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Thursday, January 13th 2011

Mastering the Transition from Desk to Date

Plans for a post-work date (or drinks with friends)? No need to wear your button-down shirt and pencil skirt to cocktails. Sneak a fitted dress or sexy blouse under that blazer, stash these three evening accessories in your work tote, and you’ll turn into a Cinderella when the clock strikes five.

Swap sensible shoes for sexy stilettos: Pull off your oxfords or flats and don a pair with a fun-loving sensiblity. Try leopard prints or lace, cutouts or metallic–it’ll give your height (and ensemble) a boost.

Trade your tote for a clutch: Depending on your style, try something dainty and feminine (like a minaudiere by DVF or a shiny Lauren Merkin clutch) or something oversized and a little tough (like an Alexander Wang clutch).

Add a piece of statement jewelry: A bold bauble–like a cocktail ring by Tom Binns or shoulder-sweeping Club Monaco earrings–will show your ensemble you no longer mean business. Top it off with a swipe of lipstick, and you’re set for social hour.

--Tonya

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