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7 Essential outfits that are perfect for both work and play

Any living, breathing female who works in an office knows what a struggle it can be waking up and choosing a stylish outfit — one that is work-appropriate but can easily transition into a cute after-hours look. Not everyone wants to have to bring a change of clothes for their after-work activities. Spoiler alert: you don’t have to!

I have compiled a list of seven awesome outfits — and of course accessories to help dress up your look — for those of you who want to play hard after staring at a computer screen all day.

1. The little black dress

Little Black Dress
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This sweetheart neckline LBD looks a little risqué for the office by itself; however, pair it with a nice fitted blazer during the day and you’ve got it made. In this case, all you need to do is ditch the blazer when you leave your office, and you’ll be ready to paint the town red.

Dress: Forever21 (Thrifted) $15, Heels: Christian Louboutin (Tradesy) $480

2. Shift dress

Shift Dress
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The shift dress is basically a godsend when it comes to dresses. The high neckline makes this piece perfect for the office, while the flowy cut makes it a fun and flirty look for going out for the evening. Whether paired with flats or flashy heels, this dress always steals the show.

Dress: Banana Republic $84, Earrings: Kendra Scott (Rocksbox) $36, Heels: White House Black Market $79

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3. Peplum sweater and pants

Peplum sweater and pants
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These pieces are chic, sophisticated and understated all at the same time — the perfect combo for both work and after hours. For the work place, this pair is perfect on its own. For a cool evening look, pair this outfit with some statement jewelry and patent heels.

Peplum Sweater: Banana Republic $39, Earrings: Jared $199, Necklace: Jenny Bird (Rocksbox) $110, Pants: Ann Taylor LOFT $69, Heels: Christian Louboutin (Tradesy) $389

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4. Swing dress and statement necklace

Swing dress
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My favorite: the swing dress! This type of dress is essential because much like the shift dress, its overall appearance is professional for the work place. However, when paired with the right accessories at night, this coy little dress can just become so subtly sexy.

Swing Dress: Terry Jolo Brand $249, Earrings: Mirina Collections $60, Necklace: Mirina Collections $149, Heels: White House Black Market $79

5. Collared dress

Collared Dress
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The collared dress is such a classic office look; I am positive every woman who works in an office has one. However, we typically see them donned in a solid color. To switch up this look, try going with a fun and fabulous pattern. This still gives you the classic, sophisticated look, but with a bit more flare for the evening.

Dress: Terry Jolo Brand $449, Earrings: Kendra Scott (Rocksbox) $36, Skirt: Banana Republic $59, Heels: Christian Louboutin (Tradesy) $389

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6. Patterned pants

Paterned Pants
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Cropped skinnies in a clean print with a simple sweater is an everyday, easy-to-rock look for work. It can also be dressed up with a pretty necklace and some heels after hours for a great laid-back look that keeps its chic charm.

Sweater: Pendleton $69, Earrings: Yuri’s Jewelry $45, Necklace: Mirina Collections $149, Pants: Ann Taylor Loft $69, Heels: White House Black Market $79

7. Two-piece dress and feathered shawl

Dress and shawl
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Last but not least, my favorite style trend this year: the two-piece dress. I’ve been digging this look so much because it looks so feminine and pretty paired with a fitted blazer in the office, but it can become so fierce and sexy at night when paired with a feathered shawl and stilettos.

Dress: BAR III $79, Shawl: $10 (Thrifted), Heels: Christian Louboutin (Tradesy) $480

What are some of your favorite pieces for work and play? Tell us about it in the comment section below!

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