When a handful of festive party dresses are gathering dust in your closet, it’s time to go back to the drawing board. To get more bang for your buck, follow the lead of designers like Victoria Beckham, Michael Kors and Ralph Lauren, who paired sequined cocktail dresses or floor-sweeping satin gowns with simple sweaters and classic turtlenecks — most of which you probably already have in your closet. That way you can transition from day to night and back again without spending a dime. Thrifty, right?
For the office, take notes from Theory, Vera Wang and No. 21. These designers masterfully styled after-dark dresses with elongated or belted blazers that look as effortless as can be. Just throw on a pair of pumps and go. If only everything in life was this easy.