Simple Switches, Day-to-Night Partywear

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FROM VERILY‘S NOV/DEC 2013 PRINT ISSUE:

’Tis the season to be jolly, but it may not feel that way when it comes to dressing for a slew of holiday celebrations, family dinners, work events, and cocktail parties that will fill the calendar faster than you can say “food coma.” How do you stretch a limited wardrobe to meet all of these occasions with style?

Think beyond the dress and try versatile separatestops and bottoms—to enable simple switches that easily transition from day to night for even the glitziest festivities. Revamping your party-wear may also require thinking outside the closet: a different hairstyle or more dramatic makeup can transform the same outfit into a completely different look. These fresh party-wear ideas will keep you rocking all day and night!

DAY

look-1 Day Night

Pairing a chic bouclé blazer with a pleated skirt in a bold, unexpected color, is a fun way to brighten your typical winter workwear. Keep it modern with sleek black leather booties and a graphic patterned sleeveless silk blouse buttoned all the way to the top. 

Beauty Tip: Create a subtle cat-eye with winged blue liner, warm blush, and a natural rosy glaze on lips.

NIGHT

Change the silhouette from day to evening by leaving the blazer behind and tucking in the blouse—you’ll highlight your waist and free up those arms to dance! Swap the booties for strappy heels and play with fun and flashy costume jewelry.

Beauty Tip: Build on that blue liner by dusting a shimmery silver eyeshadow over the entire lid, and deepen your lip shade with a blue-red toned magenta lipstick.

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DAY

look-2 Day Night

No matter the season, you can’t go wrong with a silk button-down blouse in black. Keep the look muted with a black and maroon color-block pencil skirt, opaque tights, and conservative wedges. Large hobo bags are perfect for the office—not only to hold your entire life—but also to stash a small clutch and the rest of your evening wardrobe! Fill the clutch with your pared-down essentials: phone, ID, credit card, cash, and lipstick—so you can grab it quickly when you’re ready to head to your bash.

Beauty Tip: Try a warm-toned blush and a watermelon-red lipstick to lighten up the classic holiday beauty hue.

NIGHT

Holiday parties are the best excuse to don sparkles. Swap the day skirt for a seriously shimmering sequin number. With this fun skirt, all you need is a quick jewelry change—try a cocktail ring and a few bangles. Lastly, throw on a pair of jewel-toned stacked high heels.

Beauty Tip: Apply a gold metallic accent eyeshadow and deepen your shade of red with a layer of red lip gloss.

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