How to take a summer look from day to night

by Sylvia

daytime evening summer transition looks |

Taking a look from day to night is always a covetable outfit or clothing piece trait.

The ease of switching around one or two pieces and being able to head to whatever the evening holds is not as difficult as it might seem. It just takes some foresight, planning, a well tailored closet (see our guides on how to do this here and here).

In this article, we take you through various looks, styles, and quick tips to take your summer daytime look into one that is both comfortable and appropriate for an evening look.

Black and white dress

Here’s one transition that gets you from the office in heels to a comfortable, yet chic evening look. The shift dress we selected is versatile and light enough to be dressed up or down. For the office, we went with a contrasting red look by selecting red heels and a work tote.

For evening, we channeled the red tones from the day with glamorous red lipstick that immediately adds evening legitimacy to the look. The black sandals work for an evening look due to the all black and tassel look. A coordinating evening clutch cinches the evening look.

Black and white dress outfit for summer |

Blue jeans

For this look, you start of with an errand appropriate daytime look of blue jeans and a basic top (with a ruffled top to add a little extra to the look). Simple orange sandals and an orange crossbody bag add pops of color, yet still keep the look casual and light enough for a summer day.

For the evening, we opted for season appropriate, structured pieces. A sleeveless embellished blouse and a sheer sleeve light black blazer create a very chic look, which is also cool enough for a summer evening. Low heel ankle strap black heels keep the ensemble dressy enough even if (and when) the blazer is taken off. A severely structured black handbag pulls the whole look together and adds a classic tone to the evening.

Blue jeans ideas for a summer day to night look |

Multi-colored skirt

A well cut and flattering skirt can take you from day to night with a few easy changes.  With such a great graphic print, you can make the look more casual by pairing it with a simple white short-sleeve jersey t-shirt. It keeps you cool during the day and also keeps the look very casual.

A luxe take on the straw bag is kept casual enough by the white trimming that keeps it very appropriate for day. Coordinating lace up sandals with a slight heel is comfortable and bright enough for a chic day look.

For evening, you can play up the warm peach hues of the dress, by pulling that shade out with a coordinating sleeveless blouse. A matching structured handbag (which is always a must have if you ever want to dress a look up with one powerful accessory) and heeled sandals instantly make this an evening look.

How to wear a multi-colored skirt for the summer |

Khaki shorts

With a few simple changes in accessories and makeup, this look can go from day wear to night time appropriate with a few simple tweaks.

For day, we made the look semi-tropical with a straw bag that brings down the seriousness of the top and shorts that can be dressed up or down. Flats immediately add an off duty feel to the look, alongside mirrored sunglasses and very subtle, shimmery makeup.

For the evening look, we went with golden tones (reflected in the ornate evening clutch, gold bib necklace, and cocktail ring), a nude lip to bring focus to the glamorous smoky eye look, and light peach pumps that play off of the burnt orange tone of the top quite well. All together, the look is a very gilded and modern ensemble that reflects the warmth of the season.

Khaki shorts outfit inspiration |

White jumpsuit/tomper

We took this romper from a glamorous day look to an even more glamour night look.

The stark white of the jumpsuit is begging to be paired with gold accessories and tones. For day, we chose a long wooden necklace as the focal point of the look. Warm blush and light pink lips keep it a perfect day look, alongside gold sandals whose rubber material keeps them playful and casual enough.

For night, a 70s inspired horn necklace was added that pulls that decade out of the jumpsuit. Coordinating gold heels and a box clutch add that Saturday Night Fever feel to the look, without being overwhelmingly kitschy. Peace based smoky eye and a red lip add to the  look without being too over the top.

White romper: jumper look |

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What is your favorite summer look? What tricks do you use to go from day to night?


{ 4 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Melisa

I don’t even remember when I last had an evening date. Since hubby gets up at 3am for work, all our dates are daytime dates. But I love seeing the looks you’ve put together and I like every single one of them.


2 Shonda

I love this post. It is a great tool for women of all age not just 40+ 🙂 Thank you for sharing it. I’ll be sharing this info for sure.


3 Sylvia

Thanks Shonda!


4 Sherry Edwards

I think I go in reverse. Seems like everyone else is dressing up and I’m dressing down. After work during the summer I’m either running off to the tennis court, baseball field, lawn bowling, soccer, and cottage on Friday evening to begin the weekend. So, off shoes the high heels. Skirt or pants become shorts or jeans. Blazer becomes a hoodie or just a top. Sometimes I miss those fancy getting all dressed up looks but for now my son is involved in too many sports and I’m the chauffeur and cheerleader.


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