12 Lifesavers Every Gal Should Have At Her Desk

First the text comes through — “plans tonight?” — then the wheels in your head start turning. As much as you love a last-minute adventure at the end of a workday, you aren't dressed for the occasion. And chances are your office file cabinet isn't being appropriated as a dresser. But just a pinch of planning can work wonders for moments like these...especially if you know exactly what to put in your emergency kit.

Easy and adaptable, the 12 transformative items ahead deliver tenfold when it comes to last-minute, after-work plans. Not only will they make a corporate look a bit less formal or your basic jeans and tee party-ready, they're also there for you from 9-to-5. You know, when the board members come in unexpectedly or you find your casual-Friday look is too casual for the client lunch you forgot about.

Consider the list — inspired by Infiniti's ability to change lanes (fast) — to be like a first-aid kit or the extra $20 bill you keep in your glove compartment. In short, it's the best precaution anyone with an active and impromptu social life can take.
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The Not-So-Classic Pump
More exciting than a standard all-black pair, and yet still goes with everything.
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The Accent Piece
And it’s even better when the accent is leopard.
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The No-Makeup, No-Problem Statement Lip
It’s amazing how one swipe of color can brighten up your whole face. (P.S. if you’re really desperate for an extra zhuzh, dab a little bit onto your cheekbones with your fingers for a makeshift blush.)
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The Ice-Breaking Jewelry
A statement piece of jewelry does not have to be super flashy and shiny to get the “This is my going-out look!” sentiment across. Instead, opt for a strong, bold, and conversation-sparking rock, like this one.
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The Throw-On-&-Go LBD
Should a wardrobe change be in order for tonight’s last-minute soiree, date, or everyone-in-the-industry-will-be-there work event, there’s nothing as foolproof as a swingy black dress. Layer it with your suede jacket for something more downtown, or pile on the standout jewelry for a sophisticated affair.
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The ‘Do Over
Something to give your hair life, when all it wants to do is fall flat.
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The Clutch In A Clutch
You can stash this at your desk to hold pens, makeup, or extra cash, but it’ll also double as your clutch when your oversized tote is too cumbersome.
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The Tough Touch
Always have something on hand that brings edge to your ensemble. A leather or suede jacket adds a stiffer texture and a more defined silhouette to whatever else you’ve got on today.
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The Fresh Maker
Light, fragrant, and refreshing, you may not necessarily need a facial spritz before heading out for after-hour plans, but you’ll be thankful that you had one.
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The Versatile Hanky
Your shift dress feels a bit stuffy for tonight’s concert, you dripped coffee on your collar this morning, or whatever. This simple necktie will refresh the whole ensemble.
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The Ear Buds
There for you when your Tuesday ensemble needs a bit of a Friday-night touch.
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The Gym (Or Otherwise) Bag
Maybe the gym bag under your desk was carried from barre class this morning. Or maybe it’ll carry you to rooftop drinks tonight.

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