We have all been there — there is an evening function on a weekday, and going home to change after work is not a possibility. So whatever you wear to the office is basically what you will be wearing all night. Luckily, there are a lot of ways to change your look from day to evening super fast. In the past, I have spend too much time trying to figure out what I would wear to work that could satisfy the needs of a nicer evening function, and honestly often ended up packing an entire second outfit, so that I could change at the end of the day. It was annoying, inconvenient, and looking back, totally unnecessary.
However, day-to-evening looks actually are not all that complicated — you just need to have a few of the right items, and more importantly, know how to pair the items you already have. So if you are struggling with wardrobe transitions like I used to, here are four simple tips that should help.
1. Change up Your Accessories ~ Just change your necklace to something more blingy. Change out your daytime purse to a clutch. Change your blazer to faux fur vest. Switch out your daytime earrings to chandelier ones.
2. Change Your Shoes ~ If you opt to wear boots or flats during the day, you can change to a dressy heel for the evening, or change from a low-key colored shoe to a bold blue heel that matches a chic blue clutch. By changing over to heels — and especially a bold heel that matches another accessory — you instantly have a dressier, pulled together ensemble.
3. Think About the Materials ~ For example, the right leather skirt can look completely appropriate during the day, and with the right added accessories and minor adjustments, can look totally perfect and even sexy for evening wear. Also, opt for the sheerer, or even sparkly top under your blazer instead of a plain old button up.
4. Invest in a Versatile Dress ~ I have so many dresses that I dress up and down with simple accessory changes. A little black dress with a blazer and flats looks completely different than with a shawl, belted waist, and heels. The right base dress can take you from corporate to cocktail party ready in literally a matter of minutes. Plus, you do not need to invest in dozens of different dresses for every specific occasion.