From Runway to Closet

Day-to-Night Outfits: 4 Ways to Easily Transition Your Look

by Rebecca Casamayor

We’re overwhelmed these days with, well, life, and the last thing we need after a long work day is to scramble for another outfit to meet clients, colleagues or a date. What we need is a collection of day-to-night outfits that can take us from morning meetings to evening events. These simple tips will make it easier for you to take any outfit from day to night in style.

1. Reversible = Multiple Outfits In One

Every woman needs a reversible dress in her closet. The whole two-looks in one is a no-brainer. Wear one look for the day, then a quick change in the ladies room and voila! A floral print has morphed into the classic LBD. Or vice versa. Even more versatile – some reversible dresses can also be flipped front-to-back, in addition to inside-out, to yield two different necklines. Four looks, one dress. 

Fun fact: Reversible dresses are also fabulous if you spill wine or food on one side at the worst possible moment and need to change fast. This can happen to anyone. True story.

2. Layer Like A Pro

Sometimes all you need to do is add or subtract a layer from your workday look to take it to the next level, or next activity. If you need to dress up your outfit for a night out, wear a fitted sheath dress with a blazer during the day and remove the blazer for your after-work affair. Add a red lip up the glam factor even more. If you’re a pants and blazer type but want to shed the look for a low-key dinner with friends, swap out the blazer for an oversized sweater or moto jacket.

3. Accessorize, Accessorize, Accessorize

There’s perhaps no easier way to create a day-to-night outfit than by a major change in footwear. If you’ve spent your day in classic pumps or flats, opt for strappy heels, mules, or go wild with a leopard-print boot. When it comes to jewelry, we love to stack it on at night. Trade your everyday crystal studs for a statement-making hoop or a chandelier earring to take your style from corporate to cocktail. Keep a few bracelets stashed away in your purse too, and layer them on as you’re leaving work for some instant glam.

4. You’ve Got It In The Bag

Between switching from a laptop-friendly tote, to a handbag for lunch appointments, to a statement bag for after-hours appetizers, you might feel like you have to carry around three bags. While an oversized tote bag may seem like a one-size-fits-all solution, it’s not the most stylish option. If you usually bring your tote to the office, consider throwing in a clutch. When you’re ready to leave for after-work drinks, you can transform your outfit in seconds with the swap of a bag. Bonus tip: storing all of your essentials in a small pouch will make it easier to transition between bags, so you don’t leave anything important behind!

5. The Jumpsuit: A One-Piece Wonder

When in doubt, reach for a jumpsuit. No need to put together a full outfit with multiple different pieces—a jumpsuit wraps you up into one chic piece. It’s a one-and-done outfit that can work in both professional and casual settings, with the right fabric and silhouette. If it’s a sleeveless or strapless version, add a tailored blazer or a cardigan over it to tone down the dressy vibes. When you head out for date night, take off this layer and you’ll be ready to hit the town.

6. The LBD: Anything But Basic

There’s a reason why the little black dress has been considered an essential in every woman’s wardrobe since its inception by Coco Chanel. A black dress is one of those pieces that can easily go from day to night, depending on how you, yes, accessorize. Pair with a cardigan and ballet flats for a tried-and-true working girl ensemble. For a more casual take, swap out the cardigan for a denim jacket and sport some chunky sneakers instead. If you know you’ll be going straight from your desk to date night, opt for a more fitted silhouette when choosing your LBD; a sheath or knit dress will hug your curves in the best way. And as always, shoes, shoes, shoes (see #3).

7. Top Off Your Look

You can’t say your closet is complete without a full blouse wardrobe. You can find blouses in any cut, color, fabric or silhouette to suit your style, occasion, and mood. From off-the-shoulder to oh-so-sheer lace, a blouse is the perfect way to show some personality, so don’t be afraid to experiment with bold prints or intricate necklines. Afraid your new blouse is too much for the peeps in your finance department? Layer with a jacket or blazer and you’re good to go girl.  After the sun goes down, pair the blouse with skinny jeans and your favorite statement jewelry.

Now you’ve got day-to-night style covered, go work it.

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