe in the morning trying to figure out what kind of workwear outfit that you can also wear out afterwards (especially if you’re going out on a Friday night right after work).

I’m a teacher. So, my outfits always have to look especially appropriate and professional for school. I, as the teacher, need to establish the stylish example of looking fashionable but still looking appropriate and non-revealing. And though many of my students are not picking up the lesson, I still make it a point to keep teaching it day after day.

The trick to wearing an outfit that can transition from day to night is to pick pieces that can be changed with one simple transition. I have a button up dress that I can tuck into a pair of dress pants or a pencil skirt to make it look like a professional blouse, but then when I’m ready to head out after work, I can take off the skirt or pants and unbutton a few of those top buttons, and BAM! I’m ready for the night.

Even with this dress, the transition is all in the shoes. At work (for me – at school), I can pair this teal dress from LOFT with a pair of comfortable flats or open-toed booties and with my badge around my neck, I look fit to teach those teenagers the author’s purpose of including a specific event at a certain point in the novel.

And then when the last bell rings, I can slip off those flats or booties and slip on my black Steve Madden OTK boots and meet my girlfriends for a quick happy hour before our much needed girl’s night out.

It’s all about the simple things to make one outfit work for you in various ways.

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Teal Bell-Sleeved Dress – LOFT (similar here)

Black OTK Boots – Steve Madden (Nordstrom)

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