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How To Transform Daily Workwear Into Outfits You'll Hit The Town In

Dressing for work can be tough, especially when you have a penchant for outfits that play up your curves or may traditionally be deemed non-work appropriate — in interest of dressing the part for your post-office plans. But before you resign yourself to drab pieces or lugging around a change of outfit, you’d be happy to know that it is possible to wear what you love without getting into hot water. Nope, it doesn’t involve dressing provocatively, but it won’t cramp your style either. Here are some tips for you to easily take your outfit from work to play. Bonus: they won’t get you in trouble with HR.

 

#1: Tame a sexy dress by choosing black.
Don’t choose vermilion red or cerulean blue slip dresses if you’re getting ready for work as these bright shades will instantly cast unwanted spotlight on you. Instead, go for black. You’ll look sharp at boardroom meetings, even if the dress has a mini side-slit that highlights your legs. Knot-front silk dress with side slit details by Raey, US$489 (S$670), via Matchesfashion; Leather “Godiva” pumps by Sergio Rossi, S$1,028, via Farfetch; Woven leather bucket bag by Zara, S$279; Leather logo earrings by Fendi, S$780, via Brownsfashion #2: A blazer is always the best bet
When in doubt, cover up (in style). If you want to rock a sexy red dress at a party after work, you can. Simply throw on a blazer. In fact, the blazer is a great #stylehack when you have a work meeting and you want to look like you mean business. Just slip it off when you’re out the door at 6pm. There, you’re good to go. Checkered slip-dress by Miaou, S$263, via Farfetch; Double-breasted checkered blazer by Zara, S$89.90; Leather buckle pointed-toe shoe by Toga Pulla, S$548, via Farfetch; Shearling shoulder bag by Fendi, €2,900 (S$4,649), via Mytheresa #3: Go for body conscious silhouette, but with sleeves
Dresses of this variety that show off your decolletage, arms and legs all at once should only be kept for after office hours. If you want to flaunt your figure in one, go for those with longer hemlines — plus sleeves to retain a professional image. Ina ruffled ribbed wool midi dress by Khaite, £885 (S$1,589), via Net-a-Porter; Flat shoes with bow and faux pearl detail by Zara, S$99.90; Lambskin leather wristlet clutch by Aesther Ekme, €285 (S$457); White gold ear studs by Carolina Bucci, S$398, via Brownsfashion #4: Pair off-the-shoulder tops with flared trousers
If sexy dresses are not your thing, go for a stylish off-the-shoulder top instead that highlights your neckline and collarbone. To make it work appropriate, pair it with tailored flared trousers. Off-the-shoulder cotton poplin top by Zara, S$59.90; Wool-blend flare pants by Chloé, US$1,126 (S$1,543), via Matchesfashion; Crystal-embellished velvet pumps by Alexachung, £395 (S$710), via Net-a-Porter; Tweed and leather “Puzzle” shoulder bag by Loewe, £1,725 (S$3,099), via Net-a-Porter; Gold-tone pearl bracelet by Rosantica, £185 (S$332), via Net-a-Porter; 18kt gold, pearls and diamonds single earring by Gucci, S$1,740, via Farfetch #5: Show off some decolletage, but not too much
There’s no harm in flaunting your decolletage with V-neck tops and dresses, or shirts with a scoop neck. One thing to keep in mind though: make sure the dip is not too excessive. A rule of thumb is to keep it slightly above your bust line. Keep the rest of your outfit modest and complement your look with some statement necklaces. Patchwork checked wool-tweed and crepe dress by Acne Studios, £700 (S$1,258), via Net-a-Porter; Crocodile leather sling-back kitten heel with bow detail by Prada, US$2,200 (S$3,013), via Moda Operandi; Leather-trimmed suede top-handle bag by Manu Atelier, £425 (S$764), via Net-a-Porter; Gold-tone necklace with irregular shape details by Zara, S$45.90