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From work to WOW

Stylist Kathryn Whittaker spins us from the work place to the dance floor in seconds

Published on December 13th 2007.

From work to WOW

The big day is just a few days away so this week will be scattered full of impromptu get together and surprise after-hours cocktails.

So is it really possible to go straight from the office looking a million dollars? Well, the answer ladies is YES. All you need are a few of my top tips to get you glammed up and gorgeous in minutes.

Just one basic necklace and a bangle will make a statement and totally transform your work wear. Remember to stick to your own scale - if you are petite don’t go overboard and if you are average to larger scale make sure your accessories aren’t so small that they get lost. Go for a bit of glitz to really lift your look – try Muse in The Arndale Centre for some of the best or this geometric link necklace for just £6 from www.asos.com.

Foxy shoes will ensure you make a statement. Try patterned, metallic or animal print heels for a truly flexible choice. Just slip them on to transform any black work skirt into a slinky sophisticated look. These brilliant Red or Dead stilettos are a really fab party staple - in this season’s hottest shade purple, the chain strap detail makes them stand apart from the rest. Team with purple accessories and you are off.

Choice of bag is essential to a sexy party look. Add sparkles for a festive sheen or try patent for a hot off the catwalk style. Clutches are very sophisticated but if you want to avoid the dancing around the handbag look then opt for one with an attachable strap so you can spin in safety. Primark have a brilliant selection of shiny clutches as do Dorothy Perkins. This foxy gold coin crescent bag is from Principles and even better it is in the sale at just £19. Grab it before it goes.

The ultimate dress that can go from Work to Wow in five minutes has long been thought of as just a myth. Now girls, it really does exist, you just have to know where it is. Any basic black shift dress can be transformed easily into a sexy after hours look with the help of a waist belt, earrings, bangle, bag and shoes. Then just throw on a pashmina or a corsage of brooch to your work jacket and you shall go to the ball. My fave this season is this Ava structured dress from Oasis. The sleeves will balance out even the most curvaceous of thighs and give it individuality – the perfect blank canvas.

Now it’s time to sort your style stash, be prepared and enjoy the festivities. Have a good one.


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