From Work Wear to Casual Chic | Restyle Your Closet

A friend recently transitioned from a corporate working environment to a work-at-home situation, and said that all of her "work clothes" are now pushed to the back of her closet, out of sight. I have always had an issue separating "work clothes" from "casual clothes" because I tend to see endless opportunities for mixing and layering in my closet. Of course there are moments where I keep the two decidedly separate, but making the transition for work wear into the world of casual chic is totally doable. 

The easiest piece to transition from work wear to casual chic is the button down shirt. As shown above, it is endlessly versatile: layer a button down shirt beneath a thin sweater, then add tailored shorts and casual shoes for a smart weekend look; or keep it paired with its office twin--the blazer--but add cropped slacks in a bright color and smoking slippers (which are a majorly on trend transition shoe to take you from winter into spring) for more of a preppy vibe than a corporate one. 

The denim or chambray shirt is a wonderfully deliberate way to make dressier items feel casual. As in the photos above, wear it with a dressier pant to create an ensemble that has a laid back vibe; or layer one over your favorite sheath dress, belt it and add a sexy sandal--making it more appropriate for drinks than your desk. 

I also love the idea of using printed button down tops and pussybow blouses paired with colored jeans rather than slacks. With the addition of pumps, you've given your denim a sophisticated and modern vibe; and created a look that reads "put together" but not "corporate". 

What are some of the ways you transition your work wear for more casual styling

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