Come in close …
I’ve got a secret for you.
Here it is:
Basics don’t have to be basic.
They can do day and night with simple accessory swaps + a general rule that has to do with wearing flats during the day and heels at night.
Learning to style your outfits up and down is like a secret weapon. And it’s surprisingly easy to master.
Here are six examples of how I styled pieces from my summer wardrobe for day + night:
DAY: Pair your chambray shirt with skinny jeans + birks + a mini backpack for an errand-ready outfit.
NIGHT: Put on a pretty necklace + swap your jeans for soft black shorts + add a chunky heel and you’re ready for a night out.
DAY: No brainer outfit here — just add Birks + a casual button up shirt for a look that’s pulled together yet relaxed.
NIGHT: Believe it or not, you can take your track shorts into the night with you. The look here is understated chic with chunky heels + a messy braid + a white tank with a bit of interesting detailing at the shoulders.
Jeans + Tee
DAY: Start with skinny jeans and a soft tee. Then add flat sandals + a backpack + a couple of bangles to give a bit of interest. Simple, simple, simple. Oh, and comfortable.
NIGHT: Ah, the power of accessories. Here we’ve got the same pair of jeans + top paired with totally different accessories — a cheetah clutch + chunky heels + a killer necklace. I’m sure you’re noticing a trend here — flats for the day to keep comfy, heels for the night to look like you cared more than you did.
DAY: This dress is an obvious candidate for a day to night piece, but let’s break it down anyway. For day, wear it with flat sandals and a mini backpack.
NIGHT: Change up the look by putting your hair in a topknot + adding a gold cuff bracelet + swapping your backpack for a mini cross body bag + slipping into some chunky heels. (You can’t totally see them, but they’re the same heels from the outfit above.)
Cotton Tank Top
DAY: For a day look, pair your cotton tank with skinny jeans + flat sandals + a casual beaded necklace. To me, this look would be a little boring, but the silver sandals give it just enough interest, while the cognac bag breaks up the dark color scheme.
NIGHT: Cotton reads casual, so up your game with a bold accent — crazy neon yellow heels, anyone? And finally, add track pants so everyone knows you know what’s up.
Little White Dress
DAY: Pair your little white dress with a cool jean jacket and flat sandals — and done!
NIGHT: Even a casual little white dress can go fancy. I decided to go with a bold black and white color scheme, and let the dress do most of the talking.