I'm a big fan of purchasing clothes that serve more than one purpose - I get more bang for my buck and I get to go to work feeling semi-snazzy in my "modified party clothes!"
Case in Point:
This is not the most exciting dress... actually, I wouldn't classify this as "cocktail" but it is silk and sleeveless and works for a whole slew of social events (church, showers, graduations, etc)... But throw a jacket over it or a button down under it, and it becomes a fabulous work dress!
Black Suit Jacket - Banana Republic
Silk "Circles" Tulip Dress - Banana Republic
Black Tights - Merona via Target
Patent & Suede "Harper" Pumps - J.Crew
Gold Figure-8 Earrings - gift
Gold Medallion Necklace - gift
Obsessed with this Theory steal from RueLaLa.... First, the top portion is a super-stretchy, super-flattering, super-comfy lycra blend that reminds me of my favorite ballet leotards from back in the Skinny Days. Empire Waist is tricky on my body type at times - making me appear more bottom heavy and pair-shaped than is entirely fair. But for some reason... this works. I always feel thin in this dress! The paint-brush basket-weave pattern on the silk skirt is understated but a little unexpected. Pop on a bright turquoise cardy from LEC, and we're ready for a day of work, to be followed thereafter with dinner and drinks!
Are you sick of my LEC Heritage Cardy Love yet? Seriously y'all, these colors are GORGEOUS! So vibrant! I think I need more! Come on, coupons!
"Heritage" Cardigan in Turquoise Sea - Lands' End Canvas
"Mixed Media" Dress - Theory via RueLaLa
Perfect Patent Platform Pumps - Ann Taylor
Seed Pearl Necklace - gift