Guest Blogger - April Clark, Fashion Aficionado, Beauty, Lifestyle Blogger 

Have you ever been asked at the last minute to attend an after-work event and declined because you're not dressed appropriately? With a few switches to your wardrobe you can go from your desk to dinner in just a few steps.

Ways to go from desk to dinner:

1.  Switch Your shoes.

Bring along a playful pair of shoes for after hour dinner.  CLARKS has a nice selection of career and dressy shoes to take you to dinner in style.

PHOTO CREDIT:  CLARKS Orabella Fame Black Patent Shoe and Amali Tulip Silver Metallic Shoe and Tote from NEW YORK AND COMPANY​.

2.  Wear a dinner jacket.

There's a difference between a suit jacket and a dinner jacket. A dinner jacket is a semi-formal suit jacket  distinguished primarily by satin facing on the lapels, buttons, pocket trim. Find a great dinner jacket at BROOKS BROTHERS and keep one handy at the office in case you're invited to an after-work event.

3.  Do a quick accessories change.

Switch out your conservative jewelry for a little bling!  SWAROVSKI and NEW YORK AND COMPANY have stylish crystal jewelry for a dazzling evening after work.

PHOTO CREDIT:  Wine colored drop earrings from NEW YORK AND COMPANY​

4.  Do a makeup change.

Add a bold lip and balmy blush for a nighttime glow.  BARE ESSENCUALS carries convenient kits to add to your work bag to make the transition.

5.  Keep a clutch in your work tote.

Shop for the perfect work tote and clutch at MICHAEL KORS, they're fall collection is luxe day to night bags.

6.  Wear dark denim.

If you're attending a casual after-work function, still be mindful that it is work. Swap out your trousers for dark denim BANANA REPUBLIC, NEW YORK AND COMPANY and MADWELL carry great dark denim options.

PHOTO CREDIT:  SOHO bootcut jeans, Rose leather jacket, burgundy floral button up shirt and accessories from NEW YORK AND COMPANY​.

7.  Change the cardigan for a cropped leather jacket.

While you're at workyou may have to adhere to a certain dress code and so go a little edgier for after work cocktails with a cropped leather jacket from NEW YORK AND COMPANY. 

8.  Build on the basics.

Before work, choose a simple piece to be the backdrop for your outfit like an A-line dress. Later on, that evening, layer it with accessories and other clothing items like silk scarves, belts, or dressy cardigans.  J. JILL has great career separates to build on and the accessories too!

9.  Get a quick blowout.

Schedule an appointment at CARMEN, CARMEN AT BELK provides an array of services to keep you stylish!

10.  Remove your tie and add a handkerchief.

Shop for ties and handkerchiefs from J. Crew. While you're at work sport your ties for meetings and later, after work for dinner add a pocket square to your dinner jacket for a touch of sophistication for a casual evening.

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