In this big city, people are moving fast. That means finding key pieces that will transform the basic work uniform of a suit or a blouse and skirt to a date-ready look that will catch your potential mate’s attention. It’s easy to transform your drab office look into a stunning date-night-worthy ensemble with just a few key pieces.
2437 1/2 University Blvd.
Houston, TX 77005
Hours: Mon to Fri – 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
This bright and colorful shop is the go-to for accessories that make a statement. While many of Turner’s pieces can be worn to the office, the designer shines when it comes to snazzy after 5 accessories. Pumps and ankle boots embellished with sequin patterns add a glitz factor to your look and can be worn with a basic cocktail dress or a trendy ensemble of a vintage blouse and skinny trousers. A little shimmer always transforms an office-to-date-night look, as long as it’s used in a tasteful manner. Stick to one glitzy piece and play up the shine with metal jewelry or a soft shimmering eye makeup.
2434 Rice Blvd.
Houston, TX 77005
Hours: Mon to Fri – 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Sat 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
A little jewelry goes a long way to change the look of a little black dress or a blouse and skirt. If you have a date, consider wearing a black sheath dress to the office, topped with a blazer or cardigan. Once it’s time for that date, you can remove the jacket (in Houston, it’s likely to be warm enough) and add a pair of statement earrings to amp up the dress. Raspberry Rose is located in Rice Village and has plenty of eye-catching jewelry to transform a basic black dress. When wearing a busy pair of earrings or a standout necklace, opt for a clean neckline that will let you display the jewelry with elegance.
2021 W Gray St.
Houston, TX 77019
Hours: Mon – Sat – 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Sun 12 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Fabulous pumps can make an outfit. When going from the office to a date, consider wearing a dress, skirt or slim pair of tapered pants that show off a pair of statement shoes. Shoes can be the focal point of your look, and if those shoes say you’re there to party, you’ve successfully achieved the office to date night transition. Em&Lee stocks affordable trendy pieces, including those major platforms you’ve seen on celebrities on and off the red carpet. The more dramatic the platform, the better. At Em&Lee you can choose a pair of soft gold platform pumps which work with everything from the LBD to a print dress or a blouse and skinny pants.
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Statement Pieces and Handbags
More Than You Can Imagine
Houston, TX 77098
Hours: Mon – Sat 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Even the most modest are sometimes swayed by designer names you can barely pronounce. Enter More Than You Can Imagine. This shop has changed the way second hand shopping is done. You’ll find plenty of designer jewelry, purses and handbags to transition your office look for date night. Think of showy costume jewelry pieces like a big necklace or major cuff bracelet to set off basic office garb. You can also peruse the shoe section which is usually stocked with designers like Prada and Fendi for about half of their retail price. The prices are still high, but a bargain compared to department stores up the road on Westheimer.
4022 Westheimer Road
Houston, TX 77027
Hours: Mon – Sat 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Sun – 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.
There are several Francesa’s Collections locations throughout Houston, both in and out of the loop. One of the trends that has stuck around for awhile are layered necklaces. Wearing a few layered necklaces is a great way to transform a blouse or shirt for date night. Francesca’s stocks thin, delicate necklaces at moderate prices, making it easy to snap a few up to add glamour to a top. Silver and pewter work best with cool tones such as blue, gray or purple, while gold can be worn with warm hues like chocolate, rust and marigold. Feeling gutsy? Mix your metals for a look that’s fashion forward, yet wearable.