Saturday, 18 February 2012

Sartorially savvy: ideas for day to night dressing

Unlike celebrities who have the time and luxury to make multiple outfit changes in a day, we normal women have too much on our plate. Sometimes we have been in situations where we attempt to make a mad dash home just so we can change from our day or office attire into something more cocktail-ready.Clever? Sure. Practical? No 
The trick is to start the day in a look that can easily transition to night time/ party scene - a pair of heels and a glitzy clutch can go a long way. You should also bear in mind that "evening" doesn't necessarily translate to "formal." Instead, the operative word should be "polished." Strive for that, and your friends will be none the wiser.

Nab the librarian chic look without looking dowdy by choosing covered-up yet fitted pieces. A ladylike handbag is classy and feminine, while velvet booties are subtly sexy.

Basic black trousers are easily a wardrobe essential. Make yours nighttime-ready by pairing them with a gold leaf-print top and sexy open-toed stilettos.

A long-sleeved blouse tucked into a skirt is nothing original, but the skirt's bright yellow shade adds a little shock factor. The dalmatian-print booties give a quirky feel.


So easy to love this electro-pleated dress Paired with tasseled loafers and a vintage-style bag, it works just as well for dinner with friends as it does for morning errands.

Black is one color we will never, ever tire of. Punch up a predominantly black outfit with hot pink trousers; eye-catching but sleek, thanks to their tailored fit.

Menswear on a woman is so sexy and unexpected. Be well-suited for a meeting with the bosses in this trouser-and-blazer combo. What makes this look interesting is the metallic shade of the pants and the studs on the ankle boot.

There's something about simple, minimalist pieces that screams woman on top . Play up dominatrix tendencies with sky-high heels.

 Echo the polka dot theme with studded brogues.

Red and brown may seem like they don't go together, but they actually do Tough-looking heeled boots mesh well with the dress's embellished shoulder detail.

Trousers this detailed and colorful call for paler hues that won't compete with the floral pattern, a pale collared blouse and a cream clutch come to mind. Velvet platforms in the same color family complete the look.

An animal print dress may not exactly seem like a good daytime choice, but this dress's quirky color and full silhouette actually tones down the wild pattern. Cover up with a cropped tuxedo jacket.

You can never go wrong when pairing red with black. The blouse gives enough coverage so you can go for something shorter, like these leather trimmed shorts. Go for glittery brogues and show off your animal-instinct with a zebra print clutch.

An explosion of color may be difficult to stomach, but if you're daring enough, this outfit stands out in a very stylish way. The colors of the pants and accessories actually feature in the top;  keep that in mind when playing with hues.

Prim and proper styles always, always win because they will never fail you when you want to look polished. A lace skirt adds interest to a sweet sweater, while a neat satchel and platform loafers complete the mad men-style secretary look.

Clean, simple pieces are great when doing the day-to-night thing. A fuss-free blouse and sleek pants can take you through just about anything, while animal print loafers are a classic choice.

A prairie-style blouse and a flowing skirt give off a kooky look. Weigh down the floaty pieces with heavy wooden platforms.

 A little youthful addition to a grown-up outfit is always welcome since it keeps things from looking too severe. A pencil skirt and a white button-down is a fool-proof pairing, but look closely, and you'll see that the skirt is actually printed!

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