YCS Style Diary: Day to Night

By Erika, Resident Fashionista

I know that YCS has been rather quiet the past couple of weeks – and I am really sorry about that.  As you guys know, we’re busy looking for three (yes, three) interns to help out around here! We are, however, getting back into the swing of things, starting with today’s post which is all about transitioning your look from Day to Night!

A couple years ago, Torrey did an awesome post teaching us how to transfer our make-up from day to night.  So often people write about taking a look from day to night; however, I have found that either they require you to pretty much bring an entire second outfit with you to the office or they tell you what to do without showing you how to do it.

When I think about going from “day to night” I try to keep three simple tips in mind.

Tip #1: Keep it in the same color family.

It is so much easier to transition an outfit that is in the same color family.  It automatically lessens the load on you and eliminates the need to have an entire second wardrobe on hand.

Tip #2: Layer, layer, layer!

The easiest thing to do is to peel off layers to transition from day to night.  It’s why you’ll almost always see people wearing a jacket or sweater during the daytime and then ditching it for their evening look.  It’s so much easier to peel away layers for your transition.

Tip #3: Pick jewelry that does double duty.

There are plenty of beautiful, bold pieces of jewelry that are both work appropriate and perfect for date night, evening cocktails, or an after-work event.  Try to pick jewelry that does double duty so that it is one less thing you have to worry about.  If you are going to pack extra jewelry, opt for one major piece – like a statement necklace or large cocktail ring – to punch up an outfit.

Using the two looks below, you can see these three tips in action.  Fleurish Lane Boutique was kind enough to gift me the cobalt blue dress seen in both looks and it served as the perfect anchor for my day and night looks.  Even the photographer didn’t realize I had a dress under my skirt until I switched outfits!



Dress: Royals Curvy Midi Dress via Fleurish Lane Boutique I Cardigan: New York and Company I Skirt: Jones New York I Shoes: BCBG


The cobalt blue dress pairs perfectly with the skirt and the bright yellow cardigan and necklace are perfect for spring.

YCS Tip: When wearing such bright colors to the office opt for a neutral colored shoe to avoid overkill.


Necklace: Bauble Bar I Rings: Tiffany & Co. and Khols I Tablet Case: Steve Madden


You’ll notice right away that the jewelry is exactly the same.  I simply stripped away my layers and changed a few accessories (still keeping to my color scheme) to go from day to night.


Belt: Mossimo for Target I Clutch: Dressbarn I Shoes: Anne Michelle


Layering this dress under a cardigan and skirt works well because it is a body con dress.  My curvy girls should NOT be afraid of this style – it can be super flattering for you!

YCS Tip: If you’re feeling self-conscious about rocking a body con dress, opt for one with a pattern that will draw the eye up and down.  The diagonal pattern on this dress is flattering and keeps the eye moving up and down the body.  This pattern will also work on girls who have a super straight figure as it is going to give the illusion of having curves.


So ladies – what other tips would you share with our readers about going from day to night?  And don’t you just LOVE this dress from Fleurish Lane Boutique?  You guys might also remember the adorable turquoise clutch (featured here and here) that I got from Fleurish Lane. As you can see, Fleurish Lane offers great style in all sizes!  Be sure to check out their online boutique and let me know what you’re LOVING!

And, of course, share your day to night looks with YCS on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter!

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Photo credits: Rob Bergsted

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