TWO OUTFITS. ONE NIGHT.

I'LL SHOW YOU HOW TO CHANGE OUTFITS WITHOUT CARRYING AN EMBARRASSING OVERSIZED BAG TO THE CLUB

Women often bring an all-purpose handbag to work that carries their paperwork, toothbrush, perhaps a pair of flipflops and if going to an afterwork event: an extra change of clothes.

But if you're going out on the town for cocktails and get the urge to wear two different outfits instead of one, bringing a big bag is not the chic thing to do. Instead, find a cute clutch (or purse) that has the capacity to carry an additional dress. Seems impossible? Have a little faith! That's what I did when we went to Dolce on Melrose Avenue in Los Angeles before going to Club LAX.

Most people don't have the luxury of having drivers and changing into multiple outfits in a limo like celebrities do. Follow these steps and know how to travel light and be able to change anywhere, anytime.

1. Get the perfect purse.
The ideal bag is small and will not burden you when you want to dance later that evening. You're looking for a purse that can hold your money, digital camera, keys and the extra outfit (plus the original outfit you leave the house with). In the photos posted here, I chose an inexpensive black clutch from Aldo's that held all these items!

2. Plan both outfits early.
Before getting ready and thinking you're set for the night, make sure you're wearing an easy-to-pack dress and that outfit #2 will also fit in your purse. I wore a violet, silk frock from the Gap that I purchased on Rodeo Drive earlier that day. And after a luscious dinner I went to the ladies' room at Dolce's, slipped into a white short dress and let my hair down before hitting the club. And it's as easy as that!

You can't be an obsessive neat freak.
There's a good chance that after being folded in a small bag for over an hour, your second outfit might have a wrinkle or two. Try to find a garment that doesn't wrinkle easily. And if it gets a small crease, really, who cares? The club is going to be dark anyway.

Downside: You will most likely have to wear the same pair of shoes because in most cases, pumps don't fit in small purses. *ms

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