Day to night dressing – growing up and reading fashion magazines, it seemed like something you’d do on a regular basis, right? But in actuality, day to night dressing isn’t as common as they made us think, especially when your evenings are less about cocktail parties and fancy dinners and more about kids’ homework and PTA meetings. But, the one time where day to night dressing happens most often is during the holidays. If your calendar is packed with seasonal invites, you’ll definitely have at least a few occasions where you need to head from work straight to an event, or from errands with the kids to a casual party.
So in the spirit of removing seasonal stress, I’ve come up with 5 one step tricks that can change your look from office to party, from day to date, and from every day to extra. Because don’t you want to look a little ‘extra’ (without any added stress) during the holiday season?
SWITCH TO VELVET
Velvet is a perennial fall/winter favorite, and with its luxurious texture and sheen, it’s the ideal fabric to transition your look from holi-day to holi-night. And it’s super on trend this season, so there are plenty of styles to choose from. So, simply trade one item in your outfit for its velvet equivalent and you’re ready to party!
Create a festive look by replacing your crewneck sweater with a velvet top, swapping your blue jeans for velvet pants, or switching your workday blazer for a velvet jacket. And check out this article to see how you can wear your velvet blazer to a bar night, dinner party or on New Year’s Eve.
SEDATE TO SEXY
A hint of sexiness easily shifts your outfit from daytime to date night – so when you only have five minutes to update your everyday work look, take off your office-appropriate blouse and put on a date night-worthy camisole. It’s a sexy flash of skin underneath a blazer or cardigan, and lets your significant other know that you’re ready for an evening devoted to each other.
TRADE YOUR TIGHTS
If you’re fashion-savvy, you know that tights and boots allow you to wear your skirts and dresses deep into the cold weather season. So, when you’re already wearing black tights and boots or booties, take a few minutes to switch to fishnet or textured tights! It’s another subtle hit of sexiness and a little unexpected – a fun way to shift your focus from daytime worries to nighttime frivolity.
SHOES THAT SHINE
Neutral shoes are most likely the wardrobe workhorses of your everyday style – nude and black heels or neutral colored booties are probably your go-to’s at this time of year. So when time is limited, do a quick switch to (what should be) your evening go-to – metallic shoes! Whether your preference is a sexy rose gold sandal, pewter flat or silver bootie, it’s a flash of shine that is oh-so party ready. And if you’re new to metallic accessories, read this to see how to integrate them into your wardrobe.
A DOSE OF JEWELRY
When you literally have one minute to update your look for a night out (and taking off clothes is out of the question), change your jewelry. Go from simple and sedate to glitzy and glam – it’s the easiest way to elevate an ordinary look into a party-ready outfit.
And if your schedule allows a few more minutes, choose two of the above to enhance your holiday party look even more. Grab a velvet top AND update your jewelry or put on a sexy cami AND shiny heels and enjoy some holiday cheer!