Outfit Inspiration: Take Your Shift Dress From Work to Play

Zanna Roberts Rassi

Zanna Roberts Rassi

Leave it to a fashion expert to show us just how to take something as simple as a shift dress and sex it up. Zanna Roberts Rossi, the senior fashion editor at Marie Claire magazine as well as a regular on E! and NBC, is one of the most photographed women of Fashion Week because of her unique sense of mixing staples with selections right off the runway.

Instead of wearing your shift with work staples, we’re showing you how to take the dress out from behind your desk and right onto the dancefloor. No blazers, no sensible heels, take our advice and you’ll be ready for after-dark celebrations, whether they’re holiday parties, girls’ nights or any time you don’t have the chance to head home for a wardrobe change.

LOFT Tipped Sheath Dress

LOFT Tipped Sheath Dress

Since our First Lady first stepped out in her go-to shifts, every designer and label has been pumping them out, season after season. Summer saw us wearing gingham and seersucker, we amassed linen and silk shifts for the spring and now that it’s officially fall, we can pull out our more substantial wool dresses. Whether you work in a casual or formal environment, a shift dress works with any of the other basics you’ve got in your arsenal. If you need an update, we’ve fallen for the LOFT Tipped Sheath Dress ($89.95) thanks to it’s ultra-flattering detailing, deep jewel tone — trust us, everyone looks great in green — and wallet-friendly price tag.

Outift Inspiration: Add a dash of sex appeal to the sheath

Outift Inspiration: Add a dash of sex appeal to the sheath

1. Instead of your black blazer, opt for a bold interpretation of a moto jacket. The Gap Ombre wool moto jacket ($128) takes a classic and remixes it with one of the season’s most prevalent trends. Keep this on the back of your chair and you’ll add a touch of street savvy to anything you wear to work.

2. The easiest way to transition your dress is to add a shoe that’s loud and flashy. While we can think of a few outfits to pair the J. Crew Strappy mirror metallic pump ($278) with that are perfect for work, we’ll leave these party shoes for the after-5 crowd. The four inch heel means business and the blush hue is a new take on your nude standby.

3. You’ll need a bag to tote your shoes in on your way into the office, right? Fashion editors are clamoring over the new It-bag, which is really and anti-It thanks to minimal branding and a focus on materials and craftsman ship. The Mansur Gavriel tote ($425) sold out in its first run on Net-a-Porter, and we’re all eagerly awaiting a replenishment. The bag seems simple enough, but meticulous details such as triple reinforced handles and a bold, fiery red interior make this a worthy splurge.

4. Slick on a red lip to instantly brighten your complexion and to let everyone know that it’s definitely time for some fun. The new Urban Decay Revolution Lipstick ($22) is infused with jojoba and avocado oils as well as shea and cocoa butters to keep your lips soft.

5. Ditch your pearl studs and choose to stand out with the Club Monaco Jessa Spike Earring ($49.50). The multicolor crystals will shimmer and shine with every toss of your hair.

Images courtesy Club Monaco, Net-a-Porter, Sephora, J. Crew, Gap and NYMag

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