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What to wear: Going from day to night

Switch to a smaller purse or cross-body bag for an easier and more evening-appropriate style.

Whether you’re a stay-at-home mother or a CEO, one thing’s for sure: you have a lot going on. Between managing the house, going to work, taking care of the kids and running various errands, women stay pretty busy, so it can be a struggle to fit in social time.

Finding time for friends is hard enough as it is, but taking the extra time to get ready for a night out or an office event is even more difficult. If you have a social engagement in the evening, though, that doesn’t mean you have to completely change your outfit. With some planning, it’s simple to make a few adjustments and take your outfit from day to night. Here’s what to wear to convert your daytime outfit to one suitable for a night out:

Versatile basics
There are some items that are appropriate to wear no matter where you are, whether you’re in the office, at home or out in the evening. The classic little black dress is the perfect example of this, since it looks great for any occasion and can be dressed up or down. Items like black pants (slim or wide-leg) and pencil skirts can also easily make the day-to-night transition with just a few switches. If you know you’re going out later, wear a base outfit with one of these items and make changes elsewhere when it’s time to head out for the evening.

The classic little black dress is the perfect example of this, since it looks great for any occasion and can be dressed up or down.

Statement accessories
A big bold necklace or long earrings add some extra pizzazz that can easily make a daytime look a little dressier. Plus, they’re easy to fit into your bag to keep on hand all day. If you’re wearing a black dress to the office, try a strand of pearls at work, then make the transition to night by replacing it with a large tiered or beaded necklace to give the outfit a little more panache.

Evening shoes
Shoes can easily change the entire appearance of an outfit, so they’re a suitable item to adjust for the day-to-night transition. Many women agree that changing from a flat to a high-heeled shoe gives you the right look for evening, but don’t feel like you have to unless you’re going to a formal event. If you don’t have a way to carry an extra pair of shoes around all day, versatile shoes like nice black flats or leather ankle boots with a short heel can look appropriate both during the day and at night.

Here's what to wear in order to easily take your outfit from day to night.

Jacket
A simple way to give your daytime look some evening flair is by throwing on a pretty jacket or fitted blazer. Wear a cardigan during the day, then switch it out for the jacket at night, and you’ll immediately look ready for an evening out. Have fun with a jacket that has some leather panels or colorful stitching detail.

A smaller bag
A large briefcase, tote or shoulder bag can look a little too big and bulky with an evening outfit, plus you won’t want to carry it around all night. Switch to a smaller purse or cross-body bag for an easier and more evening-appropriate style.

Switch to a smaller purse or cross-body bag for an easier and more evening-appropriate style.

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