A little creativity can go a long way, especially when it comes to those fun party looks that you are loath to put away until next holiday season. Here are some genuinely good ideas to bring your evening garb into the light of day, without looking like you’ve just left a frat house.
Ways to Repurpose Your Party Outfits
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(Without Looking Like You're Doing The Walk Of Shame)
Fringed skirts, crop tops, and lace dresses: the gang’s all here. Click through for wardrobe tips illustrated by some of our favorite fashion bloggers, including Leandra Medine of Man Repeller, Blair Eadie of Atlantic-Pacific, and Lisa Dengler of Just Another Fashion Blog.
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Yes, you can wear your crop top to work. Simply layer a silk blouse under a loose-fit, abbreviated top, and pair the combo with tailored pants. We favor a darker color combination, like this navy and black mix seen on Lisa Dengler of Just Another Fashion Blog.
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Temper the glitz by pairing your layered, sparkly necklaces with sharp menswear separates, like this oversized white button-down and plaid blazer on Leandra Medine of Man Repeller.
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Velvet-Lapel Tuxedo Jacket
This works for satin tuxedo jackets as well; simply toss over monochromatic jeans and a faded t-shirt, and pair with brogues or loafers. The relaxed androgyny counters the evening style with ease.
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You might have been proud of your gumption for wearing these to a party in the first place, but now you’ve earned your stripes and we think you’re ready for the next challenge. Wear them in place of your favorite jeans—like Alex from Alex’s Closet does here—with combat boots and layered sweaters. Extra points if you can get a dance party started at the grocery store.
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The fringed skirt is surprisingly versatile. You can channel flapper by night, or riff on its swingy movement by wearing it with sporty sneakers for day. Pair your skirt with a bold bag to ensure the spotlight is shared, like Irina Lakicevic of A Portable Package does here.
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Your delicate, long-sleeved lace dress can see the light of day when layered under a nubby wool midi skirt. Make sure the cuts are similar, that the skirt hits at your true waist, and an inch or two of the lace dress peeks out from the bottom, so that it looks intentional.
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It’s not rocket science, but your spangly, printed, sky-high heels can be worn during the day, as long as you pair them with relaxed separates, like a flannel and bateau stripes. Take a tip from Atlantic-Pacific’s Blair Eadie, and keep your bag in the same color family to tie everything together.
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Lace-Trimmed Slip Dress
The diaphanous slip dress seems like it belongs in the boudoir, but since you debuted it at that cocktail party under a blazer, why not let it see some sunshine as well? Choose a chunky knit—turtleneck and crewneck styles work equally well—and keep the colors somber like Anne-Laure of Adenorah.
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We know you looked like Erin Wasson in that leather mini dress, but when it comes time to re-wear it, why not skew more Alexa Chung and try it with a Peter Pan collar shirt underneath?
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The bold pendant on a long chain that instantly jazzed up your party dress can be re-worn with a backless top or dress by simply flipping it backwards. Make sure to slide the clasp down to where the pendant falls so it doesn’t announce itself at the front of your neck.