With all the weddings and Christmas parties you've attended in the past, you probably have a bunch of pretty party dresses stowed away at the back of your closet. Sure, the festivities are over, but that doesn't mean that you shouldn't re-wear these numbers on a regular day—and yes, even at work. Because if you spent at least P2,000 on a special dress, you wouldn’t want to wear it for only one day, right? It’s important to maximize every purchase, especially if you're paying for loan, rent, and electricity bills every single month. All it takes is just a bit of creativity to make your sleeveless frock or even your shimmering dress office-appropriate. For proof, check out these outfit inspos below:
1. Throw on an oversized blazer
Sure, you can always dress down with a denim jacket or a cardigan, but you can also consider dressing it up and make it appear even more stylishly office-appropriate with a blazer. Go for an oversized silhouette so it'll hide most parts of your dress while still allowing the fun details to peek through like the dainty lace fabric of Kim Jones' dress or the shiny pleated hemlines of Liz Uy's frock below:
...Or you can also cinch your waist with a belt to appear more polished for an office meeting. Heart Evangelista swears by this waist-accentuating trick:
2. Treat it like a skirt
Spent a lot of cash on that dress that you only wore once? Make the most use out of that frock by using it as a skirt! Top it off with a crisp blouse or a cozy sweater, and you've got a whole new outfit to wear in the office.
3. Layer it under a blouse or a T-shirt
Jackets aren't your only lifesavers when it comes to adding coverage to a skin-baring dress. A white, long-sleeve blouse like Mari Jasmine's is perfect for loose dresses as it won't appear bulky on the waist. But if you want a more fail-proof way to layer, simply opt for a fitted tee as it won't bulge no matter what dress you layer it on.
4. Dress it down with some kicks
When in doubt, the classic way to dress down a dress is to wear it with a casual pair of sneakers—but only if you aren't breaking any dress code, of course.