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From Walk of Shame to Runway-Ready

Didn't make it home last night? No one has to know. 

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 12 May, 2016, 12:41pm
UPDATED : Wednesday, 19 October, 2016, 5:07pm

It happens to the best of us: You had a “sleepover” after a big night out and now it’s 7am, you have a huge hangover, and you need to transform your raccoon eyes, messed up hair and sleepy face into an impossibly fresh “I woke up like this” look.  It’ll take some planning to save you from the embarrassment of walking to work wearing the same clothes from the night before. Here’s what you need to know.

Photo by Kirk Kenny/
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Dress Swap
The safe option is to bring a thin dress with you, like this navy blue dress from What the Frock. It’s comfortable to wear, made of a super soft breathable silk and jersey mix, and best of all, doesn’t need to be ironed—so you can easily stuff it into your bag.

Scandal Sandals 
When it comes time for the great escape and you’re trying to deal with the rush hour crowds, last night’s heels are going to be a pain. As a preventative measure, carry a pair of pretty sandals like these from House of Avenues, which will upscale your look without looking like you’re trying too hard. 

Sun Spots
Shield your hooded eyes with a pair of dark shades like these classic ones from RA.D—also important if you want to avoid eye contact and potential run-ins with people you know. 

Switch it Up
Take off the heavy jewelry—way too loud for the next morning. Instead, throw on these conservative yet beautiful handmade 925 sterling silver earrings from The Little Finger. 


Skirting Around
A reversible skirt can take you instantly from a Sunday rooftop party to a Monday office look. Try this printed pencil skirt from Elie Tahari: wear it black during the evening and turn it back afterwards for a colorful daytime look.


Hide Away
Do people still get hickeys nowadays? A printed scarf covers up any unsightly marks and keeps you looking put together—we love this one by Chailie Ho which is 100 percent silk satin with a Hong Kong skyline design.

Morning After Survival Kit
Go from nighttime party animal to fresh-faced OL with these tips:
1. Remove the redness of your eyes with eye drops
2. Buy or borrow a toothbrush; you don’t want colleagues to smell the alcohol from last night. At least chew some gum. 
3. Use make-up wipes. Nothing better than having a clean face. Maybe even use it for your underarms…
4. Retouching your eyeliner and mascara are a must. 
5. Did you know baby powder can act as dry shampoo? Put a small amount in your hair, then brush or comb it out to revive the volume.