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Photographed by Thomas Giddings; Styled by Sasha Kelly; Hair by Tamas Tuzes at L'Atelier NYC; Makeup by Tracy Alfajora at Jed Root ; Set Design by Lauren Nikrooz at The Magnet Agency ; Modeled by Anna Grostina at New York Models ; Photo direction by Ida Hariri
The Excuse: “I don’t have time to stop home after work to change.”
The Fix: Pleated skirts, a chain-strap handbag, and chunky, wine-colored booties — these all have the makings of workwear and party wear. So who’s to say what’s what? In a mostly monochrome look with a mix of sleek and fuzzy textures, you can confidently wear this straight from the office, without feeling like you’re settling for less than your festive best.
Primark Black Short Sleeve Knit Jumper, $14; Pleated PU Skirt, $20; Ltd Suede Square Toe, $40; Mini Faux Fur Bag, $12, available at Primark.
The Excuse: “I’m not really a heels kind of girl."
The Fix: We can totally sympathize with the fear of balancing around on a spindly spike, so simply avoid the risk and don't wear them. A cool body-skimming dress with a cut-in neckline is the perfect — and unexpected — complement to a badass combat boot. The result: a look that’s high-impact but not high-maintenance.
Primark Racer Back Sequin Dress, $29; Black Brogue Boots, $26, available at Primark.
The Excuse: "I don't do dresses."
The Fix: No frocks, no problem. A black trouser or, in this case, black denim, is also a safe bet. And when these dark skinnies are paired with a caped-sleeve blazer and elegant, neck-tied blouse, this ensemble gives off major Le Smoking vibes and keeps you securely in your comfort zone.
Primark Formal Cape, $25; Contrast Tie Neck Blouse, $15; Stretch Skinny Jeans, $15; Black Court, $11, available at Primark.
The Excuse: “My sofa is, like, really comfortable though.”
The Fix: First, take a disco nap. Then, bring the sense of comfort with you in cozy sweaters and fabrics. For example, a plush velvet dress in a moody blue shade, and shiny flats you’ll be happy to stand (and dance) in all night.
Primark Velvet Pinny, $35; Black Polo Neck, $9; Patent Zip Front, $18, available at Primark.
The Excuse: “It’s COLD.”
The Fix: A statement piece that's also an outerwear piece is ideal in this case. Toss on a thick, fuzzy coat that's equal parts glam-rock and toasty. Also, choose a chunky shoe so you have plenty of room to hide extra sock layers. And underneath? A lace slip dress — consider it the closest thing to going out in your PJs.
Primark Collarless Faux Fur Coat, $46; Lace Cami Dress, $20; Black Heel Double Buckle Boots, $26, available at Primark.