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Day to Night Outfits: Summer Edition

by Rebecca Casamayor

Like most professional women today, your life is busy. You probably spend your days in back-to-back meetings, just managing to scarf down something for lunch. Evenings are spent at dinners with friends or at after-work networking events. Add in your busy home life and putting together fashion-forward outfits for everything your life requires may just feel like too much.

But don’t worry—you can do it all with a few simple tips and some lipstick. The key is mastering day to night outfits, which will let you wear one thing to the office and then, with a quick trip to the powder room, be a completely new outfit for after work.

Read on to learn how to put together day to night outfits like a pro—the goal being ten minutes or less to make the change.

Your Day to Night Outfits Starter Kit

Some clothes are better than others when it comes to going from desk to dinner. There is a reason, for instance, that the little black dress is such an enduring style staple: it will work just as well in the office as it will at a cocktail soiree. If you’re more of a pants girl, make wide leg trousers and a tucked-in blouse your base. Or, if you’re on the adventurous side, a print dress in a floral is a great staple for dressing up or down depending on the occasion.

Black dress

The Add-Ons

Because there’s no way you’ll want to carry around a bulky bag of clothes to change your office outfit for after work, just focus on accessories to do the job. One piece of bold jewelry is all you need, so consider accessories like drop earrings, a Riviere necklace, or a brooch to dress up your office outfit.

Shoes are another key, so make sure to trade your office flats or basic pumps for something with a little bit more pizzazz, like a colorful mule with a small heel or a strappy sandal. Don’t be afraid of color here, which will go a long way in dressing up your staid office outfits.

The final piece that will make a huge difference is switching up your bag. Nothing says “I just came from the office” like a large work bag, so shift to a clutch or small top handle bag to give your work outfit a new spin for after hours.

Pink necklace

Pro Tips

Treat your desk drawers like an extension of your closet. We are big fans of keeping a few pairs of heels there—you never know where the day will take you. Think about fabrics carefully when choosing your outfits; go for something that’s going to last all day and night without getting too wrinkled. Lastly, make sure to do an “office appropriate” check before heading out in your day to night look, given that whatever you’re wearing needs to be suited for the office first and foremost.

Green sandals

The Power of Makeup

Last, but not least, a little bit of makeup will go a long way when you’re shifting from a day to night look. No one wants to break out all the stops for a full makeup session in her office bathroom, so think simple and fast. A red lip, for instance, is really all you need (opt for a shade that veers toward tangerine, perfect for summer). If red is not your shade, find a bold color that is; there are no concrete rules here. Add some mascara to brighten up the eyes, and you’re done. With these tips, you’ll be ready to keep that busy life going with style.

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