Holiday-ready: Dress for Day-to-Night

Today, let’s talk about a common scenario we’ve all undoubtedly faced: You’re invited to dinner last-minute or your co-workers spring a spontaneous happy hour proposition on you and changing is just not an option.

Or, in my case, two words: holiday party.

There are many ways you can take a work-worthy outfit to an entirely new level to be ready for a night out. For starters, the right dress will work in any of these scenarios. I fell in love with this emerald dress from BCBG when I found it at Macy’s. (Pantone color of 2013, woot!) When belted, its shift shape is figure-hugging enough for a night on the town, but it can also be easily dressed back down with opaque tights, a tuxedo blazer or (slash in my case, and) faux fur vest.
When it’s time to transfer from board room to bar stool, my go-to style trick is to cast off the layers and put on a killer pair of heels. I like to finish with a swipe of Rimmel London Stay Glossy (which you may have noticed I’ve been wearing non-stop), a fresh coat YSL TOUCHE ÉCLAT to make it look like I didn’t just sit behind a desk all day.
*Wearing: INC faux fur vest, DKNY tuxedo blazer, BCBG dress (love this one) / Enzo Angiolini boots (first look, also styled here / Truth or Dare by Madonna studded pumps (second look, also styled here)

My last fail-proof tip is keeping a few accessories in your desk. And accessories, in my case, are shoes. As all of my co-workers could tell you, I have at least three pairs of shoes at the office at all times. I’m not exactly sure how they accumulate, but facts are facts.


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  • Liz @ Foodies&Booties

    LOVE how you took the look from day to night!! And the emerald dress?! Gorgeous!

  • LOOKING GOOD, GIRLFRIEND! Love this color on you. You need to tear a page out of my burgundy book and start wearing emerald OFTEN! xo

    PS – Love the fur vest over a blazer look. Might have to do some copying. 😉

  • Liz

    That green looks great on you! Totally Pantone friendly 😀

  • Michelle

    That fur vest is amazing… is that calico? 😉

  • Lisa

    Love the color of that dress, it’s my favorite. They are both such cute and comfortable winter outfits!

  • love that dress hallie!
    Xo Megan,

  • Oh, loving that green on you! Fabulous!

  • Nicolette

    One of my favorite colors! I love the spike heels, too.

  • joann tompkins winborn

    love that color! Nice jacket!

  • looks good to me

  • suayn

    Nice to see that emerald green that is so popular. That collor works well no mater what.

  • Brandi


  • Hallie! You gorgeous girl. Fancy seeing you here. 😉

  • Jennifer B

    Nice outfits!

  • I like simplicity of the outfit! The different ways to wear it is Fun ! Not a fan of the fur vest.

  • Ellen

    I love the emerald green – one of my favorite colors. I also love the versatility of the dress. I like to accessorize short dresses like that with ankle boots for fun evening wear and I also sometimes wear very tapered jeans, and belt or tuck the dress to go to a morecasual look .

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