It’s that time of the year when the social calendar gets a little busier or you’re just simply more inclined to accept more invitations. Daylight hours are extended, more restaurant patios are hopping with socials and networking after work beckons you.
Whatever the occasion and whenever it calls, you want to be ready without having to make pit stops. Ease and flexibility in dressing are key, especially towards the end of the week when the social schedules tend to pick up. Wednesday through Friday are inflated with networking events, social events with friends, happy hours, dinner engagements, etc. Personally, I prefer to transition my look from day-to-night rather than show up looking like I just came from the office – and feeling like it. If I just take a few minutes to change a few things about my appearance I actually feel re-energized and gain my second (or third) wind to take on the rest of the evening with arms wide open.
With dresses for instance, I’ve found the best way to transition from day-to-night is by creating layers that will be removed in the evening over my key piece. I love wearing blazers, light cardigans, tunics and jackets over sleeveless or tank dresses to create a more polished look for the office. For transitioning remove the layered pieces and make any additions or changes you like, depending on your destination. One of the more fun changes from day-to-night is with jewelry. You can go from understated (or perhaps none) during the day, to a signature piece of jewelry or bold color for the evening. Let’s not forget about the shoes! I can’t do a proper day-to-night transition without a quick switch of the shoes. High maintenance? Maybe. However I’ve got a lot of shoes I would not get a chance to wear otherwise. Loafer style shoes are all the rage right now and prevalent in the office. Perhaps swap out an oxford or similar style shoe for a pair of open-toe stilettos or booties for the evening. Depends on where your social event – if it’s Friday night fun, sky’s the limit, I suppose. Naturally, all of this can be done in reverse as well. Sometimes you have had slingback heels on all day and you want to wear a stylish flat for the rest of the evening. You can also add some flair to your casual, daytime looks with the addition of a dope, boyfriend blazer and trendy clutch. What is important here is having the right dress as a foundational piece and building from there versus doing a full-on change before you head out for the evening’s activities. Those days are over, no more detours for a wardrobe change.
The best pieces, those that require minimal effort but give you maximum results are of course the faithful, little black dress (LBD); the little white dress is now a hit now too; a shirtdress or; a modestly colored dress (think green or blush). Of course you can also create equally fabulous day-to-night looks with key pieces like skirts and pants. I like to swap out pants I’ve had on during the day for high-waist shorts (something I could NEVER wear at work). One of my favorite transitions in the summer – I’m wearing it below. I’ll also use pants from the day as a foundation piece and swap a button-down shirt with a soft, textured-tank and a huge necklace. Have some fun putting a twist on your day-to-night work outfits.