Work holiday parties are tricky occasions to dress for. The fêtes typically land on a weeknight during that busy end-of-year crunch, so they have a funny way of sneaking up on you. Forget the stress of finishing up your “due EOD” deliverables—you’re also frantically primping in the office bathroom and trying to MacGyver your way through wrapping the white elephant gift you just picked up. But that’s all going to change this year. Blogger Michelle Madsen of Take Aim, who is no stranger to putting together outfits in a pinch, is demonstrating (via GIFS and videos, because they’re fun) how to make your office ensemble holiday party-ready in six easy steps. The key is figuring out the two-for-one outfit that will create the perfect duck-to-swan reveal so that you don’t have to pack a whole separate ensemble.
Swipe left to right to see the transformation; then keep reading for quick, easy tips that’ll make this year's office-to–holiday party transition a breeze.
Think of this as a Russian nesting doll trick, only instead of pretty babushkas, we’re working with pretty bags. The day of the party, make sure you bring a large work tote that’s roomy enough to contain your party bag of choice. We recommend avoiding structured clutches to avoid creasing and folding. Go for a mini bucket bag that won’t lose its shape.
For this, we give pause. Bringing a game changer of a third piece to the office (in this case, a faux-fur jacket in dusky blue) for added drama is an absolute must. Its statement-making abilities are unquestionable and will no doubt have your co-workers wondering how you pulled off the day-to-night transformation so deftly.
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