Two Outfits Are Better Than One

 

There are plenty of reasons I can come up with to justify the need for two outfits in one day, and here’s three: cocktail parties, Red Sox games, drinks with the girls, you get the idea. In my experience, it’s usually a pain (if not totally impossible) to get home for a quick change, but if you choose the right foundation, this doesn’t have to turn into a carry-your-closet-with-you kind of situation.

Whether I’m dressing an outfit up or down, there are a few main transitional pieces I stick to, and the best part is, they all fit inside my Furla. Start with a versatile LBD that, without fail, makes you feel great, then, let the layering begin:

DAY

The Bag
First and foremost, you need a decent-sized handbag to make the two-outfit-switch work well. Anything that can fit a pair of heels and a small clutch is suitable.

Lightweight Button-Up 
This little addition breaks up the black and adds some personal style, while knotting at the waist accentuates that hourglass figure. Keep it lightweight and semi-sheer to ensure you don’t feel frumpy (it’s also smaller when you roll it up to stash in your bag).

Fun Flats
Amp up the day look (while keeping things comfortable) with a pair of patterned or brightly colored flats.

Jewels
Go easy on the jewelry to avoid extra bulk later when you swap them out for your evening gems.

NIGHT

The Bag
Whip out the clutch you’ve been toting all day, and fill it with the essentials. Rock a color or print to give your outfit a focal point.

Undress the Dress
Ditch the button-up and reveal the cute little number you’ve had disguised all day. Adding a waist belt is also advisable (plus, it fits neatly in your day bag).

Slingback Heels
Swap those flats for a pair of sky-high heels to lengthen your legs. If there’s one thing that transforms an outfit, it’s the shoes, but stay away from booties and really chunky pumps. They’re a pain to carry around all day.

Jewels
Bare your neck and add a pair of statement earrings to dress things up. Slip in a chunky cuff to toughen up the look.

Lastly, add a swipe of dark red lipstick (the maroon hues are big for fall) and hit the town. Say it with me: two birds, one stone.

By Abigail Kuzia, Editor

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September 13, 2012