How to Take an Outfit from Day to Night

© Cathy Kelley

Having lived in both Los Angeles and New York, I've had plenty of days where making a pitstop at home wasn't an option. From work, to lunch meetings, to the gym, back to work, to hanging with friends, I needed a way to change on the go and sometimes that meant packing a closet worth of dresses and shoes into my car. Now, living in Brooklyn, I need to plan ahead every time I leave home, whether it's the changing elements (rain/snow/other things I didn't have to deal with in LA) or it just being a pain in the butt to trek all the way back from the city, for what should be a quick outfit change.

Pieces that I can transition from day time casual to night time fun have become clutch! Maybe switch my shoes, add a bit of jewelry and darker makeup. BAM! Whole new look!

Versatile outfits are also SUPER helpful when traveling. I always try and stuff all my clothes into carryon luggage because I'm paranoid about lost baggage. The less I need to pack, the better! A girl can only sit on her suitcase so many times to force-close it.

A key to outfits you can take from day to night are finding some good staple pieces for your wardrobe. Pieces that go with everything, and you never get sick of. One of mine, is this black faux leather skirt. The frequency at which I wear it, is borderline a problem, but I can't help it! The skirt goes with all kinds of tops, from casual band tees to bodysuits to formal silk blouses. It also doesn't wrinkle, which makes it ideal for a long day away from home and my steamer.

If you haven't noticed already, I'm a huge fan of pairing casual sneakers with leather or lace. I think it's fun along with being comfy. Why spend 12 hours running around in heels if ya don't have to, ya know? But when I'm ready to get a bit more formal, I switch out the comfy kicks for these ready-for-fall suede booties.

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For the evening look, I've added a jacket. Since temps are starting to seriously drop at night, I can't leave home without one. And this blush-toned piece makes me less bummed about saying goodbye to warm weather.

More jewelry also helps rev up the evening look, as does a darker eye and lip shade!

What I'm Wearing

Top: Topshop 'Peachy' Tee

Skirt: similar FreePeople faux leather skirt

Shoes: Asos Darby Lace Trainers (only $24!!)

Boots: Steve Madden Black Suede Booties

Jacket: similar Blush faux Suede Moto Jacket

Earrings: Silver Ear Jacket

Sunglasses: Ray-ban Wayfarer

Bag: Sole Society Black Mini Backpack

Other Great Transition Pieces

Graham & Spencer faux Leather Leggings

Bp. faux Leather Leggings

Madewell Jean Jacket

'Good Sport' Tee

'Au Revoir' Tee

Blank NYC faux Leather Jacket

White Converse All-Stars

Also, while taking these pics I apparently decided a good (albeit too literal) transition from day to night is either holding coffee or wine. But they do both make good accessories ;)

I'm loving all the post ideas you all have sent on Twitter and IG. I'm working on some travel and packing tips, and please keep the suggestions coming and let me know what else you want to see!

© Cathy Kelley

#style #fall #datenight #girlsnightout


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