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These Style Hacks Will Have You Ready For Wine O' Clock In An Instant

Juggling a full-time career with a social life can be a challenge. It’s even harder when you have to head for a spontaneous drink sesh and your 9-to-5 outfit just won’t cut it. Instead of fretting over the logistical nightmare of bringing an extra set of garments and shoes to change into, make your wardrobe (capsule or otherwise) work harder for you with outfits that are so versatile, they take you from day to night effortlessly — with just some quick tweaks. Here are some pieces that can help you master the office dress code while being ready for wine o’ clock.

But first, one tip: Always bring along a pair of statement earrings. Put them on and they’ll elevate any look instantly.

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Checkered shirt dress by Zara, S$99.90
Keep this shirt dress formal by having all buttons fastened while at work. Once it’s time to clock out, loosen the bottom three buttons to show off your gams. While you’re at it, go ahead and unbutton the top one too for a casual flair. Tailored trousers by H&M, S$64.95
Pants are always office-appropriate, but pick one that has a shiny sheen, like this piece from H&M. It’s still formal, but fancy enough for evening drinks. Checkered double breasted blazer by Bershka, S$69.90
Invest in a blazer — this essential is a versatile fashion staple that smartens up even the most casual of looks. Dress it with a pair of flare pants and a blue shirt while at work. After office hours, lose the top within and button up the blazer for a more stylised take on your ensemble. Sleeveless boxy dress by COS, US$125 (S$171)
Work wear doesn’t have to be in monochromatic shades. Go for a piece that is bright and bold like this neon pink dress, but tone it down by throwing a cardigan over it which you can remove after work. Leave dresses with textures and prints at home. Velvet clutch by Charles & Keith, S$55.90
Opt for a clutch instead of a large tote bag. Or, invest in a clutch-tote instead. Belted trousers by Topshop, S$79.90
Don’t be afraid to go bold with trousers in vibrant hues, but refrain from piling on the accessories or other shades when you put this on. Keep it minimal with a white shirt and a pair of black loafers. Strappy sandals by Zara, S$99.90
A pair of strappy — but sparkly — shoes can be appropriate for work too. Simply cover them with a pair of flare pants first. Roll up the hems once you’re ready to head out for drinks. Sculptural heel loafers by Charles & Keith, S$56.90
A pair of velvet loafers is the best of both worlds — while the style is work chic, the luxe fabric and playful burgundy upper make it suitable for play. Crystal pendant necklace by Lovisa, AUD$22.99 (S$23)
Accessories can make or break your outfit. Jazz up your work wear with a necklace, but keep it understated and delicate. Choose a piece that sparkles even when you’re in a dimly lit bar. Drop earrings by Lovisa, AUD$27.99 (S$28)
We know, a pair of bright, dangle earrings are definitely not work appropriate. That doesn’t mean you can’t bring them along with you to work. Simply put them on once you’ve step out of the building. Mini tote bag by Skinny Dip, £26 (S$47)
A statement bag like this cute baby blue piece that sports a tortoiseshell handle will invigorate your officewear instantly. Remember to leave your work files in the office. Printed midi dress by Topshop, S$79.90
We know what you’re thinking — how is this spunky number suitable for work? Ah but it is, if you pop a black blazer on and slip into a pair of sleek black pumps. Simply take off the blazer and you’re all set. Printed leather loafers by Zara, S$109
A pair of python printed soles will add stylish flair to your work outfits without looking too ostentatious. Dress this up with a sleek pencil skirt and a cerulean blue top.