How to Transform from Summer Day to Evening

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Teal Cropped Cardigan, Forever 21 Shift Dress, and a Tree Branch Inspired Statement Necklace (22129732091).jpg

During the summer, there are so many fun things to do that you’ll probably have to go directly from your daytime activities to an evening out.  Or maybe you make a pit stop at home and need a quick presto change-o!  I’ve got plenty of outfit ideas to make that easier for you.  Age doesn’t matter.  These tips work for everyone! 

 

The simplest thing to do is to add a bold statement necklace to any outfit.  Or, you can add a crystal statement necklace to a little black dress, a floral dress or a simple silk blouse.  And an easy piece to take you from day to evening is a black sheath dress.

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Worthington Sleeveless V-Neck Sheath Dress from JCPenney

Following are tricks for casual days, for work to play, and for a plethora of other situations.

From Casual Day to Evening Events:

  1. Add a sparkly sash to your jeans.
  2. Jeans + rhinestone bracelets on both wrists layered with non-rhinestone bracelets.
  3. A t-shirt + jeans.  Add a handful of long, dramatic necklaces.
  4. An embroidered top + a knit maxi-skirt + chic sandals.  For evening, switch to a black camisole + chunky ankle boots.

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Liya Kebede and Caroline Issa in tuxedo jackets

From Office to Evening Events:

  • Layer an evening piece – like a sequined top – under a tailored blazer and pair it with sleek black trousers or a pencil skirt and pumps.
  • Tuck a chic clutch into your everyday bag and swap when it’s time to go out.
  • Trade your studs or hoops for sparkly statement earrings.
  • Finish with a smoky eye.

Or:

  • A pinstripe pantsuit and a lace top.
  • Remove the jacket for evening.

Or:

  • Throw on a dress and a blazer for work.
  • At the end of the day, take off the blazer, pile on major necklaces and an armful of bracelets.

Or:

  • Wear a button-down and pencil skirt for work.
  • At the end of the day, trade the button-down for a draped silk tank and stiletto booties.

Or:

  • Wear a black sundress and a sweater (such as a red cardigan).  Add black pumps and chunky accessories.
  •  For evening, lose the sweater.  Add a strappy heel, a bold necklace and earrings (paired with either a statement ring or bangles) and grab a clutch.

Or:

  • A fun print blouse and dark denim.  Add patent-leather flats and belt.
  • For evening, trade the jeans for a pencil skirt, funky heels and evening bag.  Add a pair of hammered gold hoop earrings.

Or:

  • Start with a skirt and edit out what screams office (jackets, totes, pumps).
  • Choose a cashmere sweater, charmeuse top or knit top.
  • Add one great piece of jewelry — either a big necklace or monster earring.

Or:

  • A linen tunic shirt as jacket + a black lace tank + black skinnies.  Add heeled booties + coral earrings + coral bracelet.
  • For evening, add a statement necklace.  Switch the coral bracelet for a sparkly cuff, and switch the boots to sandals with a heel.

Or:

  • An ivory tank top under a black blazer, a black skirt and black pumps.
  • For evening, switch to blue jeans (try destroyed skinnies) and boots, sneakers or other casual footwear.

Or:

  • A peplum top + a black pencil skirt.  Add pumps.  You may add a geometric statement necklace.
  • For evening, add flashy heels and a fun, bright-colored clutch.

Or:

  • A black tank top + printed pants + black heels or cut-out booties.
  • For the office, add a blazer.

Or:

  • A black sheath + a cardigan + day shoes.
  • Carry in your tote a dressier pair of heels + an evening clutch.  Add an evening wrap/topper.

Or:

  • For business casual:  a jacket + a camisole + dark wash boot-cut jeans.  Add ballet flats + a statement necklace.
  • For evening, add pumps + glam earrings + a clutch.

Or:

  • For business casual:  Dark-rinse boot-cut jeans + a blazer + sensible pumps.  Add a structured handbag rather than a slouchy one.
  • Dark-rinse boot-cut jeans + a fancy blouse + heels.  Then pile on the sparkle.

 

Other Outfit Ideas:

  1. Business casual, night out, or around town:  A jean jacket + a layering tee + short black pencil skirt + dressier shoes + fancy clutch – OR – substitute the tee for a knit top, tank top, or button-down shirt + low-heel pumps or dressy flats.
  2. Trade a cardigan for the structured blazer and ballet flats for pumps.
  3. A white tee tucked into something evening-ish.  Add necklaces + bracelets + stud earrings.
  4. An embellished top over a long black skirt + black sandals.  Add earrings, bracelet, hat and sunglasses if sunny.
  5. A black maxi-dress + black wedge sandals.  Add a gold multi-chain necklace and earrings.  You may like to put your hair up.  Add a trench if it’s rainy, sunglasses if sunny.
  6. Red trousers + a red or red-toned top.  Add neutral heels.
  7. A short-sleeve black lace top + white jeans.  Add a big gold watch.
  8. A black maxi-dress + ivory blazer.  Push back sleeves.  Add a black evening purse + gold bracelets.
  9. An ivory shirt over skinny black jeans + a tuxedo jacket.  For evening, add black high heels + a sparkly clutch.
  10. A pinstripe suit + a lace top.  Add a strand of pearls.
  11. A leopard top or a bright-color or patterned t-shirt or a tunic tee + a sleeveless blazer + skinny jeans.  Add a statement necklace.
  12. A white jacket over a printed dress.
  13. A white lace top + a white suit.  Add white shoes.
  14. A white suit + white tank.  For evening, add festive earrings + a bright belt _ gold evening sandals.
  15. A sweater or blouse + pants.  For evening, add gold sandals + gold cuffs.
  16. Pair a nice quality t-shirt with a short skirt, layered necklace and a tuxedo jacket.  Add heels.
  17. A white jacket + black pants + black embellished tank.  Add big, beautiful hoops.
  18. A red dress + a red statement necklace.
  19. A red sheath dress + a chunky chain necklace and earring set.  You may add gold heeled sandals for the whole day.
  20. A white blazer + a white burnout tank over red pants.  Add a statement necklace + gold shoes.
  21. Ivory mesh tank + black slim trousers + ivory blazer.  Add black heels.
  22. A tuxedo jacket + a top and pants that match.  Add gold jewelry.
  23. An ivory t-shirt + ivory chinos + a tuxedo jacket.  Add nude flats + gold bangles.
  24. A tuxedo jacket + boot-cut trousers + silky shell top.
  25. A graphic t-shirt + a sleeveless vest or blazer + skinny jeans.  Add a statement necklace.
  26. A white suit + a red or coral lace camisole.
  27. An animal-print tunic + white leggings.  Add gold hoops and a dinner ring.
  28. A black peplum top + a black maxi-skirt + black strappy sandals.

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