How to Take Your Outfit from Day to Night

If you have plans at the last minute yet you don’t have your trusty pair of heels with you, think of other tricks that can take your outfit from day to night. Whether you’re heading to a party, dinner date, or drinks with the girls, you can go there straight from the office by following our outfit hacks.

Think of layers.

tweed jacket with white jeans

nude top with black pants and blazer leather trousers with band jacket

“The absolute key to day-to-night dressing is layers,” says fashion blogger Lindsay Matthews of With Love, Linds blog. “Simply start with a classic LBD, pop off your jacket, and swing an adorable embellished mini bag over your shoulder to unveil a look that’s classy and fabulous,” she says. Like fashion blogger Annabelle Fleur, you may think of a statement band jacket that can elevate your all black outfit in a classy way. “A bold coat can make a statement after work in a way that it won’t when it’s hanging in a closet in the office,” says New York City-based magazine editor Elizabeth Quinn Brown. Just go for a great color, pattern, and fit so that it complements your curves.

Dress up your outfit with fancy accessories.

black blazer with white dress tweed jacket with jeans and heels leather trousers in olive green blazer

Accessories can take your outfit from day to night as long as you know how to style them right. “Whatever outfit you have on for work can easily convert to night by adding some kind of clutch, a piece of fun jewelry, whether it be a statement necklace or fun bangles or earrings, some heavy sultry eyeliner, and a heel,” says fashion stylist Ashley Evangeline. Like fashion bloggers always do, think of brooches, printed pumps, statement necklaces, metallic cuffs, and chandelier earrings that can dress up your outfits. “Your accessories are your hero pieces when you’re going from day to night, whether it’s switching our flats for a statement heel, or switching out the work bag for a clutch. Quickly throwing on an amazing pair of earrings can dress up any outfit,” says Cassie McConnell Kelley, founder of lifestyle site Womanista.

Go sexy with sleeveless tops and dresses.

boyfriend jeans with loose top statement sandals with sheath dress jeans with tube top and party necklace

“A sleeveless top that normally hides under a conservative blazer or classic cardigan is the perfect thing for after-work drinks,” says stylist Cris Pearlstein. Like fashion blogger Jessica Ricks, think of wearing a sexy tube top that can be worn with a corporate blazer and jeans during your casual Friday in the office, and simply take off your topper to make it perfect for a night time look.

Keep it easy and effortless.                                                    

tweed jacket with skinny jeans fit and flare dress with blazer dark top with washed jeans

Don’t pass on a fantastic last-minute invite just because you don’t have the clothes. According to Charles Manning, style director of, the only thing that matters is your personality. “Don’t change a thing. You don’t need makeup or high heels or any of that to have fun. I say don’t stress about it. You look more than fine just the way you are!” he says. By heeding these tricks, you’ll be able to take your outfit from day to night effortlessly.

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