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Work-To-Party Outfits In Just A Few Easy Swaps

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    For most of us, the last thing we want to think about when getting dressed in the morning is what we're going to wear that night. During the majority of the year, we can get away with going out in our commuter flats and overstuffed tote bag, but the holiday party circuit presents an entirely different challenge. At a time when fancy dresses and embellished heels are de rigueur, it's hard to imagine getting on that level without rushing home to change three times (more like five, let's be honest). But with the right pieces, you can create outfits that translate to the office and after-hours invites without any extra scrambling.

    So we partnered with Bali intimates to bring you a few easy hacks that can easily take your daytime look to full-on disco. All you need is a no-fuss foundation — like a comfy, versatile bra — and a fresh take on your traditional office styles; for example, wearing a longline vest as a dress (yes, really) and a blazer as a top. So ahead, we whipped up five looks that prove the simplest tweaks can be more transformative than an entire outfit overhaul. Plus, these swaps can easily be done at the office, which means you'll be much less likely to bail on all the fun, namely all those epic photo booth (and mistletoe) ops to flaunt your outfit.



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    Use your skirt to fake a frock.
    A midi-skirt looks polished during the day, especially paired with a mock-neck top and statement coat. But come cocktail hour, you're going to want something that feels a bit more bold and less buttoned-up. By choosing a skirt with subtle texture and an elastic waist, like this pleated version, it's easier to manipulate it into a flirty dress. Just remove your top (trust us on this one) and pull the skirt up to your underarms to create a pseudo-strapless party dress. Avoid a skirt with too much volume, so it will lay flat up top (and won't give away your clever styling hack). Add a metallic moto and you're ready to move.

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    Wear your blazer by itself.
    A blazer is the ultimate workwear hero, often paired with its trusty side-kicks: the button-up and tailored trousers. But it also makes a stunning going-out piece. When belted at your natural waist, it'll shine as a sophisticated, subtly sexy top. To complete the look, scrunch up your sleeves and wear a comfortable bra with a pop of color that will keep you covered while you move, but which also provides a smooth foundation that won't cause your blazer to buckle at the lapels. Pair it with a chunky bootie with fringe for a festive touch.

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    Take your top from solid to sheer.
    The perfect desk-to-disco look keeps you in your most important piece with a few well-chosen swaps. Here, the pencil skirt's sleek silhouette allows it to easily transition from day to night. While exchanging your loafers for heels and your tote for a cute crossbody are givens, the look can still read like a dressier version of your daywear. The trick to truly taking it to the next level is swapping your upper half, like this long-sleeve knit, to an iridescent top and an edgy moto jacket.

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    Downsize your kicks for the dance floor.
    Going from heels to flats might seem counterintuitive when dressing for a night out. But swapping out your workwear booties for embellished oxfords means you'll be more comfortable and have no excuse to sit on the sidelines when the dancing starts. To carry the look from firing off emails to your best electric slide, a structured statement piece, like these orange leather shorts, will live up to the task (add tights if that's your thing). Leave your 9-to-5 op art blouse at the office and slip on a sleek top with fancy details, like gold grommets — you'll be glad you did when the photo booth snaps print.

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    Convert your vest to a dress.
    If any piece has become a standout trend this season, it's the longline vest. The sophisticated extra layer is perfect for workwear, adding structure and polish to your separates without the excessive bulk of its outerwear brethren. If you're short on time, get creative and wear this layering piece as a dress. By choosing a style in versatile materials (like lightweight wool or a synthetic blend) and belting it, you'll be able to make this transition seamlessly. Pair with a simple all-day bootie style — the ankle-length vest-meets-dress lends enough drama without the help of accessories.

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