Style file: From Professional to Sensational in under 10 minutes

The term “pressed for time” takes a whole new meaning when running from work to play and everything in between. Pretty much everyone – except for our mothers who patiently blow duas on anyone who happens to be in their periphery – is dashing about, trying to sneak in a bath or complete a work-related task before the imminent transition to the women of the hour. And then you get an invite for a night out with friends. The day arrives. After a full day at work – because let’s face it, offices these days don’t follow timings to the T – you’re very much in danger of showing up as Cousin Ed: all dishevelled hair with nothing to redeem you. You can’t really unfriend your over-enthusiastic host (very ungrateful, we know), so it’s better to just ace your ‘work-to-party’ transition. It is already over 6:45 pm, and thanks to the traffic and your mini rant, you now have exactly 10 minutes to impress the ever-critical and ever-present (at such parties) Aunty Rubina! Don’t worry; we’ve got you covered in our seven jhatpat work-to-party outfits, no matter what time of the day, keeping you chic all around the clock. For work: Do away with the dupatta and the palazzos and slip into your trustee white shalwar. For night out: Peel off the shalwar and wear these gorgeous printed palazzos and dupatta along with statement earrings and a motia gajra! Buy it for PKR 8,898 For work: Pair the panelled top with mirror work on the bodice, tassel dorri closure on the neckline and churidar sleeves with plain shalwar. For night out: Leave the pants at work. Not literally though! Loosen your hair and wear this refreshing shade of blue with white culottes., and tarkashi dupatta! Buy it for PKR2,298 For work: Take off the koti. It is as simple as that. And of course, you need to step into a pair of black trousers or tights. For night out: Slip on the koti. And jazz it up with black flared pants, a messy bun and gold hoops! Buy it for PKR 4,998 For work: Do away this Screen-printed grey shirt with hand-embellished sequins, with your trustee denims under the shirt and an equally trustee braid. For night out: You know the drill by now, don’t you? Pair this shirt with black trousers, burgundy lipstick, and even a choker if it’s an extra fancy party to complete the look for a fun dinner. Buy it for PKR 3,198 For work: First, let’s appreciate how pretty this Mumtaz nama outfit is. Now, wear it as is because this one is as work appropriate as it gets. It is on the fancier side, so save it for special days. For night out: Accessorising is the way to go! Wear your fave high heels, big chunky arm candy and invest in a nice blow-out. And smokey eye makeup also won’t hurt. Buy it for PKR7,998 For work: Ever heard of wearing a sari to work? Well, now is the time to sport it. Replace the digitally printed blouse with a simpler, cotton one and swipe your hair up into a sky-high ponytail to counter the seriousness of the look. You may get some undue attention, but we suggest you enjoy it instead of shying away. For night out: Replace the cotton blouse with the fancy one, turn the ponytail into a joora, and add statement ear cuffs. Also, don’t forget to pile on bucket loads of highlighter and lipstick! Buy it for PKR 10,498. For work: This one comes with a lot of beautiful details –This is block printed, and has herringbone stitch details! We’re thinking of ditching the dupatta and replacing the trousers with frayed jeans (because they don’t need ironing) and slipping into tan kolhapuris to rock the fusion look at work. For night out: Since the shirt is beautifully blocked printed, we paired it with plain trousers, we’ll stick with those and funk up the look with a braided hairdo, statement rings, and chaandbalis! Buy it for PKR 4,698.

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