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5 Summer Outfits to Transform From Day to Night


Attention, busy ladies everywhere: we understand that running from one obligation to another all day long isn’t conducive to multiple outfit changes (unfortunately, not everybody can be Beyoncé with her team of stylists and wardrobe assistants). Usually, you have to throw something on in the morning and wear it from the start of your workday until dinner. To help you fight that fashion crisis, we’ve put together some super-chic outfits that will take you from day to night. Don’t worry if your outfit can go the distance – you’re in good hands!

1. Now: Shopping with your mom

Later: Dinner with the girls

Polyvore #1

Dress, $29.95, H&M

Denim Vest, $19.95, H&M

Shoes, $48, Nasty Gal

Necklace, $44, Anthropologie

Watch, $41.92, ASOS

Bag, $49.99, MANGO

What better way to toughen up a girly dress than with a denim vest? After spending some quality time with Mother dearest, jet off to dinner with your besties in this casually chic outfit. Throw the denim vest in your bag to instantly dress up this adorable lace number and pretend you’re Carrie from Sex and the City. A glam necklace dresses up the entire ensemble but isn’t too showy for the sunshine. One cosmopolitan, please! Time to catch up with your girlfriends.

2. Now: Rocking your internship

Later: Drinks with the other superstar interns

Polyvore #2

Dress, $17.95, H&M

Jacket, $110, Topshop

Flats, $29.99, ModCloth

Necklace, $49.99, MANGO

After a hard day of ruling the corporate world, it’s no wonder you and your fellow interns need a little R&R at a nearby watering hole. While you indulge in a yummy cocktail, this dress will remind everyone in the room that you’re a chic professional. The draping gives it a sexy edge, while the long hemline will help everyone in the office focus on work (not your legs!). Slip into a pair of pointy flats to make coffee runs (and dancing until dawn) a breeze.

3. Now: Farmer’s market run

Later: Date night with your new guy  

Polyvore #3

Playsuit, $72, Topshop

Wedges, $39.95, DSW

Hat, $58, J.Crew

Backpack, $44.95, Sole Society

Jacket, $29.95, H&M

Did the guy you’ve been texting just ask you to go to a movie with him tonight? Props to you, girlfriend! Good thing you’re wearing an outfit that fits the bill, since there’s no way you’ll have time to go home and change. Just throw your hat in your backpack when the sun goes down. The printed playsuit is perfect for a summer’s day, while the classic black-and-white pattern is chic enough for date night.

4. Now: Summer music festival

Later: Backyard bonfire party

Polyvore #4

Shorts, $30, Boohoo

Crop Top, $17.90, Forever 21

Kimono, $50, River Island

Floral Crown, $26, Nordstrom

Shoes, $70, Birkenstock

Necklace, $34.99, ModCloth

Are you hitting up one of the many awesome music festivals happening all across the country this summer? Stretch your outfit from center stage to a nighttime bonfire with your new festival friends in a Coachella-style getup. This hippie-chic ensemble is worthy of a teenage Jenner’s Instagram and is cozy enough to keep you rocking from sun-up to sundown.

5. Now: Your 9-5

Later: Your 10:30-whenever

Polyvore #5

Top, $48, Topshop

Necklace, $58, J.Crew

Pants, $17.95, and Shoes, $17, both H&M

Bracelet, $48, House of Harlow

If you have a big night out planned but don’t exactly have time to go home and change after work, why not add a few embellishments to your work outfit to make it going-out ready? A super casual outfit for nannying or working retail can become fabulous with just a lil’ sparkle, like this necklace from J.Crew. You won’t be uncomfortable while running after kids or finding sizes during the day, and by nighttime, you’ll be ready to par-tay Kristen-Wiig-on-an-airplane-style. Okay, maybe not quite like that, but you get the picture.

Maybe you spend your weekday hours at an intern desk, or maybe you have a super active job, like waiting tables or tutoring kids. No matter how you spend your summer days, make sure you’re dressed for whatever nighttime may bring. These outfits will have you prepped for whatever life throws your way and keep you looking fab throughout the entire day. Have fun, collegiettes!  

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