What to wear to an after work cocktail party

QUESTION: I am invited to an “after work” cocktail party in my co-worker’s home. It is directly after work, but should I go home and change clothes? If so, what should I wear? Casual attire?

CALLIE’S ANSWER: If this is an after-work thing, I wouldn’t go home and change clothes. Not many have the time or live that close to work. I would just edit your outfit for the day.

LILLIE-BETH’S ANSWER: First, you can ask the host what she’s wearing or what the attire is. Generally, if the time is right after you would normally get off work, like 5:30 pm or 6 pm, then wear what you would wear to work. If it is later, then it might be a little dressier and you also would have time to go home and change. You can also dress up a little more that day for work or layer your outfit and switch out, say, a business top for a more partylike one as you walk out the door, or bring a separate outfit to change into right after work. Deciding this depends on your schedule and the host’s dress code intentions, but generally it’s OK to ask.

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