Regardless of whether you are a fashion editor, full time student or even a Supreme Court Justice, you are bound to have those extremely busy days when you flit around from one place to another, with no time in between even for a little Starbucks loving.

On these stressful occasions, it can be difficult to find the right outfit to suit the different tasks on our to-do lists. Fortunately, many professional and casual looks can be elegantly transitioned into nighttime. Just try one of these simple changes, and you are so in.

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Go Tall

One of the easiest ways to conjure an elegance that appears effortless is to swap those boring flats for heels. Not only is a heel always appropriate for nighttime, but it never fails to give you that extra bit of confidence that will guide you through your busy day.

Shoe Picks

Cleo perforated loafers • $99.99–129.99

BCBG Paris Jaze Nubuck Pump • $59.95

Jeffrey Campbell ‘Flamel’ Cutout Bootie (Women) • $140.66

BCBGeneration ‘Odin’ Cutout Bootie (Women) • $86.39


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Leatherize Your Outerwear

Glam up your jacket! If your usual go-to is a blazer, switch to a leather jacket. This will add some edge to your look that will ease your transition into your blind date at 9 PM.

Jacket Picks

Helmut Lang Gala stretch-twill blazer • $460.00

Vivienne Westwood Anglomania Renee felt-paneled leather jacket • $955.00


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Swap Your Bottoms

Switch from a skirt to pants, or vice versa. If you are wearing a conservative knee-length skirt, swap it for a pair of cigarette pants. If you are wearing baggier trousers, then opt for a body con skirt instead. On days like these, you want to show off your best assets to remind yourself that you still got it.

Bottom Picks

Jonathan Simkhai Stretch Knit Pencil Skirt • $298.00

River Island Womens Khaki jacquard print cigarette pants • $90.00


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Glam Up Your Accessories 

Add a chic accessory to your outfit. You can never go wrong with a jeweled statement necklace, an ombre fur vest, or a velvet clutch. The darker colors and luxurious textures are suitable for any after-dark event, but would also be the perfect amount of sexy for lunch with your ex.

Accessory Picks

Velvet Sleek and Chic Clutch • $98.00

Dannijo Nathalia Necklace • $525.00

Unreal Fur Patchwork Vest – Multi turquoise • $284.25 [/note]

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Show Your Sequin Spirit

Never underestimate the power of sequins. Swap that monochrome, over-worn blouse for a sequin-trimmed camisole. Or, if you have one, add a sequined jacket on top of a basic tee to pack a punch.

Sequin Picks:

Biba Vintage sequinned jacket • $850.00

H&M – Short Sequined Top – Beige – Ladies • $34.95

H&M – Abercrombie & Fitch Fallon Sequin Cami • $28.80 [/note]

Whether you are wearing jeans and a t-shirt, or a button-down and a pencil skirt, any of these tricks would ease your transition to night. Just make sure to keep one accessory or article of clothing in your tote, and you will be perfectly equipped for any nighttime event. Not having to go home and change will save time AND decrease your stress!