Living in a fast paced city like New York, you end up learning quite a few time-saving tricks along the way. One of the tricks I think I’ve mastered by now is how to transition from a day to a night-time look in no time flat. Needless to say, when AUrate New York asked me to come up with some outfit inspiration for a chic and simple day to night look, I was totally excited to get started! So, here are my four easy tips on how to seamlessly go from coffee to cocktails in a New York minute. Below is my must-have list of classic pieces, stylish accessories, and beauty products to help you along the way.
What to Wear from Day to Night
convertible bag FOLEY + CORINNA
touche éclat YSL
oil blotting papers SHISEIDO
generation g matte lipstick in cake GLOSSIER
rollerball perfume ELIZABETH & JAMES NIRVANA BLACK
Wear a monochrome look
If I’m planning on going out for Friday night, I typically like to start with an all black look. By keeping your outfit to just one color it’s easier to add the right accessories without overdoing it. For the day, I keep my outfit simple with absolutely no accessories (expect for my favorite ring!) When 5 o’clock rolls ’round, I put on some statement pieces here and there to dress it up. Because your look was super minimal during the day, the differences will be really noticeable. People will think you went home and changed!
Use a convertible bag
I bought a convertible bag from Bloomingdale’s about two years ago and I’m still using it. It’s that useful. By day the bag has two attachable straps that make it a casual backpack. By night the straps come off and it becomes a chic handbag. I love a black bag with gold hardware because it’s versatile, stylish, and will look good for any time of day. Choose a soft bag with room so you can fit anything you need for later.
Bring some statement jewelry with you for cocktail hour
I’m a pretty minimal girl when it comes to jewelry, but I totally believe in investing in the right statement pieces that can elevate a look in no time flat. AUrate has the perfect collection of effortlessly chic pieces that add just the right amount of glam to your day to night look. I especially love their open choker necklaces, gold statement rings, and their edgy cuff earrings for that rock and roll vibe that’s perfect for after hours.
Carry a small makeup bag and fill it with just your “retouching essentials”
And I mean essentials! There’s no need to break your back by filling your bag with your whole makeup routine. I force myself to be brutally choosy with what I bring for a night out. At the end of the day I want my arms as free as possible for those Martinis come happy hour! I never leave the house without oil blotting papers, YSL’s touche éclat (yes what they say is true, this really is a miracle worker!), my favorite lipstick, and a roller ball version of my perfume. I don’t always wear perfume during the day, so when I swipe it on my pulse points at night, I feel instantly glamorous.
Well, that’s it! Pretty simple, right? At the end of the day putting all this on takes no more than five to ten minutes to complete. I hope you like my tips! If you have any favorite tips on going from a day to night look, feel free to share it with us in the comments section below.
* Post done in collaboration with AUrate New York, but joy of time-saving tips, creating mood boards, and love of classic and stylish jewelry for the badass, multi-tasking Girl Boss all my own.