“A woman’s dress should be like a barbed-wire fence: serving its purpose without obstructing the view.” Sophia Loren

Everyone has been talking, including myself, about transitioning our wardrobes from Summer to Fall here and here. Today I’m going to talk about how to transition your look from day to night in a few simple tricks and without a need to swap your whole outfit.

We all know that running from work to play and everywhere in between all day long may be murder on your feet, but it doesn’t have to tax your style.

I’m a chartered accountant and very often I work long hours. When I still have the energy left to go out it’s always straight from work to dinner or an evening at the theatre. It’s quite important to me that on those days I can quickly transition my daytime outfit into a night time one. For those of you who want an easy transition for happy hour or dinner without having to put too much time into changing – this is for you!

Invest in Versatile Pieces

Whether it’s a midi black dress, cigarette pants or a pencil skirt, when it comes to transitioning an outfit from day to night, the more versatile a piece is, the easier and quicker it will be to style. In most cases you will only need to throw a jacket on for the office look and maybe tone down that pair of stilettos. The right base dress can easily take you from corporate to cocktail ready in a matter of minutes.

This stand out dress has great transitional ability. It’s a great elegant and stylish piece for the office but also perfect choice for a wedding or a night out with your girls. Beautifully fitted bodycon silhouette that hugs your figure in all the right places. The flirty fan detail adds a playful finishing touch. 

What’s more classically day-to-night than a go-to blazer? Throw one on to automatically dress down this gorgeous silk dress for a 9 to 5 look (in my case more likely to be 8-7pm).  

Don’t Change Clothes, Change Accessories

I always keep a couple of spare pairs of stilettos, a clutch bag and some jewelry in my desk at work to instantly dress up even the blandest office ensemble. On a night out just quickly swap that classic black pair of pumps for sexy stilettos or a pair of strappy heels. Transitioning to heels will instantly give your outfit a dressier, more pulled together look. And finally, ditch your roomy day time tote for a colorful clutch or glitzy side bag for a more polished and party-ready vibe.


Revive your make-up or not

It’s entirely up to you – however the same makeup doesn’t always work both day and night. Once the sun goes down you’ll need to kick it up a notch.

Use a blotting sheet to remove any oils that may have built up during the day, wipe away any smeared eye makeup, and touch up your foundation and concealer if needed. I hardly ever re-do foundation (primarily because I hardly ever wear one) but if so make sure you don’t overdo it by sticking another very often unnecessary layer on the top of your morning one.

For a sultry evening look (if that’s the one you desire), use a darker shade of your daytime shadow to really enhance your eyes or just skip this step completely.

To take your pout from day to night, apply a lip color that’s a few shades darker than your natural lip color and top it off with a high-shine lip gloss.

You are now ready to paint the town red.

Guys it takes less than 10 minutes to transition this fabulous dress. The classic shape is playful yet refined, making it a sophisticated choice for both day and night and it’s also available in pink.

So there you have it! My little tricks for a quick transition from day to night. What do you think? Do you have some more tips that you would like to share? If yes pop them in the comment box below!

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    November 22, 2017 at 3:02 am

    This dress is perfect for a day at the office and followed by a happy hour, cocktails with friends or a dinner date! I love the transition you have made. A fresh makeup application, change of bag and shoes sure does the trick successfully! You look beautiful!


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    November 13, 2017 at 3:04 pm

    So chic and elegant!
    I love it

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    November 3, 2017 at 1:26 am

    You look classy and elegant! Love the tips and the shoes with brooch!

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    November 2, 2017 at 6:31 pm

    This is such a chic and elegant look! I LOVE the dress and your pumps! 🙂

    xo, Chloe //

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    November 1, 2017 at 5:57 am

    Oh my! You look absolutely amazing. That dress looks fabulous enough with its unique style. Love it!

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    Monica . Mes Voyages à Paris
    October 31, 2017 at 11:21 am

    You look amazing!!! love the monochrome look!!
    Mónica Sors

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    October 31, 2017 at 2:35 am

    I agree, changing the accessories is key. You look lovely and ready for a nice night-out!

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    Miki (@mikialamode)
    October 30, 2017 at 5:57 pm

    You look so classy and elegant in both looks babe! Great tips.


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      Elegant Duchess
      October 31, 2017 at 10:02 am

      thank you hun! I love your baker hat post! Fabulous red boots you have there xx

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    Eni Abeni
    October 29, 2017 at 10:25 pm

    Wow!!! So elegance…shoes are amazing!!!
    Don’t miss my latest post, now on my blog! Kisses from Italy,

    Eniwhere Fashion
    11 bags for Fall season

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      Elegant Duchess
      October 31, 2017 at 10:11 am

      thank you lovely. I love you bags post!! I want them ALL! xx

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    Laura - Furiously Chic
    October 29, 2017 at 7:33 pm

    Thanks for the tips!
    Totally agree about changing your accessories! At work, I don’t wear heels, but when going out: heels! Easy but it’s perfect!
    Also red lipstick is my best friend!

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      Elegant Duchess
      October 31, 2017 at 10:11 am

      same here! Heels are must on a night out xx

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    The pink pineapple
    October 29, 2017 at 4:07 am

    So cool post

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      Elegant Duchess
      October 31, 2017 at 10:12 am

      thank you lovely, always nice to see you back xx

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    October 28, 2017 at 10:39 am

    In one word: superb! And the next ten lines would only contain other positive words 😉

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    look de mujer
    October 28, 2017 at 10:28 am

    You look beautiful, I like your style most elegant. I love your look over the whole black dress.

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      Elegant Duchess
      October 31, 2017 at 10:16 am

      thank you darling! xx

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    Christine Kong
    October 28, 2017 at 7:01 am

    These are all such easy and great ways to change up your day look to evening wear without even having to change your outfit. So ingenious! What a fab post and thanks for sharing these amazing tips! xoxo, Christine

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      Elegant Duchess
      October 31, 2017 at 10:19 am

      you welcome hun! I love your post about jeans, so many fabulous choices. xx

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    October 28, 2017 at 6:14 am

    you look so glam, love the bow on your dress

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      Elegant Duchess
      October 31, 2017 at 10:24 am

      thank you Laura! xx

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    October 27, 2017 at 6:18 pm

    Love how you transitioned the look! You look stunning!

    Effortlessly Sophisticated

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      Elegant Duchess
      October 31, 2017 at 10:25 am

      thank you Jennifer, love seeing you back xx

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    La Bijoux Bella| by mia
    October 27, 2017 at 2:45 pm

    Bonjour gorgeous, what an elegant classy beautiful look! 👍😘👍
    Have a fabulous weekend too.

    🍂🍁LA BIJOUX BELLA 🍂🍁| by mia | A Creative Lifestyle Blog

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      Elegant Duchess
      October 31, 2017 at 10:25 am

      thank you gorgeous! xx

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    October 27, 2017 at 1:31 pm

    Great tips on how to transition from day to night, I love this dress!

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      Elegant Duchess
      October 27, 2017 at 2:03 pm

      Thanks Magda! xx

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    Mary Maria
    October 27, 2017 at 12:56 pm

    Beautiful! I like it! You’re super elegant!


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      Elegant Duchess
      October 31, 2017 at 10:28 am

      ah thank you lovely for your kind words. Kisses xx

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    October 27, 2017 at 9:45 am

    I transition by changing lipsick and accessories a lot, we are all so busy that sometimes you don´t have mote than ten minutes until it is go for the next event!

    Linda, Libra, Loca: Beauty, Baby and Backpacking

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      Elegant Duchess
      October 27, 2017 at 10:21 am

      I agree, it’s the same here. crazy times! x

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    October 27, 2017 at 7:26 am

    I love this post!! This is so helpful. I’m always all over the place and it take me ages to get ready but your tips can finally introduce some order to my chaos!!
    You look absolutely stunning in that dress!

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    October 27, 2017 at 7:24 am

    Great tips Elegant! Im always busy and I literally have 10-15 minutes to get ready for any events / occasions. This is very helpful and it’s such a good idea to keep a few accessories at work ! Xo

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