From Work to Holiday Parties

Finding a free day on your calendar in December is practically impossible. In fact, some days are booked with back-to-back activities, making any downtown non-existent. So what do you do if you have to go straight from work to a holiday party? Sitting at your desk all day in a sparkly cocktail dress is definitely not an option! Follow our tips to save you time and make transitioning a breeze!

Change Your Shoes

Shoes are the fastest way to make a statement – and help you put your best foot forward at your next party. Switch from sensible flats to stunning high heels once you clock out to take your outfit from regular to glam in seconds! These Saint Laurent black satin sandals from Neiman Marcus are elegant on top and celebration on the bottom, as they are covered with silver crystal embellishments along the heel and sole. Or, sparkle all night with these Christian Louboutin leather booties, completely covered in colorful glitter.

Add a Skirt

Gorgeous holiday dresses aren’t exactly work-appropriate from 9-to-5, so just slip on a festive skirt before walking into your party. Wear something simple to the office, like a solid black dress or a white blouse with pants. Then in the bathroom, slip on a beautiful skirt over your solid dress or blouse (and remove the pants) and you’ll be ready to go! This Halogen skirt from Nordstrom is a stunning choice, as it is made with a seasonal black velvet material with pleats. For a little more oomph, opt for sequins, like this Eliza J skirt that is covered entirely in shimmering gold sequins.

Finish with Accessories

Finally, trade out your office pearls and neutral-colored tote bag for accessories that make a statement. You’ll light up more than the Christmas lights with these David Yurman 18k rose gold drop earrings at Neiman Marcus, which feature feminine, pink morganite stones surrounded by a border of white diamonds. And don’t forget to leave your large work purse in the car! Switch your wallet and lipstick to a pretty clutch bag, like this silver Miu Miu clutch that will remind you of a winter wonderland. It comes in an icy metallic color, covered with jeweled and crystal flowers in the front and connected to a chain-and-pearl patterned shoulder strap.

With these adjustments, no one will be able to tell you were at work all day – and eliminating a stop at home first means you can appreciate those holiday cocktails sooner!

Sydni Ellis grew up in the great state of Texas, where she learned to love chips and salsa and hot weather. She has a master’s degree in Journalism from the University of North Texas, and she currently works in the College Communications, Marketing and Outreach office at Richland College. Some of her passions include writing, traveling and re-reading the Harry Potter Series every chance she gets. In the spirit of spontaneity, Sydni lives her life with a pen in one hand and her video camera in the other; ready to capture the next great story.

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