Fall is in the air, which means work and school are making our lives busy again, and the holiday season is just around the corner. And you know what that means: There will be plenty of times when you have to head straight from work to an evening function, a night out with friends or even a holiday party. The only problem? You have to choose your outfits with care in order to easily transition from a day look to a night ensemble.
Luckily, clothing that’s considered business casual for women is often nice enough to transition into more evening-appropriate looks – it just takes getting a little creative. Here are a few easy ways to turn your daytime outfit into one that’s perfect for a night on the town or a holiday party:
Start with versatile items
The first step to easily transitioning an outfit from day to night is to start with items that are versatile enough to be appropriate in both settings. Consider a tuxedo blazer, for instance. Pair it with slacks and a blouse and you’ll have a stylish work outfit. On the other hand, layer it over a dress or dark wash skinny jeans, and you’ll be ready for a night out. Other versatile items include dresses, A-line and pencil skirts and tights.
Switch your shoes
No matter what you’re wearing, switching out your shoes is a great way to dress an outfit up for the evening. If you’re wearing loafers or flats to the office, switch them out for a pair of heels. This fall and winter you can even go for heeled booties, for a look that’s both stylish and appropriate for the weather.
Replace your jacket
If you’re wearing a blazer or cardigan to work during the day, you’ll want to switch it out for something a bit edgier to get a more evening-appropriate look. The outerwear you choose will depend on where you’re going, though. If you’re wearing pants and a cute top and you’re just headed out with friends, switch out a blazer or cardigan for a leather jacket. If you’re about to go to a holiday party and you’re wearing a pretty dress, top the look with an elegant shrug or wrap.
Add some baubles
Think about it: When you’re getting ready for an evening out, what’s the last thing you put on? For most women it’s jewelry, which is why adding a few statement baubles can go a long way toward helping you transition your look to evening wear. Don a statement necklace, or top your look with fun bangles on each wrist. You could even jazz up your outfit by adding a colorful or embellished belt.
Change your bottoms
Trousers may look smart at the office, but if you’re headed to a holiday party or evening function, you may want to opt for different bottoms. Try switching out your trousers for leggings or tights to make the ensemble a bit more evening-appropriate.
Try a smaller purse
The handbag you carry to work is probably big enough to hold all of your day-to-day necessities and office supplies. Leave that at the office in favor of a smaller cross-body bag or clutch. Choose one with shiny embellishments or fun colors to beautifully dress up your outfit.
One final tip: Don’t forget about your makeup! Sometimes transitioning your look from day to night is as easy as adding some eyeliner or putting on bright red lipstick. Doing that, and making a few of the changes listed above should you set you up for an amazing evening.
Comment below on which idea you’re going to try for your next day to night adventure!