I’m all about any style hack that will extend the life of my wardrobe, especially any style tricks that will allow me to rewear clothes I’ve spent a lot of money on, like cocktail dresses, in new ways. Cocktail dresses are one of those items in your closet that you tend to only wear two or three times (because you tend to go to parties with the same people or well, Instagram now exists) and then you don’t have much more use for them, but they almost always cost a fortune. (Sadly, it’s not often that I find a great cocktail dress at the H&Ms and Zaras of the world — though this might be the best $25 cocktail dress I’ve ever bought). But when you spend all that money on a baller cocktail dress, do you really only want to wear it once or twice? Of course not. That’s why I love this style hack: wear a shirt under a cocktail dress and make it office-appropriate or perfect for any daytime event.
Take your favorite new party dress to the office by layering a T-shirt, button-down, or turtleneck underneath, and adding more daytime-appropriate shoes — a chunky loafer, a heeled bootie, a tall boot, or even a classic pump. Toss a jacket or blazer on top for an extra layer to guard against a chilly office, and no one will think twice other. In fact, you’ll probably end up getting tons of compliments on your amazing new “work” dress. Make a cocktail dress work for a ladies lunch or afternoon event by throwing a t-shirt underneath and adding a cardigan and sneakers or flats. Yep, it really is that simple.
To show you how easy it is to pull off this look and remix your favorite party dress for daytime, I turned to Instagram and Pinterest. Here’s how to wear a shirt under a cocktail dress and make it work for the office or a daytime event.