How to Dress From Day to Night

by Kelly Dawson

After rolling with the punches of a typical 9-to-5 (like a hectic commute, a detailed project, and a mass of emails), it's necessary to blow off some steam every once in a while. But it isn’t always easy to find an outfit that works for a mid-morning meeting and an evening bar scene. Read our memo: this guide will make that transition easier. Whether you work in a laid-back setting or a more formal one, you can switch from desk to dance floor with just a few simple accessories.

From a Casual Start-Up to an Outdoor Patio

A relaxed dress code can make your morning routine easier, but you still want to look pulled-together whether it’s 11 a.m. or 6 p.m. Fasten these earrings in place for your office, and then feel free to ditch them when it’s time for post-work drinks on an outdoor patio. If it’s still sunny when you arrive, add the hat for extra shade.

From an Established Workplace to a Buzzworthy Bar

Are you working at a company with a business casual uniform? Find balance between your daily job duties and your nightly plans to check out the latest “it” bar with an outfit that’s equal parts dressy and fun. Tuck the journal and glasses away with the day’s spreadsheets, and spritz on more perfume before you nab your reservation.

From a Traditional Office to a Classic Club

You can do a little happy dance after you nail a big presentation, and then you can really let out a few moves when your boss isn’t nearby. Sip some coffee to keep your energy up, add another layer of lipstick, and switch out your go-to tote for colorful purse. Now you're ready to party.

About the Author

Kelly Dawson is an editor at eHow and has written for Dwell Magazine, Thrillist, Where Los Angeles, and South Bay Magazine, among others.