From Work to Date Night in 3 Simple Steps!

Going straight to a date from work is equally exciting and daunting—exciting because dates can bring new possibilities into our lives, and daunting because of the never-ending question of what to wear. There is usually a quick time turnaround between the two commitments. As a busy woman, it’s important to make the most of your precious time. Use these three steps to quickly turn your no-fuss business meeting dress into a flirty meeting-for-drinks outfit.

Plan Ahead

When you’re trying to squeeze date night into an already-busy work day, you can save yourself a lot of indecisiveness and stress by planning ahead. Take some time the weekend before to decide what you’re going to wear to work. This may seem like an unnecessary tip at first glance, but if you don’t find an outfit you love, you’ll have time to shop online or head to the mall to make a quick purchase. Consider shopping at an online (or offline) consignment shop to find a one-of-a kind, date-ready piece on a budget. When the morning rush comes the day of your date, your future self will thank you for having an outfit ready. You’ll begin your day with a winning mentality that will breed confidence into your morning. Sounds like the perfect way to walk into a busy day that includes a date night!

Start Neutral

When choosing your outfit, you want something that’s work appropriate but will serve as a great base for your date — assuming you don’t want to lug around a bag of clothes to change into when the workday is over. Your best bet is a dress in a neutral color. Whether you prefer a palette of black, navy, camel, grey or white, pick a dress with a classic silhouette that makes you feel comfortable and confident. Steer away from any necklines or hemlines that might not fly at work. (If you’re questioning whether it will be appropriate, chances are it’s not.) Worried about looking too plain or business-y? Don’t fret. A neutral dress is the perfect blank canvas for the next step.

Pack Accessories for Later

Once you have your neutral base, you can transform it with personality-packed accessories after 5 p.m. hits. Swipe on a pop of bright lipstick, don a pair of bold earrings or switch out your pumps for a showy statement heel. The right accessories can take any outfit up a notch and make it date night-ready in a jiffy. Take this opportunity to use jewelry, coats, scarves or shoes to infuse your personal style into your date night outfit. Have fun with it, and express yourself!

Dressing for a chock-full schedule that includes running from work to a date night can be overwhelming, but with these dressing guidelines and the magic tip of planning your outfit ahead of time, it can be fun.

Guest Post Contributed by thredUP.


Posted by Catherine Claire

Catherine Claire is a fashion blogger, stylist and Reiki practitioner who writes for, an online and offline thrift store that offers a selection of date-worthy women’s dresses. When she isn’t working, she splits her time between three cities: Richmond, New York City and Los Angeles.

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