How to Transition from the Office to Going Out

Tips for Going Out Straight from the Office

If you choose to wear cologne, apply it sparingly. Cologne is not a substitute for deodorant [source: Rath]. Similarly, if you wear hair product, use the bare minimum to prevent greasy hair later.

To smell pleasant over dinner, watch what you eat at lunch. Foods high in aromatic compounds -- asparagus, broccoli, garlic, and cumin, to name a few - can be released in our sweat [source: Shah]. In addition, a 2006 experiment found a correlation between red meat consumption in men and poor body odor as perceived by women [source: Havlicek, Lenochova]. Snack on fruits and vegetables rich in fiber and vitamin C and sip on tea made with coriander, spearmint, and other odor-eliminating herbs [source: Gazzaniga].

It may seem counterintuitive but mouthwash that lists alcohol as an ingredient is a bad idea. Mouthwash containing alcohol kills odor-causing germs initially, but it soon dries out the saliva glands, preventing the removal of bacteria. In short, it could make your breath worse than it was at the start [source: ABC News].

Caffeine is a great pick-me-up for a night on the town because it stimulates the central nervous system and lessens fatigue. However, excessive consumption can contribute to the appearance of dark circles underneath the eyes along with a host of other not-so-cosmetic side effects, so limit your daily caffeine intake to 300 milligrams -- about four cups -- or less [source: Mayo Clinic].

If your clothes get wrinkled in the course of the workday, consider a quick stop by a nearby dry cleaner where you can ask them to run an iron over your outfit. [source: Rath]. But if your clothing woes absolutely can't be fixed away from home, log on to the Web site of your favorite fashion brand, run your office address through the retail locator, and go pick up a new outfit at the closest available store.

If it's sunny, Rath suggests throwing on a pair of shades. ''It takes a business-y outfit and brings it to a more social level.'' She says

With a few modifications and a little creativity you can seamlessly change from office mode into being the stylish life of the party.

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