Easy Ways to Transform Your Workwear Into Partywear

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Janet Sahm Easter
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It's tough getting back into the swing of things at the office after basking in the holiday glow of time with loved ones. New Year's Eve is a few days away and some of us have to clock in, wishing we saved up more PTO. The good news is accessories are the easiest way to change an outfit in an instant, even for your most safe and basic office wear.

Perhaps counterintuitively, neutral, black-and-white outfits are the easiest to transition from a 3 p.m. meeting to happy hour festivities. Neutrals create a blank canvas to work with so you can have fun with a bit more color and flash; red or berry lipstick does wonders! Below we have three day-to-night looks for inspiration on how to extend your closet and pile on the baubles. It's a sparkly time of year—go for it.

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A simple tweed shift dress is a winner for the season; its rich, warm textured fabric in a creamy, flattering hue is perfect for most occasions. Pairing stark opaque tights with a sleek dress bootie and art deco stud earrings is all business. Complement the cream-colored frock with gold accessories. Throw on a darling gold bow leather belt, sequins heels, and a statement necklace—you'll be a glittering vision as you wait for the ball to drop.

DAY: 1. BaubleBar, $38 / 2. Boden, $128 / 3. H&M, $10 / 4. DSW, $50 / 5. Sole Society, $64 / NIGHT: 1. Boden, $128   2. BaubleBar, $54 / 3.  Nordstrom, $60 / 4. Zara, $35 / 5. Accessory Concierge, $30 / 6.  Nordstrom, $99

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Practical and comfortable, this menswear-inspired outfit (yay for loafers!) is perfect for a more low-key day at the office. The slightly embellished sweater has a dusting of monochromatic sequins for a touch of femininity. And, come party time, add a dash of rich red with suede pumps, a ruby cocktail ring, and a swipe of red lipstick. You just went from tomboy to old-school glamourous.

DAY: 1. Topshop, $80 / 2. Oasis, $32 / 3. Sole Society, $49 / 4. Asos, $104 / 5. Zara, $89 / NIGHT: 1. Topshop, $80 / 2. Nordstrom, $23 / 3. Accessory Concierge, $28 / 4. Oasis, $32 / 5. Target, $27 / 6. Nars, $26 / 7. Asos, $104 / 8. Nordstrom, $100

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Having at least one unique pencil skirt is key for any wardrobe as you can transform it into whatever you need for any occasion. This pretty black lace pencil skirt can be worn with a crisp oxford, simple black and gold belt, and tastefully patterned pumps for a presentation-worthy ensemble. Swap the shirt for a more funky sequined tee and strappy suede heels. You're ready to dance under the lights and ring in the New Year.

DAY: 1. Gap, $49 / 2. BaubleBar, $32 / 3. H&M $13 / 4. Zara, $90 / 5. Banana Republic, $89 / 6. Madewell, $198 / NIGHT: 1. Oasis, $52 / 2. BaubleBar, $38 / 3. H&M, $34  / 4. Accessory Concierge, $90 / 5. Banana Republic, $89 / 6. Anthropologie, $140