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How To Get Extra Mileage Out Of Your Work Pants

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    For those who've accrued a pretty substantial office wardrobe, your closet may look like it has an imaginary line drawn down the middle: business clothes on one side, party-wear on the other. Sure, this division can make dressing on weekday mornings a breeze, but if you're skipping over your work staples come the weekend, your off-duty look is brimming with untapped potential. Fashioning 9-to-5 pieces for date night isn't our usual go-to style play, but that's about to change.

    To start, we're taking classic Kit and Ace work trousers and spinning them into five OOO ensembles, from dinner with the parents to a speakeasy cocktail night. Not only are we maxing out our investment office pieces, but we're adding infinite outfit combinations to our arsenal. Didn't think your work slacks could do this? Well, think again.


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    Arena Concert
    Black trousers may not seem like an obvious choice for a sold-out stadium show, but when the rest of your outfit is loud, it's good to keep the base balanced and minimal. If you're feeling fearless, try it with a metallic anorak, a graphic tee, and white patent booties.

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    Neighborhood Wandering
    If you've got a day of errands on the agenda, keep your ensemble low-key and comfortable. A warm pullover and loose slacks are the perfect foundation, then all you'll need are a few fun accessories to make a sartorial statement from coffee shop to farmers' market.

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    A Day At The State Fair
    Ready to go ham on kettle corn and funnel cake? Pile on classics like a plaid button-up, relaxed pants, sneakers, and a baseball cap. And don't forget to save room for cotton candy — you can always stash leftovers in your backpack.

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    Speakeasy Date Night
    Dress up your work pants when you're off duty with trendy lace-up heels and an embellished crop top. Finish off your cocktails-ready look with a sleek vest for a warm layer and a metallic box purse to bring out your shirt's reflective details.

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    Dinner With The Parents
    Whether you're dining with your own folks or meeting your S.O.'s for the first time, you'll want a no-fuss, polished look. To achieve this, pair easy pants with a windowpane turtleneck, statement booties, and a structured satchel. You'll be effortlessly pulled together without wearing anything too distracting or risqué.