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In a perfect world, we’d be able to take our sweet time getting ready for a date. We’re talking full-on outfit change, makeup refresh, and a blowout if we’re lucky. There’s no shame in wanting to make a good impression, especially if it’s the first time you’re meeting someone. But in reality, we’re usually just quick-changing in the bathroom stall at work, swiping on a little blush, spritzing some dry shampoo, and hoping for the best.
Even on the days when you think there will be enough time to stop at home and get your sh*t together pre-drinks, there’s always that last-minute meeting, deadline you forgot about, or head honcho grabbing you to chat when you’re trying to run out the door. Fortunately, there are plenty of easy ways to get date-night-ready — by swapping just one item in your look. With a swift change of a single accessory or piece of clothing, you can go from office girlboss to chic and elegant in three minutes flat. Read on for five outfit swaps that’ll be total lifesavers on those work-to-date evenings.